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Originally posted by smokeythabear
reply to post by Highlandlad
Well for small game a .22 should be ok but haha if the S were to HTF, don't expect to drop something any bigger than a big dog with 1 bullet. I would recommend a slightly larger caliber.
Originally posted by Bluesquid
Im starting to think, with the repetition and intensity of the .22 as a TSHF caliber of choice , that its a bit of dis info.
Originally posted by kettlebellysmith
To those who are debating the effectiveness of a 22 rifle against a human, let me throw in my $.02, since I have seen 1st hand what one of these weapons can do. I used to work in ER in another life, and saw more than my share of these wounds. One was a 90 year old woman who had been shot in the head with a .22 during burglary. She was appeared to be unhurt, other than a small entry room on her forehead near the hair line.
We did a skull series to see what damage was done. The bullet shattered leaving bits of lead approximately the size of a grain of sand under her scalp.
A fourteen year old was not so lucky. He and a buddy were target shooting. They got careless and one was hit in right mid clavicular line. The .22 caliber bullet is fairly high volacity and tends to take the path of least resistance. After it bounced around in his chest, perforated his stomach and several loops of intestine, it exited about one inch above his left illiac crest. He lived because of a good surgeon and good nurses, but ended up addicted to pain meds.
Don't underestimate what a small caliber weapon can do. The damage done to the fourteen year old was done by ONE bullet. If I was being threatened, I would be intentionally aiming for center mass, which means the odds of hitting a major artery or two, or even hitting the heart, would go up tremedously.
I don't advocate using a small caliber for self defense, but I would if I had to.