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Default How to kill a 'chuck with a .22 RF?

This may sound like a strange question but...How do you kill a woodchuck? Specifically, where do you hit them for a quick kill with a low-noise 22 LR?


In the past, I've always got one-shot quick kills with 22 center fires but these are not an option for me now in many cases. I have to shoot in areas where people complain of gunshots, therefore suppressed subsonic or low-noise 22's are the only option. Ranges are now typically 20 to 35 yards.


Last year I shot several chucks and I thought that head-shots would be the best option as opposed to going for heart/lung shots. I guess they have small brains because none of my head shots were one-shot kills, with the animals requiring several more shots to finish them while they thrashed around dragging their heads all over the ground smearing blood...not a desirable situation. I don't like to create suffering.


To make a long story short, I cannot loose a wounded animal and I need to do the job while attracting as little attention as possible. Advice?
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I'd go with an accurate head shot or two with expanding bullets. Depending on your state, a suppressor would be a good thing to have.
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Don't go for just a head shot, go for a specific area of the head.
In the ear hole or just behind the ear for a side shot.
The base of the skull for a rear shot.
From the front,a line between the eyes if he's on all fours, or right up his nose if he's upright.

And use a rifle that's capable of hitting those small targets, and use hollow points.
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Hmm, never had one move after a hit to the cranium with a Remington Subsonic .22lr. Well, except for them hoisting their tail in the surrender quiver.

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