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Old 01-12-2005, 07:00 AM   #1
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I just completed a hunters saftey course and the guy who was teaching the course said something that i thought was kinda strange. he said a 22 mag is very capable of taking white tailed deer. i have never heard of a 22 mag for deer. what do you guys think about teh caliber selection for deer?
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I think you need to question you instructor in what he said.in most states it is illegal to shoot deer with the 22 mag.i that is a rim fire shell.f he is promoting this you would need to call the DNR or wildlife dept. in your state and have a talk with them.
as gorse said,it depends on the shot and who is shooting.you can take a bull (cow) with a 22 short;thats what they used in slaughter houses for years to kill cows and hogs.that is not what hunters use.

he may have ment 22 cal. not nessery 22mag. there is a big difference. there are 222,223,243 and so on in the 22 cal rifles.
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:34 AM   #4
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i'm sure he was talking about teh 22 mag.
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Old 01-12-2005, 08:13 AM   #5
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the .22 mag is legal in Maine. My uncle used to use one but the shots are limited ( I asked him about this a long time ago) I think he had 3 shots he could take .... behind the ear, base of neck, base of skull. He was a good shot and capable of doing it. It's definately not the beginers gun.
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Old 01-12-2005, 10:10 AM   #6
 
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22mag. is NOT a deer cartridge. I suspect, I hope, that you simply misunderstood your instructor. First off, I'd bet the 22mag. does not meet the legal requirements of any
Game & Fish Dept. for minimum calibur/cartridge for deer hunting. Yes, it will kill a deer,
but is way underpowered/too small to do the job properly.
Might be used for head shots by poachers, though [:@]
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Old 01-12-2005, 10:42 AM   #7
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no i heard him right and in maine the only illegal cartridges and the 17hmr 22shot 22long and 22 long rifle.
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Old 01-12-2005, 12:16 PM   #8
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243 is not a 22 cal.

I was thinking about hunting in Maine in the future and was actually quite shocked that a 22 mag is legal there. I certainly wouldn't use one, but it is technically capable of killing a deer.....very bad choice though, IMO.
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Old 01-12-2005, 12:38 PM   #9
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Jason where are you from? if you want to hunt deer in maine i would make sure i'm north of augusta. below that it is was overhunted. unless your almost on teh NH border.
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Old 01-12-2005, 01:03 PM   #10
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he said a 22 mag is very capable of taking white tailed deer
Doesn't matter if its legal or not. Ethical or not. What the guy said is correct. For example. If I said, a broom handle is very much capable of taking a bald eagle down. Ok. it is in right circumstances. Not a question of legality guys.
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