The .22 is something I have always used and liked . Matter of fact , I still have the gun I used as a kid , a Win. model 190 . It still fires like new after all these years . At the same time , I dont take it very seriously . Its a good training round for very young adults , and good for small game . After that ………..well lets just say that I wouldnt buy another 22 for any reason . For hunting , a good air rifle will serve you just as well as a .22 . I have killed rabbits and other varmints with a pump 177 cal pellet gun , very easily ………less noise as well . Just Sayin .