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Old April 2, 2011, 08:46 AM   #1
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True effective target range of .22 lr

What is the true effective range for target shooting with a "tricked out" .22 rifle? 50, 75, 100, 150, beyond? Not the occassional lucky shot but for those who target shoot with your .22s what ranges do you shoot at?

Also what platform do you use; weapon, special trigger, optics, bipod, etc.

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Old April 2, 2011, 09:01 AM   #2
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I'd say for most folks, 50 yards is probably a realistic max range. For those dedicated to the cartridge, that can probably be pushed out to about 200 yards or so.
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Old April 2, 2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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100 yards is as far as I'll shoot one.
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Old April 2, 2011, 09:04 AM   #4
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I wouldn't consider mine 'tricked out' (Savage Mark II w/ accutrigger) but I consistantly hit at 200 - 250 yards when the wind cooperates. I am currently using a Mueller 4.5 - 14 x 40. I would say at 200 yards with eley target ammo I get minute-of-clay pigeon.
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Old April 2, 2011, 09:21 AM   #5
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Intresting question.I shoot mine at 100 yards and have never considered farther.After reading some of these posts i might just have too. I have 2 10/22. Accurate little things.
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Old April 2, 2011, 09:42 AM   #6
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I consider my 70's era 10/22 a 50 yard gun, however I can consistently put all my shots in a 6" target at 100 yards with it. I don't consider a 6" group effective for the rifle's intended use (small game) but it's fun to shoot that distance for a challenge. Bone stock 10/22 with an old leupold VX-II 1-4x.

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Old April 2, 2011, 10:09 AM   #7
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100 yds is a decent distance to fire 22lr.
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Old April 2, 2011, 10:31 AM   #8
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It all depends on the rifle and ammo combanation my winchester 61 can group at 6 inches at 200 but my remy 121 wouldn't hut the broad side of a barn at 50
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Old April 2, 2011, 10:35 AM   #9
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Used to shoot 100 meters fairly regularly with my Kimber 82 and with a S&W K-22 as well. NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette & Smallbore Hunter's Pistol Silhouette. Beyond 100m, your liable run into more issues. But on a good day, 150yds could be within reason given the right equipment & circumstances. Beyond that, I would imagine that luck becomes a larger factor.
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Old April 2, 2011, 10:42 AM   #10
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I would say that 250 yards is close to being the maximum effective range..maybe 300...but at those ranges it is all about the shooter and his or hers experience level...and I know that a shooter is only as good as the rifle he uses and is also the other way around
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Old April 2, 2011, 11:25 AM   #11
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Back when CMP first sold the Mossberg target rifles, one of my local highpower clubs put on a 200 yard match for them.

The old hands at the club said a 22LR at 200 yards was very similar to a 308 at 1000 yards
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Old April 2, 2011, 11:46 AM   #12
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When I shot on the "match-rifle" team in the Guard, we shot smallbore NRA targets at 50 feet. But I gleaned alot of squirrels at 75 or so yds.
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Old April 2, 2011, 11:53 AM   #13
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100-125yds for rifle
50yds for pistol
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:00 PM   #14
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I can get a 5/6'' group at 100 yards with my older 22. Today I broke a few clays at ~200 yards, but it took about 6 shots to get my bearings.
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:04 PM   #15
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I shoot for serious at 100, for fun at 200 with a 22 LR rifle or pistol.
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:05 PM   #16
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"The old hands at the club said a 22LR at 200 yards was very similar to a 308 at 1000 yards"

the targets alot bigger at 200 thoe
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:37 PM   #17
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I'm not sure what a "tricked-out" .22 rifle looks like... but with my CZ452, stock except for a bit of trigger work and a decent, not great, fixed 4x scope, 50 yards is easy, 100 yards is more of a challenge, but entirely possible. I have a notion, this year, about trying some longer distances. Can't do that in the gravel pit, so I'll have to do some scouting...
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:42 PM   #18
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I could consistently keep dime sized groups with an old Montgomery Ward target rifle and garage sale scope using bulk ammo at 100 yards. From a rest, of course. 22s are shot at metallic silhouette matches a lot. 100 yards is not extreme for them.
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Old April 2, 2011, 12:45 PM   #19
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Most 22LR rifles that are capable of sub-MOA accuracy will be capable of hits out to 250 yds with standard velocity ammo (high-velocity ammo has issues at about 160-170 yds with trans-sonic trbulence that make hits much more difficult beyond that range). The shooters may not be capable of hitting at that range, but that is another issue entirely.
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Old April 2, 2011, 01:07 PM   #20
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Here is a couple links that can answer the question better than I can:

http://www.steelchickens.com/

http://www.6mmbr.com/rimfiretactical.html

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Old April 2, 2011, 01:43 PM   #21
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Quote:
the targets alot bigger at 200 thoe
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Not necessarily. The aiming black size on competition targets is generally a constant size measured in MOA, they just scale the ring sizes based on the range.

Long range targets are pretty big.

I am pretty sure they used the MR-52 targets, which are the 200 yard reduced version of the MR-1 600 yard slow fire target.
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Old April 2, 2011, 02:31 PM   #22
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My Ruger 10/22 still has at least one original factory part on it, I think that it would count as "tricked out"; I think... And I pretty much shoot it every week. That being said...

With a drop reticle, I regularly shoot accurately free standing from 40 yards out to 125 - 150 yards. Sitting on a bi-pod hitting the bottom of empty shotgun hulls are pretty easy pickings at these same distances. Generally I don't shoot out much past these distances on a regular basis, occasionally will push out for fun but not as a regular with a .22lr; I have "better platforms" when I start really reaching out.

I think that the bullet drop is what most folks need to "wrap their heads around" when trying to reach out a bit. That and having a really good trigger; it only takes just a tiny movement off to be really off at distance. And of course "right practice" repeated, really tends to help.
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Old April 2, 2011, 04:51 PM   #23
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Wow! Thanks to everyone for the many replies. Didn't expect so many so quickly.

My .22 rifle plinking is with a Targetmaster from the 1950s and 50 yds is dead on for hitting shotgun shells or pieces of clay pegions. I've tried out to 100 yds but had limited success with the open sights. Don't want to put a scope on that one though as I appreciate the "old gun" just the way it is.

Shot it yesterday with several friends and they were amazed at the accuracy and quietness. With .22 shorts the bullet hitting the taget was louder than the shot itself.

My Marlin 25N is pretty fair out to 100 yds. I can routinely put them in a 5x5" square at that distance but not the nice clover leaf clusters I've seen others post here. Again, this gun is not tricked out at all and has a cheap Tasco sitting on top.

My wife has a Browning Buckmark rifle with the little green and orange optic sights that is pretty sweet out to 50 yds just as is. Haven't pushed it beyond that so I can't say. The barrel is short but I suppose with good optics it would be good out to 100 yds.

Was looking at the 10/22 VLEH and putting a scope on that. That would be fun.

Again, thanks for all of the replies and input.
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Old April 2, 2011, 04:58 PM   #24
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"Here is a couple links that can answer the question better than I can:"

Odd. You seem to say .22 lr is ok here for accurate longer range shooting, but in the closed survival gun thread, you bashed my choice and abilities because it was different that yours? Sounds pretty mall ninja on your end.

"You are over estimating your ability to shoot in a stressful situation, you are over estimating your ability to hunt, you are over estimating the amount of available critters remaining alive and your are over estimating the power of the .22."

Maybe you're overestimating your ability instead; it's ok. Here in Eastern WV, there are plenty of deer, small game, and the cover to be easily within 25-50 yards of an easy shot.

To stay on topic, I'll add that when I still had my Marlin Model 60, I could easily put groups in Skoal cans set on their sides with open sights. I have no problem believing a tricked out .22 is capable of much more.
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Old April 2, 2011, 05:11 PM   #25
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Well,

I'm 68 years old.. My hands are shaky, my vision declining..

So..

There is NO distance for this old fart beyond 50 yards..

And, I prefer 15 and 25 yards if I have any desire and expectation of actually shooting reasonably small groups..

I feel sure a couple of my rifles (Marlin 39A & Winchester 63 for sure) are "capable" of accuracy beyond 50 yards, just not with me pulling the trigger..

But, it is satisfying to still enjoy the pleasures of rimfire plinking, while I can still see good enough, AND afford to do so.

Guess that's why I have 7 rimfire rifles.

Here's my favorite..

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