.22LR Good Sniping Rifle for Hobbying?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sausn2002, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    I just bought a 10/22 Ruger Rifle and love it. I was wondering if anyone had experience going to the range with a scoped one (or any other .22lr rifle), and shooting it long range. I haven't shot long range with a scope at the outdoor ranges yet.

    Is it a good fun rifle to snipe with at the range. I'm looking forward to using it as a great hobbyist gun for this purpose, not to mention that the ammo is inexpensive. Other than that, I will use it for small game hunting, which I have little experience with, so I may have a forum question about that soon as well. :D
     
  2. chucksolo69

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    Back in the '70s I had one of those topped of with a cheapie weaver .22 4x rifle scope. My best shot was on a starling that was probably 150 yards away using Remington Yellow Jacket ammo. I literaly watched the starling vanish in a puff of red and black. I got similar results on a rabbit using a Marlin bolt action .22 topped off with the same scope. That time the yardage was closer to 200 yards. Yeah, it is fun sniping with a .22 and a scope. I haven't had the time or place to do it yet, but I'm hoping to put a 4x Aimpoint on my Colt/Walther M4 .22 and accomplish the same type of shooting with it.
     

  3. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Sniping? Seriously?
     
  4. Gatekeeper

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    I do quite a bit of .22 shooting up to 200yards. I think its alot of fun. The hardest part is reading the wind. A slight change in wind speed and/or direction will push that little bullet off target.
    Its really a cool when you can see the bullet through your scope(helps if the sun is behind you) falling like a lawn dart and striking a steel target at 200.
    I like std velocity rounds. More accurate IMO and no trans-sonic turbulence at long range.
    Probably want a scope with good target turrets as a st. velocity load drops approx 3feet between 100 & 200 yards and a sloped rail mount or offset rings like Burris Zee"s to keep from maxing out your adjustments.

    First time out after installing the 25moa base on my Hvy Barr 10/22 off bipod@ 200yd. Leupold BR24X. Wolf MT

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    First 7shots went into 1 3/4" Tail wind caught me last 3 opened it up to 3 7/8". Yes the 10/22's will shoot:D
     
  5. res45

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    I have a Marlin Mod. 60 with a 3 x 9 x 40 Bushnell on it,it's pretty easy to knock off 12 guage shot shell hull at 100 yds with no problems. My Savage Mark II in 22 rf and 93G in 22 Mag. both with Accu Trigger will do that out to 200 yds. It's pretty easy after lots of practice and good consistent ammo. My rf's like the PMC and my Mag. like the CCI HP's. No wind is always a plus.

    Mark II groups at 75yds.
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    22 ammo long range penetration test.
    Lethality of the 22LR- Results! - Sniper's Hide Forums

    Good forum for anything 22 related.
    http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/index.php
     
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  6. c3shooter

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    A good 22 is typically more accurate than the shooter. I shoot several older Mossberg heavy target rifles.

    However, despite the best rifle, best ammo, etc, you will be limited by the characteristics of the 22 LR cartridge. MOST 22 competition is at 50 yds, and longest is usually 100 yds. The bullet shape, velocity, ballistic coefficient, yada yada yada impose some limits.

    Now, having said that, I used to have a black 4 inch fence post that sat 300 meters +- away, and was in front of a pile of white sand. being vertical, I lost SOME of the need to calculate elevation, and just had to concern myself with windage. Could spot misses when they hit the sand behind the post. Used to love to sit on the front porch, pegging rounds at that post- far enough away that you could hear a hit SLAP home. Did not make every shot, but made a lot.
     
  7. sausn2002

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    I personally own an AR15 that goes up to 5.56mm ammo, but feel like I'd have more fun with the .22LR because of the challenge. Besides that, at the moment, my chances with hunting will probably be with smaller game, so I'd be using the .22LR with that. I love reading the comments, and all of you are giving me great confidence and reassurance with me owning my Ruger 10/22 rifle. I'm not trying to talk bad about the .22, but because the .22 is more effected by wind, I think that it would be a better training rifle as well, not to mention the better price on ammo, and I just think 22s are fun anyways. Keep the comments coming, please! I'm soaking it all in like a sponge!

    What about ammo? What's the best target ammo, hunting/small game ammo, ect. I know the local Wal-mart here sells mostly Winchester ammo. I saw the Super X ammo, and the Supreme ammo.

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  8. res45

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    There are all kinds of ammo out there most of the Bulk box stuff is pretty dirty not good for semi's or the most accurate but it's good for plinking though and you might have to clean the action more often. Sub-Sonic probably want cycle the 10/22 action but standard velocity and HV should do fine.

    Best option is to get a box or two of several brands and see what your rifle likes best. CCI Mini-Mags in solid and HP run a close second to my PMC ammo no longer made I have stashed up.
     
  9. sausn2002

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    So do Hollow points tend to perform better than full metals? When shooting game, which one is better? I know HPs are more lethal, but FMJs are probably cleaner and work fine too for small game. I noticed out of the Super X and Supreme Winchester ammo (two that I tried out/observed thus far) that the Supreme was higher velocity. I could tell visually and audibly when watching my friend shoot them. The Supreme ammo was a lot louder than the Super X, and you could even see it's higher velocity.
     
  10. sausn2002

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    I checked out the links. Great info! Thanks!
     
  11. cpttango30

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    I have one 22lr that is sighted in at 100 yards. Jsut for punching paper.

    My dad has a set of steel gongs at 100 yards on his property and we sit there and bang them all day long with 22lr in fact the funnest one was the 10/22 with a little 4x sportview scope on it. I had to ky windage it but once I found my aim point it was nothing but steel every time. slow fire rapid fire.

    Shooting a 22 at 100+ yards is too much fun. So lets not do to much talking about it.
     
  12. res45

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    I like solid for meat,HP's for varmints. If your a good head shot artist use either.
     
  13. skullcrusher

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    I agree with MattG. Sniping, Seriously?

    I will go farther than that....With a .22 lr round? Seriously??

    :rolleyes:
     
  14. dunerunner

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    Come on guys!! There are plenty of .22lr platforms out there and you don't see any Snipes, do ya!!
     
  15. CA357

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    Didn't the Israelis use .22 rifles for urban sniping?
     
  16. c3shooter

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    Question on ammo- there is MATCH ammo (despite your first born male child and all your free cash) that CAN be incredibly consistent shot after shot. Dynamit-Noel R-50 and Lapua Master is running me about $18/50, Wolf Match, Fiocchi Biathalon, Green Tag, Eley Tenex, etc ad infinitum. However, I have found many of my rifles also like Federal Champion Target (standard velocity) at about $20/500.

    22LR is not made with a FMJ- it is plated lead- or just lead. 22 Magnum IS available in a jacketed bullet. Super high or super low- or super heavy (Aguilla makes a 60 gr) may not be all that accurate- wrong rate of twist for those.
     
  17. sausn2002

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    If you were to shoot the small animal or varmint in the body/chest with FMJs, would the animal/varmint have a chance of walking away from it? Would they just bleed slowly to their doom? A squirrel? A coyote?

    I assume HPs take the animal/varmint down very well (stopping power), but what's the take on that one besides the fact that the HPs are probably not good for the meat?

    How about Frangible Bullets? They are non-toxic and sound great for meat, but what about the actual effectiveness of taking down the animal (or at least the speed of taking the animal down to it's last breath)?
     
  18. sausn2002

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    Well, heck. The 22s are harder to hear than the larger caliber rifles. You gotta look at it this way. I believe that if you are shooting a smaller round, you should balance it out by being that much better at sharpshooting.
     
  19. sausn2002

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    Good point. I just got a 22, so I'm not entirely familiar with the physics, ect. of rimfire guns. Not exactly sure the difference between the rimfire and centerfire on things like ballistics and physics. I haven't had my personal 22 long enough yet, but I plan to check out the different ammos through time. I'm going to Gun Shop today to see what 22 rounds they have on the store shelves. Thanks for the info. :D
     
  20. IGETEVEN

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