How Effective is .22 For Home Defense

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Re: How Effective is .22 For Home Defense

Post by Greg » Sat May 11, 2019 12:03 am

rug357 wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 5:20 pm
On guns with less than 6" barrel the 22 magnum does not offer much higher velocity than 22lr high velocity ammo. In most cases 22 magnum will give less than 100 fps advantage over 22lr while creating large muzzle flash and cost at least 5X more. 22 magnum does offer much more velocity when fired from rifle length barrels.
Also, I hear a lot of people mention reliability of 22lr ammo but in my personal experience quality 22lr ammo is pretty damn reliable. Most people complain about 22lr reliability when they use economical bulk-ammo and not quality ammo. My 22lr ammo of choice is CCI 40 gr Mini-mag solids and I personally never had one bad round...same with CCI Stinger. Few years ago my friends and I fired 1,500 rounds of CCI 36gr Mini-mag HP in one afternoon and we did not have one bad round. I have had bad 22lr ammo but they were either economical bulk pack or Russian brands.
That’s some good advice thank you
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Post by jaytwillerham » Sun May 12, 2019 10:38 am

More important than the choice of caliber is the know how for using it for self defense.
In the right hands a .22 would do just fine.
But without suitable training, even a bazooka wouldn't help.

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Post by Slartibartfast » Sun May 12, 2019 3:49 pm

jaytwillerham wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 10:38 am
More important than the choice of caliber is the know how for using it for self defense.
In the right hands a .22 would do just fine.
But without suitable training, even a bazooka wouldn't help.

spoke to her daughter today and she ended up buying a Ruger MK2 and
plans on taking some kind of defensive class
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools !

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Post by rentprop1 » Mon May 13, 2019 11:53 pm

Well she can always use it to beat them with as heavy as that thing is .....lol

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Post by tcpip95 » Mon May 13, 2019 11:57 pm

A close relative was in 10th SFG. He said the real bad guys use .22 as their weapon of choice, but these guys have exceptional shot placement skills. Grandma & grandpa should get a 28 gauge shotgun.

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Post by Rchrd.miranda » Wed May 15, 2019 12:41 pm

People who are experts talk about shot placement and effectiveness of the round. May I offer the thought that the purpose is home/self defense for people who are not experts and perhaps not very familiar with firearms. Quality 22LR is very reliable and actually very effective. it makes the appropriate bang noise. Not a lot of people want to stick around when they know they are being shot at. A 22LR revolver/pistol is capable of multiple rounds in a matter of seconds. Multiple hits (or even a single hit) at close range are quite a deterrent to further misbehavior. Large caliber rounds are not guaranteed to have immediate "stopping power". Contrary to popular belief animals/people do not always go down immediately. A 22LR is easy to handle and easy to point. Grandma is not likely to practice improve her efficiency. A 22 revolver is about as simple to operate as it gets. Point, squeeze and it works.
So yes, INMHO a 22 at the typical bedroom or living room range of 10-12 feet is a pretty good defensive weapon and probably a lot more effective than the proverbial baseball bat

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Post by jaytwillerham » Thu May 16, 2019 8:53 am

Another reason for considering a .22 for home defense is the huge difference in in possible hearing damage from having to shoot one, vs a centerfire indoors.

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