Post by snowman366 on Jul 17, 2010 13:18:59 GMT -5
Sorry about posting another thread so soon, but I recently retired and I'm trying to update some of my hunting gear for some (hopefully) soon-to-come outings.
I'm mainly interested in the .22 magnum for varmints like feral dogs and the like. While they're good "killers" when placed well, the .22 LR's don't always anchor smaller animals the way I'd like. But I wanted to ask, does the added killing power of the .22 magnum over the .22 rimfire LR destroy too much edible meat of small game?
Last Edit: Jul 17, 2010 13:21:21 GMT -5 by snowman366
Not only will thw Mag destroy a lot of meat if head shots aren't taken, or missed, the cost of the ammo is higher too, as well as being a louder bang, which may or may not put the squirrels in freeze mode more or longer than the rimfire.
P.S.- The more posts the better! ;d
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I used a .22 Magnum (FMJ) a couple of years for Squirrels but returned to the .22 LR H.P. Several times when using a .22 WRM for Squirrels; I'd drop them out of the tree and they would get up run off. This was using the 40 gr. FMJ, and the Hollow Point would simply tear them up, except for head shots. TOO powerful. As for caliber choice for feral dogs and the like, I choose nothing smaller than a .22 Hornet, and keep ranges around and under 150 yards. I shot a feral dog last March with my .308 loaded with 125 grain SPT bullet @ 130 yards. The Dog weighed around 60 pounds and the 125 grain bullet didn't exit.
Post by snowman366 on Jul 21, 2010 19:19:31 GMT -5
You bring up a really good point.
For a lot of years now, I've opted to use Federal Cartridge's 125-grain jhp load in .30-30 caliber on feral dogs. It has worked much, much better than any .22 rim-fire I've ever tried. Plus it's a really accurate load in that caliber.
I've read stories about folks using the .22 magnum out to 100 yards, or even a bit beyond. Not sure how much oomph a rim-fire would have at that range, or what it'd be good for as far as killing anything goes.
Because of that, can anyone give me a suggestion on what range to sight-in a .22 magnum rifle with a 3X9 Tasco scope?
125 is about optimal for zero with the 40 gr FMJ. It will be about 2.5 high at 75 and 3.3 low at 150. If you have a 100 yd range, sight in for 2" high at 100. For shooting at close range, sight in for 0.5" high at 25 yds.
I've used the .22 Magnum (WRM) several years back and never had much luck with it vs. the .22 LR Hollow Point. The 40 grain FMJ bullet seem to just pass through the Squirrels body and they would fall and run off, unless it was a head shot. The Hollow Point bullet, in the Magnum, was too distructive.