Re: .22 mag for deer
The first year I had my 300RUM, it was used by a friend who shot a small buck dead center in the guts on the first day of rifle season. Chunks of intestine, and corn kernels were found at the impact sight(from the neighbors corn field), and we trailed it for abourt half a mile until the snow melted and we couldn't follow the very sparse blood anymore. We looked the rest of the day for it, and couldn't find it. We found it the 3rd day of the season, about 500 yards from where we lost the last blood in a thicket two days earleir. The same buddy shot one the next year, in the same exact spot(middle of the guts), with a 6mm remington and it ran 200 yards, bedded down, and died in 15 minutes. The small bullet fragmented better(more bullet design than caliber size) and led to more shock and blood loss. It's not always the bigger caliber that wins out. But good shot placement wins every time. I'd take a good hit with a .22mag over a marginal hit with a 300 win mag any day.
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