Hi guys , Over at survival.com we have been having a .22 penetration test thread going on for some 6 months. Jugs of water, boards, ballistic gel and more. Today I did a test on a mature White Tail doe head. This deer was approx. 5.5 years old and had a dressed weight of 141 pounds. She was a huge Doe. I killed her this morning with my Crossbow and decided this was the right head to test the penetration of an average .22 Long rifle cartridge. I did the test at 30 yards because I feel that to be accurate shooting a deer with a .22 one should be close. However I feel with my Marlin 981T I can make this same shot all day at 50 to 75 yards. I did not use my Marlin but my wifes old Remington Nylon model 66 with a cheap Remington Thunderbolt 40 grain solid lead bullet. The results were astonishing. I think this thread will put to rest all the talk about .22 bullets bouncing off skulls and such. Now before I explain the pictures Ill explain why I am out to prove this point. There are morons on the Internet who have absolutely zero respect for the .22 Rim fire both as a hunting rifle and defense weapon. My .22 rifles are my go to guns for Hunting deer and smaller game IF (IF) the crap hits the fan and I need my .223 and 30-06 for defense. I am able to afford thousands of rounds of .22 BUT NOT NEAR AS MUCH OF THE BIGGER CENTERFIRE Stuff. Ill not waste good defensive rounds on a deer when I can drop one IN ITS TRACKS with a well placed CCI Velocitor or Mini Mag. I did this test with a cheap Thunderbolt in a cheap gun. Pictures 1 through 4 are the head from both sides close up and far away. This there to show any lurking law enforcement that I did not kill this animal with the .22. Let me be clear about that. She was taken legally with my Crossbow. She donated her head to science. Picture 5 shows the ruffed up spot where the bullet went in,#6 shows the entrance wound after I peeled back the skin exposing the skull. #7 shows the exit would after removing the skin over it. The bullet did not go all the way through the skin but as you can see it blew out the skull on the opposite side. #8 shows the hole after I inserted my finger and pulled out some brain and bone fragments. The entire inside was mush and shattered bone. I did not saw the head open as I saw no need to do any more. The exit hole was over 3/4 of an inch and all around it the bone was mush and shattered. The trauma was very impressive. The last pic is the bullet which was resting right under the skin behind her eye. Notice the expansion caused by the skull. My conclusion from this test on a still warm fresh skull is that the lowly .22 rim fire loaded with the right round can and will take down deer sized targets with one well placed HEAD SHOT. I did this test to silence all of the guys who no nothing about this round but yet constantly disrespect it. This test shows me beyond any reasonable doubt that I can sit in a bow hunting blind over bait and head shoot White tails with inexpensive .22 ROUNDS at 30 yards or less. I killed this deer with my cross bow at 10 yards this morning. Now before the Moral majority starts tearing down this test please remember this is survival forum. We talk about using bows made out saplings shooting sticks cut with a jacknife, spears, pit falls, snares and leg traps. A .22 rifle is better then any of those in a survival situation. The advantages are clear. Cheap, effective but most of all quiet. Ill not waste good 30-06 or .223 in a post apocalypse on deer when I can take one down in its tracks with one well placed .22 round. This is why I have always believed that a .22 is the best all around survival rifle in most situations. Of course they wont kill game larger then Deer but where I am in Lower Michigan unless I want to go north and kill an Elk I can take any game I need with my 981T .22 and a CCI Mini Mag.