What is the fastest 22 caliber cartridge

.22 Winchester Magnum
Of hunting_philipp on August 4, 2019

"Chipped behind the central fire cartridges in 5.6mm or a perfectly sensible cartridge?"

A report from hunting_philipp 2019

Horrido Geartestergemeinde,

I'll be back with a report after a long break. It should be about the .22Magnum caliber. A cartridge that I have been using for hunting for a good 2 years.

➢ Basics about the caliber:

The .22WMR cartridge (also known as 5.7x26.8) was launched in 1959 by the Winchester company. And since the 1960s, the cartridge has been popular for hunting small game (including coyotes in the USA and badgers in Germany).

The projectile energy of the cartridges available on the market is between 420-491 joules at the muzzle and 198-245 joules at 100 meters. So, first of all, enough strength to kill small game cleanly, even from a distance, but not too much as the fur and meat are unnecessarily destroyed.

The trajectory is relatively straight when you have aimed the weapon at 100 meters and you can twist your finger between 0 and 120 meters without hesitation.

➢ Hunting with the .22WMR:

Enclosed you will find tables and a graphic that show the game species I shot, the escape distance and the usability.

The tables are used for clarity and save long texts. Various small game species were shot within the legal hunting seasons in the relevant federal states. The evaluation of the usability has been carried out on a scale from 0-3 and is subject to my subjective perception. In the 2 years I have shot 114 small game in my two districts and in districts of friends with the .22WMR. This number of game (and the number of the individual game species in itself) is certainly not representative but allows a careful assessment of the effect of this caliber.

A plug-in barrel (40cm) consisting of a triplet and bolt action rifles was used as “weapons”.

➢ Conclusion:

My conclusion after 2 years of hunting with the .22WMR is that it is a small but very effective caliber for all predatory game, crows, magpies, geese and brown hare (certainly also rabbits). In a small game area, this cartridge has many possible uses, but it can also be used in a large game area as a "small ball" in the mountain socket, the triplet or the BBF for the occasional fox, raccoon or the ball bunny for Christmas.

Compared to the .222Rem I also hunt with, the .22Mag only has a limited range and is more susceptible to wind. Advantage: You can get them in a pack of 50 for a very good price-performance ratio (compared to other 5.6mm center fire cartridges). In terms of performance, the .22WMR can of course not keep up with a .222Rem, 223Rem or even a .22-250, but that would also be a comparison of apples and pears. So I don't presume to judge whether the .22WMR is better than X or worse than Y. In my hunting grounds and for my circumstances, this caliber is good and I love to hunt with it.

I wouldn't advise anyone to go out and buy a .22WMR gun.

BUT if there is a chance to acquire a well-preserved used weapon or, for the experienced nutria or raccoon hunter, a new weapon from well-known manufacturers such as Anschütz, you should consider this. Provided that there are opportunities in the area, you will have a lot of fun with the .22WMR and bring fresh meat to your plate or fur to the Kirschner.

In this sense,

Waidmannsheil wishes hunting_philipp