22 short in a defensive weapon is IMO is worthless, just make some mad unless placement is good. A good placement with a 22 will drop a deer at 200 yds.
I use Eley subsonic 22's to kill beavers. 1050fps which is much quieter than a short as it is sub-sonic where a 22 short is not. Shot placement is imperative.
A 22lr or 22mag can be devastating as a defensive weapon because it can travel a long and destructive path. The key to debilitating a BG is hitting the CNS. If a bullet misses that and the TWC or PWC also does not involve then the BG may shoot back. I have seen deer shot through the heart that didn't drop immediately.
Last edited by balderclev; March 30, 2013 at 09:42 AM.