Re: .22LR @ 180 yards- Does this seem reasonable?
I was out at my property today with my buddy Matt (aka. Trebark) and the woman in charge was getting sick of the noise from my 300 wby imp and other big boomers, so we got out my ruger 10/22s. banged on steel real consistently at 178. Then moved it out to 250 (a 18"x24" plate) and could hit about 50% of the time. Using kentucky windage and elevation. We had a simmons 3-9 scope so dialing drop was a no go. We still had our other target at 407yards still set up so what the heck, launched some lead at it. GREAT fun! you could actually see the bullet in the air tumbling and sometimes see it spinning sideways when it clipped a branch! In the end we dug one bullet that had hit the frame holding the plate, it had penetrated about .2", not deformed at all, and had been coming down at an angle steeper than 45degrees!! We heald 22ft above the targets. We were shooting CCI minimags 40gr HPs.
"Out of range" is a theoretical concept as far as I'm concerned. Send it!