.22LR - What range is your Zero for hunting?

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  1. copey

    copey New Member

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    i hate cats got two in my house her in doors loves them.i wouldnt harm 1 though but that goliath of a cat that resides in my freinds barn is evil.

    my lurcher got a right pasting of it.
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    guess im ok then, I fed the worms and got rid of a few pests;)
  3. 3/2 STA SS

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    50 yards for me and my grandmother(a very long time ago) used to set out "magic cat food" for them whem I was a kid. Needless to say the cats never came around anymore.
  4. 22shot

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    Kent Detctive-
    Read the post here; lots of cat stories; have a few of my own; but your question was about .22 "zero".
    Nice bolt action .22's you have.

    As to "zero" you didn't mention your sights; open or scoped?

    If scoped; is it columated for a .22 (has to do with efective range; a .22's is a lot shorter then that of a 7.62.). Mounting a big scope may be cool; but is a waste (optically and cost) at the ranges a .22lLR is typicaly effective.

    I'll assume it's scoped ; fixed 6X (best all around) and with optics designed for .22's.
    I'll also assume that the scope mount is clamped to the groves in the reciever; and not the "see through"type.
    One more assumption: The furry little critters are at 'rest' munching or checking you out. If they are bouncing all about; hither and yon; you need a 12 gauge to be effective. ( no zero needed.)

    A .22 "0" at 75 yds. is good; depending on your ammo; I see you live in England (jolly 'ol) so a brand called Elley is availible. Good stuff... the rifleing in your .22's will like it. In any case; once you pick out a brand; don't switch without knowing where that new little slug will end up.

    Back to zeroing..

    The bore is about 2-2 1/2 inches below your line of sight through the scope; a standard velocity .22HP will "drop" about 1/2- 3/4 inch at 75 yds; so if you "zero" at 75 yds. with the afformentioned scope the bullet path will be slightly above the cross hairs at about 50- 60 yds; below them at 30 yds; or less. Obviouslly at the muzzle it is 2-2 1/2 below.
    A rabbits head is around 2 1/2 inches in diameter; know his distance as you scope him out; the "limits" of your sight and weapon; and you will become addept at seeing that red fog.

    One shot; one kill.
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  5. Boris

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    I love my cats. Allready said it. They also do not run about. Here is one little source of shy cats need elimination

    http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/materials/predation.pdf
  6. 22shot

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    Kent Detective-

    One more thing,,,

    It doesn't have a lot (if anything) to do with "zero"; but a lot to do with accuracy, If you shoot "prone" or from a rest, they won't make much difference; but for those "off hand" shots, it could mean the difference between a clean kill and a wounded rabbit...

    It's a thing called a "trigger shoe": a little item that fastens unto your rifles trigger with little "Allen" set screws.
    It's "ribbed" and ; being wider than the trigger; distributes the "pull" over a wider area. This lessens the chance of you "twisting" the weapon; ever so slightly, when you pull the trigger. It will also seem to "lighten" the effort needed to pull the trigger. Your felt resistance will be a lot less.

    These little thngs work; my .22 bolt actions would seem naked without them.
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  7. Kent Detective

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    Trigger shoe eh? I will do a bit of research and come back on that one. Thanks. :)
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    GENTLEMEN! Check out CCI Velocitors and every article you can research. Out of my Ruger 10/22's, target barrels and trigger jobs, I am under a nickle size for 10 shot groups at 70 yards. Between zero and 70, the rise is less than an inch and 3" low at 100 yards. It is a full 40 grain HP and a little hotter than standard .22LR but the case isnt any longer than standard unlike another Hyper Velocity round.
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    This is the best explanation of the .22lr zero that I have ever seen... I have a 3-9x on a Remington 522 and keep it at about 5-6x for zeroing at 75 yards... Kudo's to you for knowing what you are talking about and having the vanishing ability to explain it to others... SSG
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    [​IMG][/URL] Uploaded with ImageShack.us[/IMG]I gather from your comment about mildot sights you are a scope man, with a scope I do a 50 yard zero, due to old eye balls and a cheap 46 year old single shot gun with iron sights I do 25 yards, Works for me. Can't hardly see a squirrel in the tree's much farther than that and the old iron sighted gun is lighter and easier for this old dinosaur to cart around.
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    How in the dickens can I downsize that image, I didn't mean to put up a billboard.
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