Leaving out for moose hunting soon and prefer beaver as camp meat. Usually, a scoped 22 magnum is in the canoe. It's 6lbs scoped. My son has a 22 herny lever youth with the 16" barrel. That makes a better canoe gun as it weighs 4 lbs with a peep sight, but I don't like 22 lr.
I was thinking, when the going gets shallow and I have to pull a heavy freighter, every extra lb. in the boat counts. This year will be hard, because of no rain. The river running will darn near kill me just to get to good moose pasture. It's years like this, where I wish I had a 22 revolver as the camp meat gun.
When I used to hike to my remote property, I'd kill rabbits and grouse along the way as camp meat with a 17hmr single six. Worked good, but I despise that stupid cartridge and got rid of all of them. I sold my taures 22 magnum revolver, it wasn't accurate enough.
I know it will be so bad that I won't bring a cook shack, coleman stove, no cast iron, no chainsaw, no zodi camp shower, and no ratchet rope. Instead, I must bring a crappy msr whisperlite, and crappy msr cook kit, instead of a luxurious coleman twin-burner stove with big fry pan. No zodi camp shower, sponge baths. No cook shack......gotta use a tarp. To cut river sweepers and firewood....gotta use a hand saw.
I'm contemplating not even bringing a 22 magnum, may have to use expensive rifle cartridges for camp meat.
Anyone have experience with 22 hornet handguns? I think they may be ideal in weight/compactness for camp meat during these extremely shallow water years.