The 22 long rifle is probably the most popular round in existence. It’s one of the few rounds that easily translate from rifle to a pistol with little issue. The 22 LR is often sold in bulk and is so small and light that someone could carry a brick of 500 rounds in their pocket. A 22 LR rifle or pistol have very little recoil, and very little muzzle rise. Shooting either a rifle or pistol in 22 is extremely easy.
A 22 LR allows a prepper to have an excellent utility weapon for pest control, small game hunting, and of course dealing with animals like snakes. The 22 LR round is quite cheap, and often a bulk pack can be had for a few cents per round. This allows the prepper to stock several thousand 22 rounds and use them when necessary to save centerfire ammunition for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. A 22 LR can be used to arm a smaller framed individual or even an older individual. While the 22 LR is not a particularly good self-defense round, if someone in your group cannot handle anything bigger, it’s better than nothing.
A 22 LR is also relatively quiet, especially in rifle form, when compared to a centerfire rifle round. They are certainly not silenced, but, if dispatching a snake or bagging a rabbit, they are less likely to be heard at a distance. They are more likely to be mistaken for something besides a gun shot as well. Noth 22 rifles and pistols are lightweight, and often very affordable. A single shot, bolt action 22 LR can be had for under a hundred dollars used. Never underestimate the 22 LR as a cartridge, one of the largest bears ever taken was by a single 22 LR to the heart. Although I don’t suggest trying that. The 22 LR round is an excellent utility round and is a tool every prepper should have.