I have just been reading about the alleged water buffalo in Chesterfield. I couldn't resist and sent reply or two.
It raises a good question or three (apologies if this has been covered before)
Humane despatch from a legal perspective re: calibre's. I understand .22 is illegal for deer. ?
.22 rf to my certain knowledge will efficiently kill much bigger animals than deer.(I am talking about head shots close-up like a slaughter man would expedite) . Horses and cows for example. OK not necessarily in a distressed state but with correct placement certainly does the job. Same applies to the venerable .410 . Kill a big horse DRT as they say in the States.
A local vet once advised me that her .32 (I think) was an concern as she had had numerous problems with bullets dangerously exiting the casualty. I said I would love to knock up some home loads that would help her out but that it would be illegal. Told her to chuck her pistol away and get a .410 instead.
Am I right that .22 is illegal for deer despatch? If so why is the .410 legal for the same job? It is certainly no more legal than .22 rimfire for shooting deer in other circumstances (rightly)?