Originally Posted by Arethusa
The idea that a .22 is somehow more lethal because of "ricocheting" or "bouncing" is pure internet myth.
I'm not going to disagree with you. But as a firefighter/emt, I have seen .22 gsw's on both ends of the spectrum. Moslty, they are an annoying injury that don't require much more than a cleaning after removal.
But, a few years back, I responded to a triple homicide. 3 big bikers... lots of blood... brains essentially leaking out of their heads.
The weapon.... .22 cal revolver.
All three were done with close range head shots (within 12 inches, back of the head). The bullet did quite a number on the brain.
Official report back from coroner was that the cavitation, and ricochet, essentially liquified a large portion of the brain (same reason the .25 is popular when executing someone).
I never thought a little .22 could do that till I saw it with my own eyes.
I wouldn't want one as a self defense pistol. But in a pinch, I think it could do the job.