hunting bigger game / .22 caliber/magnum

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by hunterforcenturies, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. hunterforcenturies

    hunterforcenturies New Member

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    i grew up hunting all my life so i know my guns-like how great sports coach does with his/her players-and i have stories to share hunting bigger game with the smallest caliber in rifles. my own personal one: we went out in western alaska to hunt caribou, and i was given a .22 with a rifle scope mounted on it. i asked the owner what is the distance sighted for it. he replied, "200 yds". then off we went. we saw herd, and we chased them. i asked to get off at some time after watching how the herd moved. then i waited... as the herd went up hill, i ran, then they turned right (my left). i ran a few yds and positioned myself. they were about 50 yds, so i dropped my cross hairs down to their feet and knees and fired when i knew it was going to hit the torso (i crossed my fingers it did) AND HIT EXACTLY BETWEEN THE RIBS, WENT THROUGH THE LUNGS, AND OUT! IN BETWEEN THE RIBS THE OTHER SIDE!!!! the young bull stumbled and i ran down to my prey and shot right behind the ear for the kill shot. i took the advice of a local: hunt only the subservients of a dominant bull and allow the strong genes to flourish. i gave a portion of it to a local elderly couple as a gift as their gratefulness is a blessing as the locals say.... incredible story but i did it!!
     
  2. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

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    You paid to go caribou hunting with a .22 ??? Not sure how thats LRH.
    I do know the native people sneak up on big game and stick a .22 in the ear and the animal goes down. Dont seem very longe range to me but congrats on your kill.
     

  3. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    The hunt that you described certainly would cross the ethetical line in the minds of many hunters, myself included. I can't remeber the last time I pulled the trigger on a biggame animal and had "to cross my fingers" in the hope that my trick shot didn't result in the lingering death of the animal.

    Maybe you should have posted this on shortrangehunting.com. You may find more like minded hunters there.
     
  4. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    I would have been more confident throwing a rock at it!
     
  5. Troutslayer

    Troutslayer Well-Known Member

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    I don't believe this for a second. Why would an outfitter ask you to do something like that? Who sights a .22 LR in at 200 yards? How could you possibly have known the drop chart on a .22 and that you had to aim near the knees? Also, from a management standpoint taking a larger and older animal is probably best for preservation of a herd. That bull you took was probably a direct descendant of the oldest and strongest bull.

    Let me tell you about the time I took an elephant with my pellet gun...
     
  6. pretex

    pretex Well-Known Member

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    Inuits(eskimos) in greenland use 22.'s and 222's for hunting polarbears and caribou.
     
  7. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    And cave men used clubs and stones. Does this justify this method as a modern sporting method?
     
  8. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    I find this story a little hard to beleive on the facts. I don't think a 22 LR wouild penetrate through that game at 50 yards. I also know that my 22 scope combo isn't capeable of sighting in at 200 (need at least 65 MOA of adjustment inorder to make it).
     
  9. RossN

    RossN Active Member

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    I have shot a number of deer with a .22 using subsonic hollow points, the largest being a red/wapiti cross that went 115kg on the hook. That was shot (2x) in the neck, but I had pass through several times with fallow deer shot through the ribs. There isn't much in there to stop a bullet, and if you can see where they run then I expect that it would work ok on deer as large as a caribou. I know that it is not ideal, but I know it works.
    On the other hand, what was the point of telling the story in the first place?

    Regards,

    Ross
     
  10. Coues Sniper

    Coues Sniper Well-Known Member

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    This thread is lame, and reeks of BS
     
  11. blygy

    blygy Well-Known Member

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    hunting bigger game / .22 caliber/magnum HUH????

    So what was it he shot with?? A 22LR or a 22Mag as in the title.. Or is he refering to a 222 Rem Mag???

    A 22 Mag @ 50 yards??? I dunno.. I shot a yote with one @ 40 yards head on in the chest and it sacked him out.. Then he got up and made like a roadrunner.. I caught him with the next one and shut him down but he still needed a finisher..

    I guess anything will kill something if your willing to wait for it to die, archery guys do it all the time, but I think even a 22 mag would be hard pressed to kill a caribou but a 22LR..

    I dunno.. just strange and to be proud of doing something like this.. Says something about him and his mentallity.
     
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  12. soren

    soren Well-Known Member

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    Only Bob Lee Swagger could make legit kills at that distance w/ a .22lr :p .....Shooting a large animal with a .22 borders on cruelty or BS. I shot a raccoon when I was a kid w/ a .22. It took 4 shots to kill him. The first shot he just looked at me and growled. Yes, you could kill a large animal w/ a .22; but you can't expect to make a quick kill with it. :mad: