I worked at a meat processing plant for a short time. Plus, we raise hogs and sheep, and process them ourselves. I’ve killed my share of farm critters.
The .22lr works but must be point blank range and you must know exactly where the brain sits in the skull of the different animals.
I usually don’t get emotional about it, but a bad shot and suffering animal will turn your stomach. It’s not pretty… I usually go for a 9mm or .38 special when dispatching hogs. I like the extra thump over the .22lr
If I had to shoot a large animal like a horse and it was not tame and I could not get a point blank shot, I’m going .30 cal rifle for sure
Not just a bad shot, but ANY way you try to do the deed that doesn't go well. My dad had me kill my first rabbit at 5 years old. I wasn't strong enough to pop it's neck the traditional way and he let me (and that rabbit) struggle horribly before he stepped in and said "Now that you've been a show-off let me show you the right way to do it." I still get a knot in my stomach when it's time to harvest ... But if I am not SURE beyond a doubt I can't get it done quick with my first try, I'll let someone else do the honors.
@swampratt sorry you got tapped. Sucky "job" but you did the right thing. Just because something is right doesn't mean it's gonna be easy. I hate having to do it but it seems to me that it is my obligation to my pet to make sure he/she doesn't suffer when the time comes. Seems like the least I can do ...