Although there’s a little bit of overlap in capabilities between the Ruger 10/22 and a good hunting shotgun, the 10/22 is still a solid addition to any collection of hunting guns. Small, lightweight and very reliable, the 10/22 is great for small game and varmint hunting.
It’s also just a good idea in general to keep some kind of .22-caliber gun in your collection. Though it’s not quite as easy or as cheap to come by as it used to be, .22 LR ammo is still the least expensive ammo around, so you can buy a bunch of it without breaking the bank. It’s also easy to store without taking up much space.
Over the years, many rabbits, squirrels, and foxes have fallen to the 10/22. A skilled marksman can take down game at slightly longer ranges with a .22 than is possible when using a shotgun. There are also subsonic rounds available for the .22, which is ideal for people who don’t want to make too much noise when hunting or shooting.
Finally, several of the major manufacturers also produce “rat shot” rounds for the .22. These rounds are basically .22-caliber shotgun shells, designed for shooting rats, snakes and other undesirable creatures at close range in situations where you would not want to use a shotgun or a full-sized, .22-caliber bullet.