Took my 2 boys and 1 of their friends to the range today. Both of my sons brought their .22's, I brought my Marlin 60 and Marlin 917v .17HMR. Tried some Federal 17gr V shock in the HMR. Man is that ammo dirty. 30 rounds total. After 15 I noticed our 8x10 target was not even being hit. The fouling was really serious when I cleaned it. The 1st 2 patches looked like they were dipped in tar.
.22's as usual were great. My little guy was a 1985 Romanian M1969 trainer. The 8x10 target for the HMR was at 120 yards, He flipped to his 100 meter rear sight and was plugging it off hand. We were shooting Centurian standard 40gr HP, Winchester Wildcat solids (the ammo of my youth), Centurian sub sonic 40gr, and CCI stingers. The other 2 targets were at 40 and 60 yards. Old 1qt oil containers on sticks, so they react when hit. 400 rounds of .22lr goes quick. My middle sons old Winchester 190 is a really nice shooter. I paid $100.00 for it 3 years ago. My little guys M69 is a real great shooter, that was $70.00, and is matching which is not common. Still has the typical Taiwan made mag.
Great day overall. Gotta love .22's. Out of pocket expense today for 4 people was about $18.00. There is more invested in the HMR then all the .22's combined. The rifle at cost was $200.00 2 years ago and the scope, a 4-12x40mmAO was another $200.00. Not really sure if it was worth it. My .22WMR is twice the rifle. Yes it did cost $475.00 many years ago and is topped w/ the same scope as the HMR only it is 3-9x40, no AO, and it is a Browning A-bolt Gold Medalion, but it is night and day. With that SOB and CCI Maxi mag HP's it will shoot 3/4 inch 100 yard shots all day long.
Granted, there was a stiff wind today. But a .22lr w/ open sights out preforming a .17 HMR, That is sad.
OS forgot to mention, the scope on the .22WMR was purchased used, $60.00