JAN ANDREWS says: I have always maintained that .22 centrefires should not be used against deer in England. Nothing that has been said changes my opinion in this respect.

My first, last and main concern is for the welfare of deer.

In my experience the majority of stalkers do not have a dog to follow up every shot and find a roe deer that might’ve dropped in dense cover.

Then, as Jon Snowdon highlighted in a recent issue of Sporting Gun, what do you do armed with a small .22 centrefire and suddenly come face to face with a Sika, Fallow or red deer on a morning or evening stalk?

I have used .22 centrefires in Scotland but remain unimpressed with their all-round capabilities. In my view the minimum (but very effective) calibre is still a .243.

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