The .22 Magnum is too much for small game if you intend to eat. If you are just killing for the sake of killing it is probably okay. OTOH on larger animals it is in a narrow range of target sizes. There are not all that many things that need more power than a .22 LR that are not really too big for a .22 Magnum. I have had both .22 Magum rifles and pistols but have sold all of them but one. Once I am beyond .22 LR size targets I would just as soon move up to a .222/.223 size gun that delivers better long range performance and at shorter range can be used on game up to deer.