I've always advocated the .22 LR as a good Zombie Round. They aren't moving fast, and it is easy to hit things with a .22. You can carry a LOT of ammunition on your person And it can penetrate a zombie skull, and that's all you need to do.
But maybe not...
5 years ago some Polish Guy thought he got punched in the head at a New Years Party. He had a lump for aday or two that went away. No harm, no foul. But the lump came back recently and the doctor found a bullet in the man's scalp. It had been stopped by the bone, and the victim barely noticed getting shot.
Maybe the .22 is not a good Zed round or, like BorePatch says, maybe booze makes your skull harder, and the lesson is: don't shoot drunk zombies with a .22.
Now we don't know if this was .22 LR or .22 Short or .22 BB. It could have been .223 for all we know from the story, though I doubt it.
I'm not ready to give up on .22LR. Despite this anecdotal evidence, .22 CAN go through a skull. On some zombies you may need to shoot them twice. The compactness of the ammunition in quantity is too great an advantage to throw it overboard in our battle with the hordes of undead. If you have to move around, especially on foot, you want the mobility the round offers. Now if I had my duruthers I'd be holed up in an above ground fortification with years of supplies stashed away. In that case, you can use something a little more sure. Save the .22LR in case you have to evacuate. Use up the stock of 100,000 .308 you packed away.
What? You mean you DON'T have 100,000 major caliber rifle rounds? Tsk, tsk... Jeff Cooper would be so disappointed if he were alive today.
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