Long Range .22 Long Rifle
Simple questions. I know that some of you are rolling your eyes. That's okay, perhaps this thread is not for you ;) For all the rest, some thoughts have been rolling around in my mind.
We all know that "long range" is a relative term. To many it means different things. Probably based mainly on both skill and equipment limitations. We all know that caliber can limit distance to a degree. Especially when hunting. Thus my thinking. How many of you practice some form of long range shooting with a 22lr? If you do what is your setup? To me it would seem anything over 150 yard would begin to approach long range with a .22lr. The thoughts that I have been having come from a few theories shared with me by different accomplished shooters that I know. One theory is that it is good practice to find a .22 rifle that matches your hunting setup as closely as possible to do large amounts of practice with. Others have told me that no matter how well you handle recoil, that after a few shots with a hard hitter will deliver a degree of anticipation and flinch. To solve this one can alternate between large calibers and small calibers to rest the mind/nerves.
Another thought is this. All of my observations are that .22 sized and shaped bullets are more dramatically affected by outside conditions than are larger and faster bullets/calibers. Therefore even though you may only be shooting 300 yards, the effects on your bullet trajectory may be more dramatic than a faster bullet at much farther ranges. Correctly assessing outside conditions would be ever bit as critical as shots at much farther ranges..
A 40 grain .22 caliber bullet traveling 1500 fps from the muzzle and being zeroed at 50 yards will drop 101.2 inches or 32.2 moa at 300 yards. the same bullet will drift 46.2 inches or 14.7 moa at the same range.
To some this may seem to lack luster, but isn't there something that could be learned relevant to long range shooting from the little .22 at much closer ranges and for much cheaper? Or, am I alone on this one. Perhaps the ship has already sailed on this one and I have missed the boat let me know your thoughts. There are no right or wrong answers here, unless they are tasteless.
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