they are NOT a good option, but we here in Maine use em occasionally.
we had a permit back a while ago to take em out of an apple orchard, and we used a 22 m because of the mild report.
it never woke anyone up.
with a broadside shot, and held well into the crease behind the shoulder, we took does that field dressed anywhere from 90-140 lbs.
shots ranged from 35-90 yards and usually had a dead deer within about 50 yards...
the bullet will break a rib on entry, and get stuck on one at the far side of the cavity.
they held together much better than i expected.
THAT BEING SAID.... THIS WAS DONE IN A VERY CONTROLLED SETTING. I DO NOT RECCOMEND IT FOR HUNTING IN NORMAL SITUATIONS
it is not a deer cartridge, by any means....
at the very least step up to the 22 hornet.
yes a 22 mag. will kill a deer ..it will also wound them too...i suppose a wellthrown rock would kill a deer but i wouldnt advise that either...the fact of the matter is i think you are ill advised to hunt white tail with a 22 if you have other options...kinda like trying to out run john force on a moped!
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