The Best Small Game Round

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Jeehs, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. .17 HMR

    6 vote(s)
    22.2%
  2. .17 Mach 2

    2 vote(s)
    7.4%
  3. .22 Long

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. .22 LR

    13 vote(s)
    48.1%
  5. .22WMR

    6 vote(s)
    22.2%
  1. Jeehs

    Jeehs New Member

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    I was thinking of somewhere in the future bying a New Rifle for Squrriels and Rabbits, Occasionally a Coyote, or Armadilo or other pest.

    What round do you think would be the best for all of these circumstances?

    .17HMR
    .17 MAch 2
    .22Long
    .22LR
    .22WMR

    Ranges- 50Yds to 150Yds
    (Armadilos and Coyotes < 100YDS)
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010
  2. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills New Member

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    If you are suggesting shooting a coyote with a 22 lr, that ain't my kinda fun Stranger
     

  3. Cory2

    Cory2 New Member

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    I can't vote for 2 so here are the best 2 imo. The .17HMR and the .22WMR will serve you best from the choices you have listed. The .17HM2 or Mach2 will reach out to those distances but I doubt its effectiveness against coyotes. Same with .22lr (at longer ranges anyway).
     
  4. hogrider

    hogrider New Member

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    The .22lr will do what you want except for the coyote. For that I would suggest a .22-250 which will reach to 300 yards. I don't have that much experience with the .22mag to comment but I would suspect it might be good to 150 yards but I'd question it's drop dead ability at that range. However the .22lr can stop coyote at ranges of 50 yards or less. So it all depends on the range your looking to take a coyote. Also a .22mag would be a bit much for a squirrel or rabbit. I think the best round would be the .22lr.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    A 22LR will handle all the game you mentioned inside 50 yards. If you plan on taking shots at a coyote at 100 you're going to need the 22 mag at least and a little more wouldn't hurt.
     
  6. tomgodd

    tomgodd Active Member

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    I voted 22lr. I have shot many pests with it and never not killed one. Big Plus because the price is right.
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Of those you listed I went with 17HMR because of the distance -
    Anything under 50yds I's say the humble 22LR except the coyote critter-
     
  8. Squirrel_Slayer

    Squirrel_Slayer New Member

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    how bout good ol fashion .223?
     
  9. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    might consider an ar15 in 223/5.56 with a cmmg conversion to 22lr or with a dedicated 22lr upper to go with the centerfire then your really versitile.
     
  10. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Any Marlin chambered for .22 Magnum, using 50-grain Federal Game-Shok ammo
    will drop everything on that list out to at least 150 yards.

    I've got Marlin 25MN scope set at 125, due to my favorite KZ being 100-150 yards.
    Centerpoint 4-16x40 gives you that nice clear view to make headshots.