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I use 22..hand gun. Alot of pawn shops have decent guns. Military / survival stores carry ammo.
yeah you just have to look around for it. Main thing is not to get caught up in the price gouging trap. I have seen some insane prices for center fire of late.
I will usually go through anywhere from a 1000 to 1500 rounds a month for training. But that's a different scenario.
 

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I have a 22 pistol i call last rites. for proper placement of the bullet draw a line from the right eye to the left ear. then draw a line from the left eye to the right eye. making an x. the x marks the spot. death is instant. i have used CB caps(22 shorts half the power) to put down a bull that got hit on the road. I dropped the bull in his tracks, the cop that was backing me up looked at me and said I never and walked away.
 

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In South Africa it isnt common to shoot an animal. Depending on the reason the vet will use an injection to stop the heart.
My springbuck get shot by a hunter with a .22 rifle. Because they are wild. The fellow deer are tame so the vet can inject them. I pray all my animals die naturally. Putting an animal down is very sad for me.
 

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Worse than putting an animal down is needing to but not having a way to do it. This is something hard to teach people new to livestock. Have a plan. Know how to dispose of a carcass if it is not for the freezer. I have a 30+ year old horse and I know she may have years to go. The last horse that passed cost $350 to bury and that was 10 years ago. The backhoe guy does not have a backhoe anymore. I even called the zoo and some wild animal sanctuaries, after the mad cow thing they won't take animals from individuals. So I am keeping my eye out for a new backhoe guy. (btw, Cookie the horse is pretty healthy for her age). Most pygmies/nigis are small enough to bury or a vet can cremate. (This topic sucks but is necessary: Good on you, Alabama Girl, for asking!)
 
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