target shooting with a .22

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  1. Jackman

    Jackman New Member

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    What range do y'all shoot with your .22 iron sites and scope? With iron sites we have been shooting at 50 meters with decent results moved target to 75 meters not so good, think 75 meters with iron sites might be too much for a .22 or do we just need more practice.
  2. Eddie N

    Eddie N New Member

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    No reason you shouldn't be hitting the target at that range except for an unpredictable crosswind. Keep trying and good luck.
  3. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member

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    Jackman, I don't "target shoot" which to me is associated with a skill level I will never have. I just "plink" with pretty stock Win. 9422, Marlin 60, and Ruger 10/22 bull barrel. If I am not grouping around an inch at 50 yards and two inches at 100 yards I feel I am having a bad day. All three rifles are scoped as old eyes take some of the fun out of iron sights these days. It is just a heck of a lot of fun for me and I don't worry much as to my skill level.

    Todd
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    are u a new shooter or an old shooter
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    GunHugger Well-Known Member

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    What's decent results?
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    old semperfi New Member

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    jackman,what i want to know is what size bulls eye is on target,if your shooting from a solid rest ,are you shooting from prone position what?the other thing is your sight picture.to target shoot open sights you want the impact point to be directly above frount sight,meaning that you dont cover the bulls eye with the sight.you should be able to shoot two inch groups at 50 yards.im an old man now so i am partial to scopes,i expect one inch groups from the bench with a rest.most of my target 22s wear 6x24 or 8x36 power scopes.i hope this gives you some kind of answer. old semperfi
  7. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

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    i used to have a spot i shot on the farm... from the barn to the coke cans was just over 100 yards and i could hit them with a 22 rifle off hand. not every shot. but once i seen where the bullets were hitting i would adjust. the rifle was a remington 41 targetmaster and the front sight has been modified so that it came to a point instead of having a bead. made for some dern fine aiming. now..... a henry lever 22 with a front sight the size of a grapefruit is a different story.

    my point is, accuracy is a factor of 3 things. firearm, shooter, ammo. if any of the three are not up to snuff, the other 2 cannot, and will not compensate.

    with my ruger single six... when i am on, i can clean off a row of .5 liter water bottles at 50 yards offhand. when im off..... i can hit a coke can at 10 feet.
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    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    Well put John with the 3 factors as described and so very true. Right now I'm having a problem that I cant put my finger on with pistol shooting. As of late...I'm having all sort of problems with larger caliber hand guns..But as you said about good days and bad days, you can be on or you can be off and when I'm having a bad one, I might as well save my ammo and pack it up. But, I'm trying to "overcome" my bad days and be more consistant every time...I was going to get a thread going with "In Need of Help!", just a bit embarrassed to post my shooting group!:eek: But something has changed in my shooting...:confused:, and may just go humble to get some advice to resolve the problem I'm having. Sorry to drifted so far off the OT.
  9. Jackman

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    Thanks all I'll fill in the details,,,

    New shooter hes 14 years old been shooting 4 months on weekends.
    Winchester model 63.
    Remington Thunderbolt ammo.
    Shooting on a measured range from a bench position no barrel rest.
    Large paper target about 15 inches in diameter.
    At 50 meters he always hits the target and has some grouping but they spread from the 9 o'clock to the 3 o'clock position (I call that decent since hes a new shooter), at 75 meters he hits the target but its all over no grouping ,at 100 meters he hit the target but mostly missed it, when I tried shooting the 100 meter target I was surprised I missed it but my close up vision is terrible the sights to me are a blur but still I was not sure if it was us the shooters having trouble with the 100 meter target or if it was too much range for a .22 cal.

    The full plan here is to get my son shooting well at the at 75 or 100 meters iron sights and then get a scope and see how he likes the scope.
  10. bamajoey

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    If you are shooting Remington Thunderbolt that could be a lot of your problem. Try different ammos, Federal bulk, and Federal auto match seem to work good in my 10/22's and Marlin 60. My CZ's enjoy a diet of Wolf MT, but it is a little more expensive, really too expensive for plinking. My eyes are too old to get good results with iron sights so I use scopes.
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    if he's got horizontal "stringing" then i would say his strong hand grip and or his trigger control is inconsistent. im guessing grip.

    a 22 should have no trouble getting out to 100 yards. unless there is a lot of wind or something you should see at least a 3" goup if not better.
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    Jackman, there are some real marksmen around here (not me) that can give some good advice. From my experience trigger control has been the single biggest factor in hitting the target. Especially with a new shooter. We all seem to have the tendency to jerk that darned trigger and anticipate the shot and develop the dreaded flinch all of which will get us off the bullseye. Practicing the old basics of squeezing that trigger applying pressure when on target stopping but not releasing when drifting off and then applying more pressure when back on and letting that shot be a surprise will pay big dividends, but have to be monitored all your shooting years. Don't get frustrated and quit, this has to be fun. Move to a closer range so you have some success and then move to longer distances. I second what others have said about the Rem Thunderbolt ammo being low on my list of choices. Keep shooting, squeeze that trigger and enjoy the fun.

    Todd
  13. JLA

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    Theres your main problem right there. If you like i can take a crap in a box and send it to you for free;) Its about the same quality and mine stinks less:D
    remington T-bolts are poop ammo based on my personal experiences and from what I have read here and witness elsewhere.

    I shoot my .22s at 100, 150 and 200 all the time and do it with winchester bulk pack ammo, at 200 you can really see the effects of wind drift on the little ol .22. But with good ammo and a little practice 100 yd shots iron sighted should be relaitvely easy.
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    heres an example of what a good .22 (my serbian import remington model 5) with a good scope (at the time a burris rimfire) will do with good ammo (aguila golden eagle match rifle) at 50 yds (scope zero distance).

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  15. Esteban

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    I used to have an extremely accurate Remington 550 that I squirrel hunted with. For target practice, we would partially hammer roofing nails into boards drive them the rest of the way in using the open sites at about 25yds. lying in a prone position.
  16. JLA

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    guess you can say remington puts their name on good rifles, notsomuch for good .22 ammo;)
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    josh you're just showing off with that purdy rifle. pretty sweet
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    Regarding ammo; after reading this thread I went to the gunsafe and looked to see what I had.....a brick of Remington Target is what I have. Is this stuff as useless as the Thunderbolt?
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    Ive never tried the Remington Targets, but with my experiance with the Thunderbolts, the ONLY remington ammo I will shoot is "centerfire" ammo.
    I still have some thunderbolts left in the gun safe from years ago (the last time I fired them) and is FREE to anyone that will please take them off my hands...I'll take that back, I wouldnt shoot them through any gun I have and wouldnt recommend them to anyone else...they are about the most crapiest excuse for ammo I have ever seen, I wouldnt even go as far as to call them .22 ammo.....:eek:
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    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    As I think Byron "Furgeson (?)" might say..."Eeeewww, hurting a perfectly good target that way".....:D
    That's some good shooting!:)
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