It is well established that the .22lr is the preeminent plinker. There is nothing else that serves this role as well as the .22; it is cheap, produces practically no recoil, and a .22 rifle or carbine is pretty quiet (you still need to wear ear protection).
However, do not make the mistake of mentally minimizing the lethality of the little rimfire cartridge. It will dispatch vermin with ease, particularly when paired with a potent loading made for just such a role.
The Winchester Varmint HE 37-grain copper plated hollow point (CPHP) is designed from the ground up as a pest slayer. At 37 grains, it is a little lighter than the standard 40-grain LRN, seeing 1,400fps as opposed to 1,255fps from the target load. This translates to a flatter trajectory and higher velocity, good attributes for the desired effect of this load.
This is an excellent choice to keep loaded in your go-to pest dispatcher. Whether you need to clear your garden of rabbits, get rid of obnoxious crows, or knock off a hobbling skunk headed for your crawlspace, the high energy offering has ample muzzle energy to maximize expansion, resulting in pests being eradicated faster and more humanely with less of a chance for wounded animals to escape.
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