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Old 07-29-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Does anyone have an idea where i can find an "official" .22lr distance record?
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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distance record for what??
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the longest recorded shot taken with a 22
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Distance and 22 LR do not fit well into a sentence together.

The maximum range on a .22 LR round, fired at about 30 degrees, is around 900 to 1600 meters- depending on the exact cartridge/ bullet.

Fired from a rifle, most rounds are supersonic at 50 yds. But just short of 100 yds, something happens. Slowing down, the bullets drops below the speed of sound. The bullet is overtaken by it's own shock wave, which can make it yaw, and accuracy drops off.

I do have a couple of target rifles that shoot well at 100 yds- using match ammo, which is right below sonic.

Look at the ballistic tables for Federal (they are on line) Using 40 gr Federal Champion Target- Zeroed at 50, at 100 it is -5.2 inches below line of sight, at 150 it is -19.7 inches, and drops like a rainbow beyond that.

Muzzle velocity is 1250 fps, at 50yds is 1100, and 1011 at 100 yds, at 150 yds, 944. Speed of sound varies with air pressure and humidity, but is AROUND 1100 fps.

There HAVE been some folks shooting at 3 ft square targets from 600 yds, and getting a hit now and then- but that accuracy is what I call MOT- Minute of Truck. For appreciable accuracy, 200 yds seems to be the limit.
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Thanks c3,
WE been shootin .22lr, for years , just for fun mostly, a little squirrel hunting along the way.,
but never really knew the numbers, but kinda always tried shooting 100 yds or less,
now I know why.

good info.


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I ask because i didn't know if anyone had already outdone a range visit we did last week. A couple of us were in Georgia and consistently hitting a 24" gong @ 440yds......7 in a row at one point.
Didn't know if it had already been done
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I tried Guiness but their website just brought up "rifle tossing" guess they aren't a very gun friendly company
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at that distance we figured the round we were using was dropping 26.6 ft
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Distance and 22 LR do not fit well into a sentence together.

The maximum range on a .22 LR round, fired at about 30 degrees, is around 900 to 1600 meters- depending on the exact cartridge/ bullet.

Fired from a rifle, most rounds are supersonic at 50 yds. But just short of 100 yds, something happens. Slowing down, the bullets drops below the speed of sound. The bullet is overtaken by it's own shock wave, which can make it yaw, and accuracy drops off.

I do have a couple of target rifles that shoot well at 100 yds- using match ammo, which is right below sonic.

Look at the ballistic tables for Federal (they are on line) Using 40 gr Federal Champion Target- Zeroed at 50, at 100 it is -5.2 inches below line of sight, at 150 it is -19.7 inches, and drops like a rainbow beyond that.

Muzzle velocity is 1250 fps, at 50yds is 1100, and 1011 at 100 yds, at 150 yds, 944. Speed of sound varies with air pressure and humidity, but is AROUND 1100 fps.

There HAVE been some folks shooting at 3 ft square targets from 600 yds, and getting a hit now and then- but that accuracy is what I call MOT- Minute of Truck. For appreciable accuracy, 200 yds seems to be the limit.
So do you have any distance records?
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Growing up in a family farm/ranch operation in New Mexico, Dad would free me up to go jack rabbit hunting when the work was caught up. I would normally take them at a max range of 100 yards with a Winchester 62A filled with Federal or Winchester .22LR HP ammo. I know that in a bench rest situation with a scope a .22LR is capable of much longer ranges but 100 yards is the best I could do off hand with open sights. I grew up with that old pump action rifle and it serves me well today. Even though the gun is the same I sure notice the difference between 12 year old eyes and 60 year old eyes.
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