You didn't specify game animals or just anything with a hunting season attached to it.Does anyone know what you can legally hunt with .22 ammo ? I am in Texas but I am interested in the laws elsewhere.
Are you playing? or do you really not know?
Great information JeepHammer and KE4sky. We are just starting out and this is great for us to get started. And thank you for answering without insulting the "new people" here.Hello JustSayNo.
I'm a former Military Firearms Instructor, Range Officer, and Weapons Systems Specialist.
I'm also a NRA Master Instructor and teach firearms hunting & safety classes locally.
I also compete in both rim fire and center fire rifle competitions.
I'm pretty well qualified to answer your question.
Rim Fire Cartridge has the 'Primer',
'Primer' being a pressure sensitive compound designed to set off the main gunpowder charge,
Contained in the rim of the cartridge,
So the firing pin of the firearm is designed to mash that rim and set the 'Primer' off, and that is more than enough to set the main powder charge off, which usually isn't nearly as pressure sensitive.
Center Fire Cartridges have a 'Primer' right in the center of the brass casing and the function is the same.
The idea is, the firing pin strikes the 'Primer' and that pressure/shock sensitive material will ignite and set off the main gunpowder charge in the cartridge case.
The idea of moving the firing pin to the center of the cartridge came about when bolt action rifles took over, and it was easier to machine a firing pin down the center of the bolt instead off to one side.
Also, it's widely believed that center fire cartridges are more accurate since the firing procession is in a straight line with the bullet, and supposedly the gunpowder burns more evenly and more efficiently than with a rim fire case that stars the burn on one side of the case.
I personally believe the small volume of gunpowder in the cases of rim fires, and the super fast burning primers used today, it's really not an issue.
There is NO QUESTION that center fire cartridges are much safer from accidental discharge from rough handling or damage than rim fire cartridges are.
The rim can easily be damaged enough to cause accidental ignition, and a center fire cartridge keeps the primer safer in the center, harder to impact the primer material...
Anyway, if I could only have ONE firearm, it would be a 12 or 20 Gauge pump shotgun.
Just too many different kinds of loads, and you can hunt everything from ground squirrels and small birds on the wing to bears, moose, ect.!
With the advent of rifled barrels, sabot rounds, they are as accurate as any 'Cowboy Action' rifle and give fast follow up shots.
When hunting, I often use a 20 Ga. under with .22 WMR (.22 'Magnum') upper barrel.
If I can get close enough, I can bag any game from close up squirrels to running deer or fleeing turkeys with that combo gun.
I have never seen a .22 that's center fire. As far as I know, it's just the .22 magnum that's center fire. .22 longs and shorts are generally rim fire. Two totally different weapons with totally different shells and loads.
.22 WMR Is a VERY good hunting rifle, very good varmint caliber and it's a RIM FIRE ROUND!I have never seen a .22 that's center fire. As far as I know, it's just the .22 magnum that's center fire. .22 longs and shorts are generally rim fire. Two totally different weapons with totally different shells and loads.
Never been assaulted by 3 or more people before outside of the military in a combat zone......If you're assaulted by 2 or more people, the semi-automatic weapon may be the only thing that saves you....
22 center fire at 150 yards......As for .22 hunting, I have seen deer taken by .22 ( I dug the bullet out) and I have seen deer size animals dropped by a headshot at 150 yards with a bolt action .22
In my younger days, I'd shoot walnuts, pennies, aspirins, ect, thrown into the air. Kind of a local 'Trick' shot.I even saw a goose headshot on the wing with a .22 but I have only ever met about two people in my life who could have pulled off that shot.
Found it hard to believe myself when it happened, and I am not sure if it could be repeated, but I saw it happen with my own eyes and I doubt I will see anything like it again. Range was probably 50 yards.22 center fire at 150 yards...
I'd have a REAL hard time believing a .22 LR would be accurate enough to strike the head hard and accurate enough on a deer size animal at 150 yards.
223 Rem, no question, .22 WMR if the wind was just right, and you were VERY lucky,
.22 LR I'm not buying it...
And I do a LOT of hunting with small bores!
In my younger days, I'd shoot walnuts, pennies, aspirins, ect, thrown into the air. Kind of a local 'Trick' shot.
I've never seen anyone do it at the ranges required for wild waterfowl.
Again, I'd have to see that one.
Actually, If I were going to depend on just ONE rifle, it would be a 77/22 or pump action.Ruger 10/22 nuff said.