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Posted: 11/4/2009 11:56:55 PM EST
Personal experiences in using a .22 for pest control would be appreciated.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:03:36 AM EST
Horses.

My Dad puts down about one every year. He typically uses a .38 Special but he has used a .22LR
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:03:44 AM EST
everyone who pisses off the mob
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:08:33 AM EST
Most of the traveling butchers use a 22 short for cows. Goes in on side and bounces off the other. Seen a couple so dead they didnt fall down for a few seconds.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:09:42 AM EST
Any animal that is tame enough to get one right behind the ear? The OPs question has shot placement written all over it.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:14:23 AM EST
Bears and moose have been killed with .22. IIRC correctly .22 is used regularly on caribou when shooting them from boats while doing river crossings up north.

From out game regs.
Big game MAY NOT be taken by the following methods:
Hunting big game using a rimfire firearm, EXCEPT you mayuse .22 caliber rimfire cartridges to take swimming caribou from a boat in Units 23 and 26.


Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:14:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By ARMALITE-FAN:
Most of the traveling butchers use a 22 short for cows. Goes in on side and bounces off the other. Seen a couple so dead they didnt fall down for a few seconds.


(insert facepalm smiley)
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:15:44 AM EST
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:17:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.


Personally, if it is bigger than a groundhog, I'm using a .223.

Anything groundhog sized or smaller gets a .22 Velocitor.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:20:22 AM EST
XKCD would get boring if they find out that the 22 works on velociraptors.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:27:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By jrollins:
XKCD would get boring if they find out that the 22 works on velociraptors.




It is a real round though (if you didn't know) it's marketed by CCI as a .22 with "Gold Dot" technology.

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:48:57 AM EST
I know an Inuit that killed a polar bear with a .22 rifle. It took him a couple hours but bascially he circled the animal with a snowmobile and just kept shooting till it bled out.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 12:58:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.


One would reason that if a .22LR took out a cow or horse anything smaller than a toaster oven would be within it's capabilities, that being said I took out a 150lb buck with a shot to the heat at 30 yards with a .22LR, dropped in his tracks. Shooting ground hogs with a .223 if far more fun than a .22 but do the math on cost per shot and how many pests you must send to meet their makers.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:00:59 AM EST
They are routinely used for cougar hunting (with dogs)....
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:06:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.



So, you're not sure if a .22LR is big enough for rats, possums, rabbits, etc?

Also, your question is, "How large an animal can the .22 reliably kill?"



Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:38:14 AM EST
Blue whales.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:00:37 AM EST
i know a few people who killed deer with them even though its illegal
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:26:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By Tetrodotoxin:
i know a few people who killed deer with them even though its illegal


This is a fairly common practice with poachers around here.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:27:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.

I haven't met a backyard pest that can't be reliably taken with a .22 LR. I have a buddy thats taken a few coyotes with one, but I don't know how he got close enough to tell you the truth.

I would say as long as you can reasonably get within the distance it takes to place an accurate shot (within a few inches of POA) you should be okay.

My girlfriends Marlin .22 has dispatched an unknown number of opossums, raccoons, ground squirrels, etc. Basically anything that can thrash a trash can, or tear up the yard we have taken with ease at 50ish yards.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 2:33:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.


Your title begs a diffrent answer.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:00:54 AM EST
Reliably, with fair shot placement? Anything smaller than a bobcat. For bobcat, coyote and up I'd use something larger. Heck, I'd rather use a 22 Magnum for raccoon.

With perfect shot placement? Just about anything.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:33:23 AM EST
With correct shot placement, a .22 is capable of taking down one of these beasts!

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:42:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.

Ingles chingon! Usted lo habla?

"How large an animal can the .22 reliably kill?"
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:45:47 AM EST
Zombies!

Someone had to say it...
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:46:37 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:50:15 AM EST
Every oppossum and racoon I have killed has been with my .22 magnum. easy pickins. I believe people use them on gators to avoid ruining the skins... and that's impressive
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:56:56 AM EST


My buddy in the foreground took down that BUG in the background with a .22lr.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:59:16 AM EST
Pest control? What kind of pests are you dealing with?

I've used a .22 Air Rifle to kill groundhogs.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:00:46 AM EST
poachers regularly use a 22LR to take down white tail deer.

but many times they dont make a good shot and just wound the animal

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:02:12 AM EST
I guess for, "reliably kill", I would say no larger than a racoon??????
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:14:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By Shott8283:
poachers regularly use a 22LR to take down white tail deer.

but many times they dont make a good shot and just wound the animal



but a good one will drop a deer in its tracks.
just sayin.



Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:21:24 AM EST
You can kill a cow with a .22 Just shoot the imaginary "X" drawn from opposite eyes-ears, and go perpendicular into the bone.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:31:34 AM EST
Originally Posted By Warrior102:
Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.


One would reason that if a .22LR took out a cow or horse anything smaller than a toaster oven would be within it's capabilities, that being said I took out a 150lb buck with a shot to the heat at 30 yards with a .22LR, dropped in his tracks. Shooting ground hogs with a .223 if far more fun than a .22 but do the math on cost per shot and how many pests you must send to meet their makers.


What part of the deer should one shoot to hit the "heat".
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:41:18 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2009 4:41:34 AM EST by Old_Painless]
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:45:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By USMC6177:
I know an Inuit that killed a polar bear with a .22 rifle. It took him a couple hours but bascially he circled the animal with a snowmobile and just kept shooting till it bled out.


You wouldn't want your snowmobile to develop a mechanical problem right about then! eek!

I love how the natives up there demand their traditional hunting rights, but then use modern technology to do it!
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:48:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By yekimak:
Bears and moose have been killed with .22. IIRC correctly .22 is used regularly on caribou when shooting them from boats while doing river crossings up north.

From out game regs.
Big game MAY NOT be taken by the following methods:
Hunting big game using a rimfire firearm, EXCEPT you mayuse .22 caliber rimfire cartridges to take swimming caribou from a boat in Units 23 and 26.





FTW!!


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Link Posted: 11/5/2009 4:53:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By Tetrodotoxin:
i know a few people who killed deer with them even though its illegal


this
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 5:04:20 AM EST
Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.


It works pretty good on all those.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 5:05:36 AM EST
I know of some guys in Nagaland India that went hunting elephant with a .22

They weren't successful.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 5:12:22 AM EST
Originally Posted By Zan:
Personal experiences in using a .22 for pest control would be appreciated.



simple question = simple answer....and that is racoons and/or similar body mass critter or smaller. Yes shot placement ALWAYS counts.


RG

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 5:21:22 AM EST
I remember a while ago, over 10 years, I read an article in a gun magazine that stated the .22 short has taken 1 of each mammal on the face of the planet. The caveat was that the author didn't recommend anyone trying that at home.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 6:02:24 AM EST
There isn't a 'pest sized' animal that the 22lr won't easily kill.


Link Posted: 11/5/2009 6:04:07 AM EST
I believe the Danish hunt Elephants with 22lr
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 6:05:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By Dave_A:
They are routinely used for cougar hunting (with dogs)....


the proof
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 6:08:10 AM EST
i know a few guys that have taken yotes' with 22LR..


longer range and more successful with 22mag.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 6:14:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By stickfigure:
Horses.

My Dad puts down about one every year. He typically uses a .38 Special but he has used a .22LR


Um just curious. Its cool I guess that a .22lr will kill a horse but why in the fuuuu
would that be the caliber chosen to do so if others are readily availiable?

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Link Posted: 11/5/2009 6:18:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
It is all about shot placement.





/thread.



Better question:

At what distance, and under what other circumstances, can you reliably place a .22lr bullet into an animal's brain or heart?


Link Posted: 11/5/2009 6:22:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2009 6:23:03 AM EST by Shott8283]
farmers have been using 22lr as a barn gun to put down lame catle for years.. as long as they the shot placement is directly center of that little swirl mark on their foreheads.. just a touch above there eyes

drops them like a bag of hammers.. and they feel no pain


ETA: im quite surprised on how much i know about 22lr killing animals..
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 6:37:35 AM EST
Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
It is all about shot placement.





/thread.



Better question:

At what distance, and under what other circumstances, can you reliably place a .22lr bullet into an animal's brain or heart?




I'd say 15yds max for brain shot with a 22LR.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 7:05:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
It is all about shot placement.

In his books, Peter Capstick tells the story of a couple of African Professional hunters getting in an argument about the .22 and drinking to excess. One said that he could kill an elephant with a .22, so they decided to try it and see.

He snuck up close to an elephant in high grass, and placed one shot under the elephant's front leg as he took a step forward. It hit the heart. The elephant ran off and in a few minutes, they could hear it drop.

It was as dead as charity.

I've never heard that story, but it sounds believable.

I still wouldn't want to try it myself though.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 7:11:18 AM EST
Originally Posted By Warrior102:
Originally Posted By Zan:
Most people don't think of cows and horses as being pest. I think my question was plain enough to understand. Pest, rats, possums, rabbits, etc.


One would reason that if a .22LR took out a cow or horse anything smaller than a toaster oven would be within it's capabilities, that being said I took out a 150lb buck with a shot to the heat at 30 yards with a .22LR, dropped in his tracks. Shooting ground hogs with a .223 if far more fun than a .22 but do the math on cost per shot and how many pests you must send to meet their makers.


Get me within 100-150 yards and I can put a headshot on just about anything with a .22LR.
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