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Thread: 22lr 25yds vs 300yds, no slouch.

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    Default 22lr 25yds vs 300yds, no slouch.

    Not sure how many hunt with 22 lr, found this video not long ago as I was impressed by the results. Enjoy

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    That way pretty interesting...... with so much penetration you would think raccoons would be easier to kill....
    Thanks for sharing
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    The wee .22 seems to defy physics in a big way. How many other calibers out there can maintain a stable flight after losing speed and becoming subsonic. The 22 is as close to a round ball as it gets without actually being a round ball and they fly straight and hit rather hard given what they are.

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    I recall a shot I made with a .22LR back in my youth. I was using a .22 savage semi-automatic. I was firing at a groundhog standing up right in front of its hole. The field behind it had a low upward slope. I didn't actually measure the range, but the groundhog was at least a couple hundred yards away. I was working with a peep sight. I aimed high above the groundhog, and watched the dust puffs rise behind as I walked my shoots down to the groundhog. It was third or forth shoot that found the mark, and the chuck dropped. I ventured over to check things out. The groundhog had fall back into the hole. I was quite surprised, the wound hole was in the groundhog chest, not its head, and it hadn't disappeared down the hole. My normal range for taking groundhogs was between 25 and 50 yards, and if I wanted them to stay above ground, it had to be a head shot. Needless to say that long shot was something of a puzzlement.

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    People consider the 22LR a child's toy, it is not, it can be very dangerous.

    When I was younger I knew a guy who as a young man shot 2 bull moose with a 22LR on his trap line. He said that head shots did not penetrate, but the heart shots punched right through.

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    I watched a couple guys shooting Kudu cows in South Africa with .22lr from about 50 yards away in the dark.

    No scope, open sights and moon light.

    He also carrys a Walter
    22lr pistol and has finished off quite a few animals, One being a big male baboon that had ahold of his leg when he finally killed it.

    Lol they are a different breed over there

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    .22LR at 60-80 yards is a buddys go too coyote rifle. I cannot seem to kill a thing with it unless I’m standing beside the animal.


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    I use it on cows but you need solids to penetrate the skull not hollow points.
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    The .22 is what my dad taught me to shoot distance and with the right rifle and ammo (those CCI minimags and Stingers are good, thunderbolts too) the 6" red balloons we staked would pop nicely at 200 yards and a starling (or gopher at a relative out wests farm) inside 100 yards was easy IF they held still long enough. So many times you would get that 3 seconds to get on target and pull the trigger and at 2.9 seconds they were moving out of the location the bullet was headed... oh a perfect shot ... but the target is no longer there!

    Using a scope on both, with the Ruger 10/22 with any ammo a head shot at 50 yards on starlings or gophers (long grass, often only could see the head) was doable, the Remington 552 was alot more forgiving on the ammo and 75 yards was good and if the bigger scope was on and sighted well and the target obliging 100 yards was done many times.

    I tried using the Ruger fox/coyote hunting a few times... got rid of it, still have the old speedmaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquito View Post
    The .22 is what my dad taught me to shoot distance and with the right rifle and ammo (those CCI minimags and Stingers are good, thunderbolts too) the 6" red balloons we staked would pop nicely at 200 yards and a starling (or gopher at a relative out wests farm) inside 100 yards was easy IF they held still long enough. So many times you would get that 3 seconds to get on target and pull the trigger and at 2.9 seconds they were moving out of the location the bullet was headed... oh a perfect shot ... but the target is no longer there!

    Using a scope on both, with the Ruger 10/22 with any ammo a head shot at 50 yards on starlings or gophers (long grass, often only could see the head) was doable, the Remington 552 was alot more forgiving on the ammo and 75 yards was good and if the bigger scope was on and sighted well and the target obliging 100 yards was done many times.

    I tried using the Ruger fox/coyote hunting a few times... got rid of it, still have the old speedmaster.
    Your ruger shot far better than mine, best group I could muster was 3.5 inches at 50 yards, my marlin left a jagged hole.

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