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Ace
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Posted - January 20 2020 :  6:23:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...a .22Magnum rifle--an impulse reaction after reading an article in an old magazine at a doctor's office.

Got a question: What experience have any of us had using this caliber for hunting; and how effective has it been on critters up to coyote size? I'd likely not use it on such large canines, on purpose, but just in case the opportunity should arise...

What caught my eye in the article, in particular, was the writer saying he was making head shots on squirrels out to something like 80 yards. Probably too far for me, but it might be fun to have a rig capable of that---and when I'd be 'done with it', a certain little nephew could certainly make it work. Ace

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Posted - January 20 2020 :  7:07:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used a 22 Mag rifle to dispatch a 90 lb Redbone Hound, that was killing newborn calves, a few years ago. He was charging me and as he loped toward me I hit him in the center of the chest. He looked like a stovepipe after 1 round of CCI 40 grain Maxi Mag ammo. I will say I was impressed that little gun "totally" gutted that animal. I was aiming for the head, but he jerked it upward, and the 40 grainer hit him in the center of his chest instead. The 22 mag is a big difference from a 22 LR. I have a Marlin bolt gun with a cheap Tasco 2X9X40 scope mounted on it. It will put 5 in a 1" circle at 70 yards. Ammo is kind of expensive to plink with 12. 15, dollars for 50 around here.

That is the only experience I have ever had with the 22 magnum.

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Deputy25
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Posted - January 21 2020 :  8:20:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ace, I've taken several coyotes with a bolt action Marlin .22 mag. I shot a couple at night with a red light, they were inside of 50 yards. Both dropped at the shot. The others were taken at a slightly longer range in daylight. Both of those went down quickly as well. I use CCI Maxi-mags. I have not used the .22 mag on small game. In fact, my son borrowed it to snipe some marauding cirtters (possum) that were after his chickens, and I have been using my TC Pro-Hunter in .204 Ruger for fur.

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Ace
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Posted - January 23 2020 :  12:11:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the help, guys. The impulse has pretty much passed, and good common sense has kicked in. Likely I won't be seriously shopping for a new gun any time soon; then again if a really good deal pops up.... Momma shocked me into reality when she listed off the medical bills coming up.
Really don't need (sorry to use the 'N' word like that) another rifle in the rack, though the .22Mag wouldn't be a new caliber. Wish this would have come up when I had a more practical use for it. Ace

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