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22LR Max Distance Fun

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Unread 10-16-2009, 10:32 AM
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Re: 22LR Max Distance Fun

I was referring to a 9mm at close range. At close distances the velocity of the 9mm and the 22lr are near identical. I do believe that it is a matter of penetration as to why the 9 won't kill a pig hit in the head (i am sure it would do it w/ a perfect broadside shot). Even with ball ammo (to limit expansion...although I am pretty sure it flattens out on impact) the 9mm will not penetrate the skull of the pig (for that matter I have seen a .41 rem do the same thing the 9mm did).

I think hardened lead bullets may be enough to penetrate the skull with a 9mm.

If the .22 and the 9mm were using non-expanding/deforming wadcutter bullets the frontal area of the 9mm vs .22 is nearly 3 times the size ( .100 sq in vs. .038 sq in).

Pigs are the only thing I have shot with a .22, with the exception of some rabbits (<5) within 25 yards, so this is the only thing I can use as a reference.
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Unread 10-16-2009, 07:18 PM
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Re: 22LR Max Distance Fun

Mr kemp. yes well when you find the very rare and elusive milk jug whitetail deer let me know.
and a 45-70 is a rifle cartrige yes? so id hope it would go through a milk jug

and yes it is a matter of penetration. you can stick a pencil through drywall with relative ease now with the same force try and stick you index finger through the same drywall, and youll probably break it.and barely leave a mark

personally id rather be sure to puch a hole in something with a smaller round rather than try to shoot a projectile 3 times the size and not make it through

a real world example of this is...
when i was about 8 or 9 my nieghbors cat was killed by a racoon so he puts some bait out(cat food) and waits with his baretta, he shoots a racoon right between the eyes and it just got angry and took off so he grabs his ruger .22 and drops it with one shot right behind the ear. still in the skull probably not as thick as the forehead but still solid bone. i dont know if it would have gone through the spot where the 9mm landed, but it seems to prove the point.
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Unread 10-20-2009, 01:21 PM
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Re: 22LR Max Distance Fun

There's a group of shooters at my gun club that hold 200 yard small silhouette matches twice a month with .22LR. Seems to be a lot of fun. They use open sights, aperture sights and scopes. Shooting sticks are allowed from 100 to 200 yards with the 50 yard being offhand. I've plinked with my .22s at 100 yards, but generally grab one of my 17HMRs for anything beyond that. I don't hunt with my .22LR for anything beyond 100 yards. Too inconsistent for a clean kill. No need to really since I won a couple of .22WMRs and a couple of .17HMRs.
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Unread 11-21-2009, 06:49 PM
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Re: 22LR Max Distance Fun

Originally Posted by Savageman69 View Post
i dont think a .22 will reliably hit and penitrate flesh past 200 yds, im sure it would bust a can or a bottle but not a leather jacket
I don't know, I have a off the shelf savage .22lr semi-auto, that I shot cheap fed 40gr bullets at 360yds. I was aiming at a 6x10inch steel plate that was sitting on top of 2 cinder blocks, I was able to hit the plate half of the time and hit the cinder blocks a few times too. 3 of the bullets were still stuck in the cinder block about a 1/8th of an inch deep. I wouldn't want to be hit by any of them? Now maybe a thick leather jacket, but still wouldn't want to try it. On the other hand my brother has a marlin 925m .22mag, and one of the bullets just knocked the plate over! Were talking about a 2inch thick by 6wx10h it is very heavy! .22mag has much more power.
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Unread 11-21-2009, 09:20 PM
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Re: 22LR Max Distance Fun

I have an old marlin with 3-9 bushnell and shoot it just for fun at 50-100 yards she does pretty good, go to 200 yards with a liitle wind and it goes to poop and that's ok it's just for fun...and cheap.
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Unread 01-09-2010, 08:20 PM
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Re: 22LR Max Distance Fun

I get 10 inches metal disk at 300 yards 8 out of 10 shot with this rifle

the picatinny has a 20 MOA
the night force 3-15x50 has a NPR-1 reticle which help's for elevation
the rear ring has a bubble for canting...
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Unread 01-09-2010, 10:09 PM
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Re: 22LR Max Distance Fun

Originally Posted by jmason View Post
What happened to the guy claiming 800 yd consistant grouping with his 22lr and the 3-9X ??

Maybe he was shooting off of the rim of the Grand Canyon
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