I have to at least disagree somewhat with clayshooter, killerb, & DHM.
I don't mean to flame any comments, but just offering my opinion on the 22mag from using one and trial and error. I had access to a camp, 170 acres a mix of woodland, tillable lots, & hedgerows with a few old logging trails. Borrowed a friends 882 one fine weekend to try out. Next month I purchased a 25mn because I couldn't find an 882 within a 100 miles plus Im stubborn and the 25mn is the same rifle with a different stock & sights. No matter she was scoped from day 1.
The following season in fact 2-3 years total after that I took to squirrel hunting in a big way. Truth be known it was not why I bought the rifle, but so many, I mean so many times I went out for fox and the greys would be out in force, so I caved. Not a bad thing though I'll tell you why. I got to try and experiment with lots of ammo. CCI, Remington, Winchester, Armscor, PMC - from the 30's to the mid weights, to the 50's. The marlin twist seems to favor the 40 gr, but those supremes are smokin`. I liked the v-max but it had it's own poi compared to anything else I shot, and this didn't fit into my plan. Wanted two-three rounds with a similar poi and acceptable accuracy. At the time I found them, Remington's 40 grain hp & soft-point, & Winchester's 40 gr jacketed hp. Most of the hollow points worked great on critters like racoons & woodchucks. The soft-point was the trick when it comes to less damage. Even on squirrel. I also took this rile and ammo to Shawnee 03`, where a few dozen dedicated squirrel hunters saw the same results. Btw I consider myself a decent hunter, but I was humbled by some of the talents some of these people had. From cleaning squirrels to Identifying mast trees - quite the collection of rimfires there too. Good friend of mine brought a caplock he built. I got to enjoy Texas sweet onions roasted on coals, carp on crackers, homemade brews, and met some of the finest people from all over, including a fella from UK. Ok this is a bit off topic but if you want to find out more there are a few threads on the Shawnee Ill. national squirrel hunt at rimfirecentral.
How about this if you want to see:
- an average morning haul from old camp in the fall, 25mn & Rem 40 gr. soft points.
- same rifle, same ammo on fox.
And so to rebute that the 22wmr is to damaging, I'll just say I have seen water roll of a ducks back and leave it at that.
On the other hand shooting squirrels with hollow-points - generaly does turn them inside out. I had images of the sorts as well but misplaced them. I had images of results from firing several different 22wmr ammo into wet phone books, pulled the bullets as to record and remember the results. What does that prove? Probably nothing to anyone who hasn't done that or if your tired of me rambling already. Plus there's no garuntees of course. However I belive from trial and error, which 22wmr ammo will pencil through, and which will not. Btw; the winchester 40 gr. jhp mushroomed almost like you would expect a jsp to do. And these days CCI loads for Rem. rimfire and the 40 hp is the same as the CCI maxi-mag. Winchester has moved rimire facitities, and the v-max? I dunno but rumor has it CCI is developing a gamepoint 22wmr. Less velocity or some jazz.
If I was going squirrel hunting I would have no problem using the 60, or a good 10/22. But if seasons are overlapping, and up here the do, Im going to take the 25mn out. I friggin love that rifle. It's not just I know what it can do or how to use it with the right ammo. Lots of areas near central New York and 'developed'. And even if this wasn't the case the report is low, this can be attractive. But it realy just adds to the 22wmr's usefullness.
To close by the end of the third year there the Eastern population was begining to flourish. I like to think I had a part in that. You want to know what the pisser part is - I don't have access to that place anymore. And I can tell you I miss it something feirce. The guy we sub-leased from went and had some of the woods logged, one fine day I show up to go camping and do some hunting and the state police were there, and the landowner. I didn't get into any trouble but it wasn't a good day for old Freddie.