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Old 09-03-2015, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by wccountryboy View Post
My .22 shooting is almost exclusively suppressed; its about as much fun as you can have...

However, in our hypothetical, SHTF, 1 gun world, very quiet doesn't make up for a caliber that is impotent for many of the required uses of a firearm.

In a defensive mode, you're not going to get to 'put a gun in someone's ear' or get a shot in an eye.... you're fighting at ranges out to maybe 50m (about limit of the .22 for reliable terminal effects) and you're using a flash sight picture to get rounds on target. You're not taking up a solid shooting position and using slow aimed fire to get a bullet in someone's eye.

While fine, and probably the best choice, for squirrels and rabbits, the .22 is not an effective hunting round for medium to large game.

The advantages of easy suppression are easily overshadowed by its limitations. If you want suppression AND an all around effective weapon, an AR in .300 may be worth considering- though ammo would be an issue.

The .22, while useful, is more of a specialty tool rather than a general purpose tool. In the one gun world, the selection needs to be well rounded.
Old timers sustenance hunting in Alaska used 22 lr to hunt moose ( one 22lr lung shot ..animal just stands there and bleeds to death ) poachers kill deer with 22 lr all the time...death is effective just not immediate...whats the rush ?
Cougars were shot and killed with 22 lr while treed.

Today people tend to recommend a sledge hammer when a tack driver will do....what do I mean...just ask what gun for bear..omg the responces are hilarity.

I for one like to use the 22 lr to accomplish much more than it is ever given credit of being capable of doing within the realm of being a responcible humane hunter
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