Clarence wrote: ...However, if one is truly serious about prepping in all or many of its forms, then marksmanship, tracking covert type/ not making more noise than necessary and patience is a good to essential skillet that should to must be acquired...
Clarence, I certainly don't wish to offend you either. Yes, I'm confident that I could make a kill shot on a black bear (for example) with a .22 if it was less than 100M and the conditions were ideal. If it was a Grizzly, I'd quietly back away. Marksmanship is important, but it's insufficient in-itself.
Knowledge of the specific animal's anatomy is required. For example in this case, I would target the heart. I would wait until the near side front foot was forward before I took the shot. If the near side leg was backward, the heart would be protected by the shoulder bone which moves as the bear walks. This shot could be taken with the proper centre-fire caliber regardless of leg position, but the .22 doesn't have the power to break the shoulder and carry through to penetrate the heart. An eye shot wouldn't work because of the thickness of the skull and the position of the brain.
If in doubt, I would refrain from taking the shot. However it seemed to me, that in reading your post you were referring to all readers in a matter-of-fact manner and not directing the post to those who were accomplished snipers or hunters. This is the only reason why I commented.
I agree that marksmanship is something that should be improved upon by all shooters. The reality of the situation is often beyond the control of the average shooter. Barrel temperature, ammunition used, wind, elevation, humidity, angle of shot, etc. affect where the bullet hits. The chances of coming into the effective range of a .22 and targeting a Moose (for example) undetected are extremely remote.
If one is truly serious about prepping and decides to buy a rifle, they should be equally serious about using the correct caliber for the job they wish to perform. It's reasonable for the Prepper to understand the limitations of his equipment and the dangers of using it in a manner for which it wasn't designed before they attempt to push the operational envelope.