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#5451869 - 12/01/14 02:37 PM 22 Hornet!!
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Well, 1st off I had a great weekend with the family at the lease. Took both my girls (8&10), out for 2 evening hunts and somehow we saw lots of deer. My oldest daughter kinda hinted around that said she was interested in trying to shoot a deer. I have a buddy that has a 22 hornet that I can use. So my question is a 22 hornet with a 45-50 grain bullet enough to humanely harvest a doe or should I bite the bullet and buy a 243 for her?

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#5451875 - 12/01/14 02:39 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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#5451886 - 12/01/14 02:42 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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buy the 243 because, then it will be theirs
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#5451888 - 12/01/14 02:42 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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Definitly not my first choice or second or third or... you get the picture.

A hornet to me is a neck/head shooting bullet. It almost 100% of the time will not give you a blood trail to follow and typically wont die in its tracks from shots in or behind the shoulder. I would suggest you find a better caliber.
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#5451904 - 12/01/14 02:47 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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I took my first ever deer (smallish doe) one shot through the chest with an old Winchester .22 Hornet and a 45 grain soft point. 80 yards, she dropped in place like a rock.

I have a soft spot for the .22 Hornet.

That being said, go with at the VERY least a .223 Remington or larger. After all these years, I am still under the impression I lucked out with PERFECT shot placement on that one. It was the first and only deer I ever took with that round.

It's all about shot placement.
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#5452056 - 12/01/14 03:35 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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Go with the 243, it will be hers, not something borrowed for a day or 2. Making memories with her own gun is the way to go.
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#5452066 - 12/01/14 03:39 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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http://www.sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore.c...synthetic-stock also a $50 mail in rebate. 22 hornet is too small IMO.

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#5452115 - 12/01/14 03:59 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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Single shot 243 youth gun or 22-250. Both are great guns. I have a friend that still has his single shot 243 and it's rare he doesn't take it to the stand. I've shot 4 deer with that gun and 4 more with my uncles 22 250. I have my Grandfather's 308 and that is the gun I will use until I pass it to my son or grandson some day. Deffinately buy her something it will mean the world to her that her first gun deer and great experience will all come from you. My dad's not a hunter but he does fish. I still own the first reels he gave me and will never get rid of them.

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#5452238 - 12/01/14 04:41 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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243 for sure.
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#5452258 - 12/01/14 04:49 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: dogcatcher]
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Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
Making memories with her own gun is the way to go.

^ Priceless, must do!

<grin>Though consider moving to a 270/308/30-06 - we all know which is best!</grin>
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#5452429 - 12/01/14 05:53 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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223 would be a better starting gun. use a non varmit bullet, and keep the distance under 75 yards or so and it will do fine. I started my boys out with a .222 and they killed several deer and hogs with it.

it's a texas philosophy that we think we need a gun generating 48,000 ft lbs of energy to kill a 150 lb animal

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#5452641 - 12/01/14 07:29 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Mickey Moose]
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Originally Posted By: Mickey Moose
Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
Making memories with her own gun is the way to go.

^ Priceless, must do!

<grin>Though consider moving to a 270/308/30-06 - we all know which is best!</grin>


For 8,10 yo girls? Go .223, .243
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#5452650 - 12/01/14 07:33 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: kyle1974]
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Originally Posted By: kyle1974
223 would be a better starting gun. use a non varmit bullet, and keep the distance under 75 yards or so and it will do fine. I started my boys out with a .222 and they killed several deer and hogs with it.

it's a texas philosophy that we think we need a gun generating 48,000 ft lbs of energy to kill a 150 lb animal


Dead is dead...but certain calibers increase your margin of error. Many of the kids on the ranch have used the 300UM. Some call it overkill, but I have never had a deer be too dead
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#5452703 - 12/01/14 07:53 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Mambajeep]
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Originally Posted By: Mambajeep
Originally Posted By: Mickey Moose
Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
Making memories with her own gun is the way to go.

^ Priceless, must do!

<grin>Though consider moving to a 270/308/30-06 - we all know which is best!</grin>

For 8,10 yo girls?

No, the serious part was...
Originally Posted By: Mickey Moose
Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
Making memories with her own gun is the way to go.

^ Priceless, must do!

The remainder was in fun referring to the never-ending debate, on this forum and probably every other as well, of "which caliber is best".
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#5452705 - 12/01/14 07:54 PM Re: 22 Hornet!! [Re: Javelin74]
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22-250 with barnes vortex ammo 50 grn TSX i have killed 7 deer with it this year (Does and spikes) the tsx gives a nice exit wound even qtring on thru the neck

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