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    IMO, the bigger the better. I personally do not beleive a .22 is effective enough for personal defense, but I'm sure some people would disagree. I would say keep your eye open for a good deal on a 9mm or larger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim522 View Post
    IMO, the bigger the better. I personally do not beleive a .22 is effective enough for personal defense, but I'm sure some people would disagree. I would say keep your eye open for a good deal on a 9mm or larger.
    Ya, I would be happy with a 9mm, I think I just need to get into the mindset that a .22 is a plinker toy more than anything.

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    The simplest way to answer the question is: "What caliber would you consider too small to stand in front of?"

    A well placed shot from a .22 will kill a person just as much as one from a high power rifle. Any port in a storm..........it's better to have something and not need it than need anything and not have it. Most effective, probably not, but if it's all you got, then it's the best thing for the job......until something better replaces it.

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    Yea, the vast majority of people will agree that a .22 is not an acceptable round for self defense. You need to look at something in the 380/9mm to .45auto range for concealed carry. You can definitly hurt/kill someone with a .22, but it's simply not an effective stopping round. Utilize the search engine on here and you'll find thread after thread answering this same question.

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    Yeah what the other guys said...the 22 is better than nothing, and can kill with one bullit, but for self defense you need something that will stop the threat before it gets to you...whetether that be a 350lb meth head, armed robber, or just a crazy animal out in the woods, if something is charging you, do you think that little 22 bullit is going to stop them in thier tracks? Only if you are very lucky, and I would definitely not feel safe with it...but its better than nothing, no doubt about that..

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    .22 some times not very effective, but under-rated

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    Also, i've seen bunnies survive 12 gauge blasts and deer run for hundreds of yards after a 30 ot 6 yet i'm sure either would be sufficient to bring down a man. More times than not it isn't the caliber but the aim.
    I know, it's a handgun forum. But I've killed hundreds of groundhogs with the .22 caliber and delighted in taking them at long range with a head shot. That's where it seemed I had to hit them for an instant kill. I'd aim for their eyeballs. Because if I hit them with a body shot I often had to walk up on them and pop them again. Or watch them run down their holes. Even with long rifle hollow points. I even got in the practice of adjusting my aim lower and releasing semi-auto fire at them to get two good hits when I was out of patience. I don't know anything about OC's choice of weapons, but the initial velocity is more powerful than people realize. And the destructive power formidable. With a 15-round clip I sawed an enormous zucchini in half from 140 feet. We'd hang them from trees with binder twine and shoot from our chairs on the back deck. Great target practice. You get a good whack sound when the slugs hit. And excellent color display both to mark your hits and as they explode.

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    The .22 has it's place in the firearms industry, and yes, it can be a lethal round, but I would never carry one, and/or depend on one, as my primary self-defense weapon. But, it's still better than having nothing at all.

    About the only reason why firearms manufacturers still insist on manufacturing and selling palm-sized .22 pistols (pocket rockets), is because the public is still buying them.

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    ^I'd have to agree with that but I still love my .22's - all 5 of them!^

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    Quote Originally Posted by SigSavior88 View Post
    Is a .22 effective as a concealed weapon? Reason I ask is because ill be getting my CHL soon and thats currently what I own, I assume that it will do damage but would it be enough to stop an attacker. Assume im using Hollow points.
    Ball ammo may work better as it get's penetration and the expansion of a .22 isn't large enough to bleed out a man in time anyways so you need to get to vitals like Brain, Heart, or mafia style.
    A .22 beats nothing and it is lethal but lacks the power to be a fight stopper. I've killed 5 deer with a Ruger 10/22 at up to 75 yards so I know it will work but now that I have the funds I carry nothing less than a .38spl or 9mm with good ammo and a .308 for deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaolin View Post
    Ball ammo may work better as it get's penetration and the expansion of a .22 isn't large enough to bleed out a man in time anyways so you need to get to vitals like Brain, Heart, or mafia style.
    A .22 beats nothing and it is lethal but lacks the power to be a fight stopper. I've killed 5 deer with a Ruger 10/22 at up to 75 yards so I know it will work but now that I have the funds I carry nothing less than a .38spl or 9mm with good ammo and a .308 for deer.
    What state is it legal to kill a deer with a rimfire?

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    It's not often the caliber that persuades the BG to turn and run, but that fact their victim is armed.

    Locally, there was a recent home defense where the elderly woman put a single round of 22 rat shot in the guy's belly. He decided robbing her was a really bad idea, turned and ran, and was later arrested at the hospital.

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