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Old December 13th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #1
 
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10/22 shooting distance?

How far is the normal shooting distance and what is considered to be a long?



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Old December 13th, 2012, 05:57 PM   #2
 
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I generally shoot mine 50 yards with the scope and 25-30 with the open sights. I have shot a lot varmints and rodents at 100+ yards... I've missed a lot at the longer distances as well. I have practiced at 75 and 100 yards, but I don't know if its me or my cheap ammo, but grouping seems to start rapidly degrading at these distances.
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I would say 25 -75 yards is the norm. Over 100 yards is on the longer side. I've heard and know of shooters that practice out to 150 yards.
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I guess this is where the thread takes a turn.......If 50/75 is norm and say 100/125 is the norm for a longer shot what scope is most used 1x4,1x9 ?????
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I have a 3-9x40 simmons on my 10/22. Unless I'm shooting for a long shot, i generally leave the zoom in the 4 or 5 area.
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Z06sid, A typical out-of-the-box vanilla 10/22 will be hard pressed to shoot decent groups at 75 yards. You have several things working against you. First, standard Ruger barrels have a generous chamber so they will feed reliably but the chambers are notorious for accuracy issues. 10/22s have standard bore. Add to that ... normal 22 LR bullets are not very aerodynamic ... plus the cartridge's velocity can vary quite a bit. When you add these characteristics together ... you will find groups are quite good at 50 yards but start spreading out considerably at longer distances ... especially if there is the slightest wind. I guess everyone has their own definition of accuracy but if you are looking for anything under 4~5" at 100 yards, you may want to upgrade to a target rifle with a tight chamber and a polished match grade bore. With expensive match grade ammo, 1" groups at 100 yards are possible.

The industry standard for 22 LR scopes is 1X per 10 yards. If you plan to shoot as far as 100 yards, 10X would be the optimum magnification. Because of optical limits, most scopes have a 1:3 zoom ratio ... meaning 3~9X, 4~12x, etc. The most practical plinking / hunting scope would be a 2~7X, which would be very effective for a 22's range of 20~70 yards. For a 22 target rifle, a 3.5~10X (35~100 yds) would be optimum. You can always extend the range of the scope but you can't extend the useful range of the rifle.
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I usually shoot my 10/22 on steel with iron sights at 25-75 yards, as well as at 225+ yards.
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I have a 3-9X40 on my 10/22 and that seems to suit me just fine.
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100 yards should be easy. We used to shoot small bore competition.22 caliber up to 100 yard with a peep sight. The 10/22 should be as accurate as you are.
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My friends and I have a favorite game. We place clay pigeons on the 200 yard berm and pick them off with our .22's. It's actually a bit over 200 yards to the berm.

My friend, Adam equaled my BEST 200 yard High Power Rifle match score (477/500) using a Remington 513T .22LR from NRA positions with two rapid fire stages. I fired my 477/500 using an HBar AR-15. We used all iron sights and no rests or supports. His .22 score was amazing and I was there when he did it. That is MASTER level shooting in NRA competition with an unmodified .22LR bolt action!

My best rimfire matches were from prone at 200 yards with the .17HMR. I shot many matches with the .17HMR but the best scores were 499/500 and 500/500. I shot my only perfect 200 yard score with the Marlin 917V in .17HMR from prone. That's High Master level shooting with rimfire!

That's my experience with rimfire at distance.

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I have shot a 6" diameter metal plate @ 300 yds w/ my 10/22. I love that rifle!
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100 yards is fine for a .22LR rifle. You'll learn a little about elevation and windage at that distance as the bullet will drop about 6 inches at that distance, but it's the accuracy equivalent of an M1 Garand at 500 yards.

We spent a nice afternoon in October breaking eggs at 100 yards. Once the sighting is dialed in, you can hit nearly anything.
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I have shot a 6" diameter metal plate @ 300 yds w/ my 10/22. I love that rifle!
WOW that is a long shot..........
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My best rimfire matches were from prone at 200 yards with the .17HMR. I shot many matches with the .17HMR but the best scores were 499/500 and 500/500. I shot my only perfect 200 yard score with the Marlin 917V in .17HMR from prone. That's High Master level shooting with rimfire!

That's my experience with rimfire at distance.

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.17 HMR has twice the velocity of a .22lr. 200 yards should be no problem with that little aero-beauty
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How far is the normal shooting distance and what is considered to be a long?
Iowegan is spot on...

IMO for a factory 10/22 a good scope to start with is 2-7x28mm rimfire...although not ideal for 100 yards it is passable...my gun has modifications like barrel, trigger, stock... and shoots 1.75" to 2.5" groups at 100 meters from bench rest under best conditions on a good day it is the tighter of the range...but it still has to be a good day to get even the 2.5"...I didn't select my barrel/ammo for punching the smallest hole in paper from a rest...I am sure the groups would be better if that were my goal...

I will say that I get the exact same results at 100 yards with both scopes I use...one is 2-7x28mm Leupold vx-1 rimfire with fine duplex...the other is a Simmons 4-12x40mm AO-EFR TT-1/8moa...both have 80moa adjustment range...

However...at 100 yards with my 2-7 the lack of AO is noticeable...close in at min power it is not a problem at all...

Here is some perspective for you...and remember...a good bolt action 22 out of the box can be better than a highly modified 10/22 at 100 yards...

Some people on this forum have mega bucks into their scopes alone and are master shooters...don't expect to get that from your basic 10/22 even if you are one of the world class shooters on this forum...

Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Match Instructions



small bore rifle competition - YouTube

You definitely want to learn from Ryan Cleckner...

ryan cleckner - YouTube


Especially this one getting started with putting a scope on your gun...the cheek rest is what you should be taking seriously in this video...



If I was going to be hunting at 100 yards I would want a bolt action rifle and a better flying bullet with more velocity than a 22 and at least a 9x zoom with AO...however...small bore silhouette doesn't allow even hyper velocity ammo...22 high velocity is the max allowed...two reasons...flat trajectory makes it easier and it is supposed to be DIFFICULT...and bigger/faster rounds destroy the targets...

Trust me on this...even with a much better gun than a basic 10/22...and a big scope with all the adjustments...and tons of practice...it is still considered to be a challenge to hit a pop can at 100 yards consistently standing up with nothing to rest the gun on...

Finally...I am not a member of this forum...but everyone on their is heavily invested in long range shooting standing off hand competition for both high power and small bore... http://www.steelchickens.com/

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