I hike a lot an usually carry a .22 in addition to a 9 or .45. The .22 is usually just to plink with, but I have shot a few Grey Squirrel here and there and very occasionaly a rabbit. I have been thinking that my old three screw Ruger would be a better choice as I can switch cylinders to .22 Magnum if I'm looking for meat, and still have the .22LR option. This would be a Hunting season only thing. I'm going to give it a try.