Best rimfire ever: 1989 in Alaska, Ruger MII 5.5in bull barrel, open sights, 40 yards off hand after running 50 yards after a bunny.
I put it in his chest, right in front of his shoulder.
Half a dozen of my friends were right with me, most could not even make out the rabbit in the foliage.
I held on him for 30 or 40 seconds before I shot.
Asked me why I took so long, I said I had to wait for him to blink to make sure I was aiming correctly. Until he moved or blinked I wasn't really sure I had him. The longer I waited, the more I was convinced he wasn't there! But he blinked.
Most important: 1981, HS senior wearing my western quick draw, low slung, hat and boots in the April heat in PHX, hunting rabbits and snakes in AZ near cave creek.
Carrying an H&R 22LR single action with a 7.5 inch barrel. I slung that gun all over the desert for a year, put tons of rounds and was a fairly fast & accurate on a quick draw.
Searching for snakes, I was looking under rocks and ledges with my buddy. He was using a 12g single shot and we had seen nothing in hours.
He climbed a flat rock and I looked in the crevice under it, just like we did a hundred times so far that day. I saw a skin shed and said hey, lets grab it!
I bend down farther and put my hand in, saw how long and perfect the skin was.....
Yeah, six feet down was the working end, two feet from my head.
I saw the head has he struck, I fell straight back and drew, shooting between my feet and knees (powder burns on one leg of my jeans) I put two in his head and neck, my buddy was screaming because I was shooting less than a foot below his feet!
Nice pelt I had on my hat for years. 11 rattles, so he was a big'un.
I only beat him to the punch because he had two chipmunks in him, slowing him down.