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Old May 9, 2006, 04:32 AM   #1
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How far should I sight my .22 lr?

Hi I recently bought a Marlin 22lr. rifle and I also bought a scope. At what range should I set the scope for?
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Old May 9, 2006, 06:42 AM   #2
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45-55 yards, generally speaking
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Old May 9, 2006, 07:01 AM   #3
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How far should I sight my .22 lr?

How far should I sight my .22 lr?
The answer is how far do you intend to shoot.
25 yards?
50 yards?
100 yards?
I have a 22 Long Rifle Ruger 77/22 that is [a yard gun] sighted in for 25 yards.

Here is an important consideration...Most scopes focus at 30 to 35 yards.
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Old May 9, 2006, 10:20 AM   #4
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For an auto rifle i would set it at around 35-40yds, i set my bolt rifle at 50yds
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Old May 9, 2006, 10:44 AM   #5
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Mine is sighted in at 40 yds.
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Old May 9, 2006, 10:48 AM   #6
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i have the same problem, i bought a marlin 980v bolt action bull barrel 22lr and have been debating where to sight it in for,
the problem i return to is i am shooting a varmint at ranges of 10-20 yards but targets at 50 yards or more,
im not sure what ill end up doing, prolly sight it then write the number of clicks to adjust it out down or just rember how many clicks for what range ...
any opionoins :P
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Old May 9, 2006, 10:50 AM   #7
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Sighting in a .22lr with a 40 grain HP loaded to 1255 fps with a Ballistic coefficient of .100.
Sighted at 30 yards = You will be approx. 1/2" low at 10 yards, be dead on at 20 to 50 yards, at 60 yards approx. 1" Low.
This is the best sighting range I have found for small game in my area.(Southeastern Oklahoma)
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Old May 9, 2006, 11:35 AM   #8
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I sight mine 2" high at 50 yds, puts it dead on at 75 yds, 1 1/2" low at 100. The sight setting works well for small game and ground squirrels.
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Old May 9, 2006, 11:40 AM   #9
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The answer is

For Hyper-Vel (like Aguila super maximum) ==> 70 or 75 yards. But I don't use these as I found them to be inaccurate, so this is theoretical.

For High-Vel ammo (most common) ==> 60 yards This is a good choice since "Hi-Vel" is the most common type of ammo, and a 60 yard zero gives you a PBR of about 74 yards, IIRC, with a 3" kill zone (1.5" high or low).

For Standard-Vel ammo ==> 50 or 55 yards
For Subsonic standard ammo, including SSS ==> 45 or 50 yards
For CB longs & shorts ==> 25-40 yards, depending on use.
For Super Colibris ==> 10 yards

My preferences, anyhow.
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Old May 9, 2006, 06:23 PM   #10
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FWIW, I've got my Marlin 39D zeroed in at 75 yards. It's been known to take out little critters up close and crows at 100 yards. That was just with plain .22LR high speeds. The newer hyper-velocity rounds (like CCI stinger) make 75 yds seem like a good bet.
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Old May 9, 2006, 07:55 PM   #11
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ive got a remington 597 with a 3-9X40 Bushnell trophy (big game not .22) scope. I keep mine dead on a 25 yards and with a bit of testing and whatnot shooting gophers at 50 yards is a snap and anything less than 25 is almost too easy.

I use CCI Mini-Mags whenever possible
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Old May 9, 2006, 08:15 PM   #12
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Quote:
The answer is how far do you intend to shoot.


+1 on that!
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Old May 10, 2006, 07:54 AM   #13
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As is this answer to many of these questions:it depends.

Mine are most accurate with 38-40 standard velocity loadings. I can shoot realy tight groups at 50 yards with my Marlin Model 60. So, I sight 3/4" high at 50 yards. Most shots I get (pest/vermin) around my place will be at least 30 yards, and closer to 50, usually...So, for shorter shots, I aim just a "tad" low. And, sighted this way I'm about 1" or so low at 100 yards, which is about the maximum practical shot with a .22. With the slightly high 50 yard zero, its about right on at 75, and I just aim a bit high at 100. I rarely miss, and this formula works for me, but YMMV.
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Old May 10, 2006, 08:10 AM   #14
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let me suggest

An air rifle target scope with a close parallax adjustment. You will need the parallax adjustment for proper accuracy under 50 yards, and you will want the quick and precise horizontal adjustment for all shots past 100 yards.
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Old May 11, 2006, 02:03 PM   #15
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85 yards.
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Old May 12, 2006, 04:10 AM   #16
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I mostly want it for hunting jackrabbits and squirrels at I would say 25 yards to 75 yards. I think I should set it at 50 yards. What do you guys think?
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Old May 12, 2006, 06:29 AM   #17
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Set up some paper targets ranging from the 25-75 yards you said you intend to shoot. Pick a zero, any zero. Find a happy medium, your 50 yard guess will be a fine place to start. Then let that wonderful "bullet drop compensator" that is located between your ears take over. Sighted in at 50, you will be very close do a dead on hold from 25-75 yds.

Just go shoot.
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Old May 12, 2006, 09:20 AM   #18
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I mostly want it for hunting jackrabbits and squirrels at I would say 25 yards to 75 yards. I think I should set it at 50 yards. What do you guys think?
Dude. Did you read my post? Assuming you're using "hi-vel" ammo, setting it for Sixty yards (not 50) will give you a PBR right about 74 yards - this is exactly what you are saying you want. Squirrels are small targets. You set that at 50 and shoot one at 75 and you are going to be at least 1/2-1" low. On a jackrabbit it won't matter, but on a squirrel, it's a miss. Set it for a 60 yard zero and you will be happy. Are you familiar with PBR (point blank range)? If not, PM me or post here and I'll give you some info...
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Old May 12, 2006, 11:12 AM   #19
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34 yards, 2 feet 7 inches...works good....
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Old May 22, 2006, 06:02 AM   #20
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No Im not familiar with PBR.
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Old May 22, 2006, 09:23 AM   #21
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OK, read up on it here:

http://www.exteriorballistics.com/eb...ned/5th/35.cfm

That is an outstanding explanation, actually. Then ask follow up questions. But the hit zone for a squirrel is roughly 3", so you can't go any more that 1.5" high or 1.5" low. Given that, and the BC and muzzle velocity (and thus trajectory), you can calculate what zero gives you a *maximum* PBR. For a 3" vital zone and Hi-vel .22lr ammo (30 gr), a 60 yard zero means that you will never be more than 1.5" high at any point between the muzzle and 60 yards, and you will not be more than 1.5" low until you get past 74 yards, if I am recalling correctly from when I ran the numbers previously. Actually, I calculated that 59 yards is the perfect zero, but rounded it up to 60. So that might make you 1.6" high at some point along the trajectory, something like that.
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Old May 22, 2006, 09:29 AM   #22
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I always kept mine sited for 50 yards with no problems.
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Old May 22, 2006, 12:31 PM   #23
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IMHO, it would depend on how you intend to use your 22...If you're indoors mostly & shoot only at 50' - 75' then sight it in at that range. If you're out doors and shoot out to 100 yards...sight in at that distance Have it ready to perform at what you are anticipating will be its primary mission
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Old July 29, 2008, 10:53 AM   #24
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22 siting distance

I found that the 22 lr has the capilibility of shooting 163yds without any major compensation nessicarrily. I would recomend zeroing in at 75yds to avoid over shooting a small game target.
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Old July 29, 2008, 10:59 AM   #25
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What happens to a bullet at 164 yards?

I have mine zeroed at 50 yards.
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