Originally Posted by warhawk77
I forgot to ask the question earlier.
How much stopping power do 22 have? I am talking 22 long. Someone is trying to tell me a 22 isn't worth anything and clothing can stop the bullet. I guess if you wear a few dozen layers it might.
My thought is if you punch a lung on a deer or even a bear it will die, might take a bit and I wouldn't want to hang out with the bear he will be pretty pissed.
You're correct, a guide in Montana decades ago left his horse and rifle with his client to search for a downed elk, while searching a mamma grizzly bear took offense to him coming so close to her cubs and charged him. Fortunately he was at the bottom of a rocky cliff and was able to push himself far enough into a crevice to keep from being mauled to death and emptied his .22 revolver into the bears face. The client eventually made it back to the base camp, a search party went out and found the guide alive and the bear dead. After that incident the minimum caliber allowed by a guide in Montana is a .357 magnum.
A .22 will kill larger animals, but you don't want to be around while you wait for some of them to die, or at least in a place they can reach you. Ask any game warden and they'll probably tell you that .22s are a favorite for whitetail deer poachers. I know the wardens around here tell me that.