I know of one hunter that has killed a fair amount of does with a 22 Hornet, all head shots, and he waits for the right shot.I would hate to know how many deer have been killed by a 222, 22-250, 223 etc in Pa. Then there are others that also think a 243 is too small. These calibers are all very effective deer killers with proper shot placement. It would be a shame to take compact rifles in these calibers away from youth, women and small framed shooters as optioms to hunt with.
I killed my first buck with a 222.
I have killed one buck with a 22-250.
I have no idea how many deer I have killed with a 243, but it's in the double figures. Most were bang /flop, and those that weren't had a short well marked blood trails. I also know of a couple of bears that were harvested with a 243, but Personally, I want something in a 30 caliber for bears.