Deaths of squirrels maybe... .22lr has never been used as a combat round, the numbers of deaths in modern and semi-modern warfare to firearms totally outweighs that statement.
as long as I'm disagreeing with you, rm:
a 12 gauge shotgun is pretty versatile in the types of rounds that it can shoot, the various sizes of shot, slugs, nonlethal rounds, etc
though I do agree that the affordability of .22lr ammo surpasses all but the affordability of shotgun ammo ;)
just sayin :bow:
Oh and Catdaddy is mistaken: That 'derringer' is made by North American Arms (if you enlarge the pic you can see the text/caption).
I would bet you your new ride the .22lr has killed more people in non combat scenarios than any other caliber, which is what I thought we were talking about, non combat or survival situations.
As far a versatility goes, caliber rifle vs. gauge in a shotgun are 2 different animals. But using similar logic we can then say a .223 aka 5.56 is in fact a .22 caliber and we can add the kills from the .223 to the .22 section. Yeah its stretching it out a bit so I wont stand by that.
If you were lost on a mountain and had to kill your own food, what would you rather have, a .22lr or say a 40 cal. glock or 12 gauge benelli with bird or buck shot? Its a matter of preference, but all in all the .22 can kill at greater distances than say a 12 gauge with bird shot. Shooting small game up close with a 12 gauge makes for a waste of food. The 12 gauge would be better for protection by far, and shooting birds or other moving targets at close range it would excel. Other than that I cant think of another instance, maybe you can.
Its also pretty relative to the shooters skill level but you can kill most animals within a 1 mile radius with a .22 with a very good shot.
I get what youre saying, but lets compare apples to apples.