Long range capability of a .22LR

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  1. Jackman

    Jackman New Member

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    Whats the long range capability of a .22LR?
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    well the manufactures warn of a 1 mile distance...since you didnt ask for the "effective" range....I have taken small game, ie; squirrel,rabbits,ect at 150 yds with a scope and 75 yds with iron sights in my younger days.
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    Thanks Ill check the link and Ha ha on the mile :D, I was just wondering if 100 yard on the target range is realistic with a 22.
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    For punching paper, or ringing steel, I would say out to 500 yards under good conditions. For hunting, out to about 150 yards. The .22LR just doesn't have much energy left past that distance.
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    200 yards has been about it for me. I don't care to try much further than that.
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    i stretch it at 200-250 meter mark , i group 3"-4" at that range

    Lithgow model 21 Tasco 4-9x 40

    lotsa 200 meter goaties :D
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    My longest shot with the .22 was a 300yd shot at a pheasent hen. First shot hit low, and left, the second shot was to the head. Open sights with a Remington 552 Speedmaster.
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    Absolutely... but everyday, run of the mill rifles may disappoint you at that distance. OTOH, some of the same types of rifles may surprise you with excellent groups.

    I have a book on .22 rifles written by E. C. Crossman in the 1920's. It talks of competitions at 200 yards. IIRC, the 10 ring was 7" but they were shooting with iron sights.

    If I can get it to show, the following target was shot at 100 yards using a Remington/Zastava Model 5 rifle and Wolf MT cartridges.

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    I shoot mine at the 250 yd steel plate all the time. Id say for hutning purposes, 200 yds is max on small game if you can put the bullets where they need to be..
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    Nice shootn doubs! I have the same rifle.. Love it!

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    Living on the farm when I was young, it was fun to sit on a hill and shoot 400-500 yards over and pop old pumpkins :D

    Silly thing to do, but what else can you do with the rotten ones??
    Made great targets, and taught us interesting things about ballistic trajectories!!
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    I am still trying to hit the steel at 600yds at a gun range in Lake Charles!
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    I remember when I could see little things at 100 yards....:)
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    Now that sounds like a lot of fun. :D
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    Hey good replies all :thumbsup::thumbsup:, let me add to the question with a Rugar 10/22 or old Winchester model 63 do ya all think 100 yrd shoot with accuracy is reasonable?
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    depends on the ammo, but sure its reasonable with practice. as to a killing shot? now that Will depend on your accuracy!
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    We are just target shooting at the range no hunting is planned, Ive always been a plinker kinda shooter at old stone quarries and such but now my 15 year old and I are at a club with 100 yrd range we like shooting the big bore at 100 yards but have not yet tried the .22 at 100 I really thought that 100 yards for a .22 was too much so have not attempted. The goal if reasonable is tight groups at 100 yards iron sights and if need be a scope. If we get good at this we will probably buy a .22 target rifle.


    Any advice on a good affordable (not high end) target .22 is appreciated.
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    Ive a friend who is big in long range .22...He found a link to a group in Calif. that shoot competition out to 300 yards... I will give him a call or an email today and post it later...Seems the gun of choice is a highly customized ruger 10-22...He was getting a "Green River" (???) barrel for his and it was backordered because the Calfi guys were scooping them up as fast as they could make them..
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    Be sure to check around at the Pawn Shops. You can usually find a good .22 rifle there for a low price. I picked up an old Westernfield Model M832, bolt rifle for .$65, and it's a tack driver!
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