I imagine you can kill an elephant with a 22
I hate to tell you friend but that's just ridiculous. That's the kind of thinking that makes me post the things I do when I see people touting the value of the mighty .22 as a SD weapon. My "wife's" cousin was indeed lucky but that kind of thing happens a lot with .22's. They tend to follow the bone instead of penetrate it on larger animals. I've heard of people killing a walrus with a .22. That does NOT mean you can kill an elephant. They are incredibly hard to kill.
And the usual insults about my ability to shoot accurately are just pure bull. I happen to be an excellent shot (I have a $100 bill that says I can shoot better than you - keep in mind that I won about 12 out of the last 16 contests I shot in) but that isn't even the point. Sure you can kill a human if you have time to take the perfect shot or if you get lucky and hit them just right. But taking your time to line up a shot on someone is usually called murder and counting on luck is not a good idea.
Watch the video. That's what will happen with a .22 in a SD situation. You can't argue with that video. It shows very clearly that hitting someone in the chest is not all that easy. And the shots that did hit the lawyer in the chest did NOT kill him. They didn't even come close to killing him. They didn't knock him down and they didn't stop him. He "walked" away. And that was after the shooter emptied two handguns at point blank range trying to kill him. If that isn't proof I don't know what is. In case you missed the video you can find it here:
Yes the lawyer "eventually" goes down but it wasn't because his life was threatened. It was likely shock. Getting shot is no fun even from a .22. But imagine that lawyer was a doped out loonie with a big tendency to violence. And then imagine that he brought his own gun, a .45. Tell me you would want to tangle with someone carrying a .45 if you had a .22. If you would then you would not be very smart.
BTW I've seen hundreds of coons shot with a .22. Not one of them was ever knocked over backwards in a loop. In fact the vast majority never moved at all. I hunted coon for 40 years or so before my knees decided they didn't like hills any more. At one time the furs were worth big bucks and when season came we harvested a huge number.
You most certainly can kill a person with a .22. But hitting that person 10 times in the chest before he knows what's happening is pure fantasy. It ain't paint ball. People tend to move in a big hurry if you're shooting them with a small caliber gun. Just watch the lawyer in the video. And if you're counting on that 10/22 to defend your family you are making a huge mistake. One shot from a large caliber gun will do what multiple shots from a .22 won't do. That's been proven time and time again. For example a 12 ga. loaded with 00 buckshot will have 9 pellets all about the size of a .32 caliber bullet. So essentially you would be shooting that bad guy with more than the equivalent of 10 rounds of .22 with just one pull of the trigger and you can pull the trigger more than once just like you can with a .22. And if you know what you're doing you can shoot twice very quickly (or more) and hit the target both times (or more). Just watch those guys shooting doubles with clays. Those are flying discs and people shoot two of them in the air at a distance. I've seen people that could shoot 7 of them in the air or more. Of course those guys are the rare exception but even regular shooters can shoot doubles if they practice. And only one shot from a shotgun to the chest is a massive blow compared to a .22. One shot in the chest from a shotgun will almost certainly kill the person. So why would you choose a .22? I hate the idea of killing anyone but if it's him or me it's going to be him if I can do anything about it.
Give me a .22 and let me sneak up on someone like a special forces guy would do and even with a small .22 bullet I can put that bullet in his brain stem and he will die almost instantly. But that would be murder in any situation short of war. Trying to put 10 rounds in the chest of a bad guy ends up looking like that video. Yes some people die from one shot from a .22. But the odds of that happening are low and the one thing you really want to do is increase your odds of stopping a bad guy with one shot. And that means using something bigger than a .22. And anyone that thinks that because they can shoot a target 10 times quickly that it means they can shoot a man in the chest 10 times quickly needs to stop thinking life is a video game.