This is a discussion on .22LR vs. Archery Tackle on Big Game within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by JAT40 Head shot--.22 Lung shot-- broad head. And there you have it - I agree completely. Cows and hogs are commonly 'slaughtered' ...
The answer to your question is the .22 lr will hit harder. It will hit with more energy than an arrow at those distances.
Which would I use for a deer, the arrow.
Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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This dose not compute. A bow and arrow kills by loss of blood or by flooding the deer's lungs with blood. The 22 caliber dose minimal damage unless it is a well placed head shot.This is why they are not legal to use on deer.
Most of us would be far more likely to have a .22 rifle, I have three, than a bow, I have none.
Most of us would be far more proficient with a .22 rifle than a bow.
Most of us would have a better chance making a head shot with a .22, than a heart-lung shot with a bow.
Based on the response of cows and hogs to a .22 shot to the head, the deer would be more likely to drop than run as often happens with a heart-lung shot, so we'd be able to find it easier.
Just some thoughts.
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