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In praise of the .22

28 Jan 2015
@ 03:17 pm (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Good Day to All,
As one who does not have everyday access to a 500+ yard range I have begun shooting my .22 at 100 yards and beyond on the theory that some elements of shooting a .30 cal from 500 to 1000 yards may be reflected in shooting a .22 from 100 to 200.

So far, I've found 1) It's a lot of fun, 2) It is challenging and enjoyable to play a good crosswind this way and 3) even the .22 is teaching me some things about bullet performance. I was surprised to find that the same steel target that just rocks 60 degrees or so when hit at 30 yards with a .22 is completely rotated by a hit at 100. Lower speed, bullet holds together on impact, transmitted energy is greater.

Do any of you guys practice this way or in a similar fashion? If so I'd be interested in hearing some suggestions on practice methods and ranges. I don't believe there's any subsitute for shooting a long range rifle at long range. But on those afternoons when I don't have time to get to a range I'm finding some benefit in shooting the old rimfire in the field behind the house.


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04 Mar 2015
@ 07:46 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: In praise of the .22
Thats your xmas present sorted SL....
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