View Full Version : small game caliber question

February 26, 2008, 11:53 PM
If push came to shove, could you hunt small game with .38 special ammo?


February 27, 2008, 12:28 AM
Sure, 38spl is an excellent small game ctg. if the gun is accurate enough to hit what you aim at. A 38spl wad cutter will work great on most small to med.-small game.

February 27, 2008, 01:33 AM
If I can clearly see the animal's head... I can hit it with any firearm... Small game... summer rabbits will often be with in 10 yards. It is all about stealth and observation.

February 27, 2008, 02:18 AM
Small game, meaning rabbits, squirrels, and the like? Sure, a .38 with SWCs or LRNs will work OK. A .22 would be better, but use what you've got.

February 27, 2008, 03:45 AM
how would a .22 be better?

I have done both and they are both a heck of a lot of fun.


February 27, 2008, 01:19 PM
For the sport of it- I kinda wish .38 S&W was still affordable. I put an end to several smallish critters with one when I was stationed in Ky some years back.

February 27, 2008, 08:28 PM
how would a .22 be better?

Cheaper for sure. In a rifle, they are also quieter. In fact, I'm going exclusively to .22 CB shorts now. They sound about like a pellet gun.

quack fiend
February 28, 2008, 07:16 AM
Get a suppressor, and you can go back to full-power (standard-velocity) .22 LR and still sound like a daisy red-ryder :D

February 28, 2008, 10:27 AM
Get a suppressor, and you can go back to full-power (standard-velocity) .22 LR and still sound like a daisy red-ryder

Yes, but the game warden would make sure that I spent the next several years being "special friend" to a cellmate nicknamed Tiny. :barf: I'll stick with the CB caps.

February 28, 2008, 11:45 AM
I have never tried it, apparently .38 swc turned backwards will be slow and have such a hollow pt that it will make a squirrel POP. I however am not a gunsmith, not in a profession where I use a weapon, I am a slightly hungover college student so take any thing I tell you with a grain of salt (and follow that salt with tequilla, and follow that with lime).:D


quack fiend
February 28, 2008, 02:15 PM
ok Doyle, I must assume then that you can't legally own one in Florida. They just became legal in MS a few years ago, and my .22 and .45 cans were definitely worth the hassle and expense.

February 28, 2008, 05:21 PM
You can own a suppressor in Florida (subject to the various federal requirements), you just can't hunt with one.

February 28, 2008, 06:51 PM
I took a rabbit once with a 30/06 so I guess a 38 would work too.:D

February 28, 2008, 07:28 PM
Yes if thats all a man had and needed to eat some meat. A .22 would do just fine though and be alot cheaper.

February 28, 2008, 10:17 PM
A lot of cowboys ate rabbits, birds snakes and deer taken with a 36 slug. Or with a 44 slug. Most of the time not the rifle.