ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
I've killed deer with a .22, but that was to finish them off after they'd been hit by a car. I hold the end of the muzzle right on the skull just above the eyes so I cannot miss the center brain. But that's about as far as I'd go with a .22 to kill a deer with.
Why not carry a side arm .22 in addition to your deer rifle?
With your ground hunting skills, I would think you should be able to get that close while hunting as well.[:D][:D]
Actually Pat, I did this a few times and while it was fun, it gets brain splatter all over my ghillie and they're hard to clean! [;)]
Kind of like Clemenza to his soldier Rocco in GODFATHER I when he shot Paulie for setting up the Don........."Leave the gun, take the cannoli." [:D]