Originally Posted by johnler
I just got really interested in .22LR long range shooting. Have the CZ452 (borrowed it back from my youngest son) and it seems to be more accurate than I can shoot at 100 yds using range bag for a forearm rest and no butt bag. What is your preference on bipods- the one on the rifle in the pics?
My biggest problem is the time it takes to get to a 500 yard range. Almost everyone shooting them long range seems to think they are perfect for practice even if your goal is large caliber, 2000 yard events. My question is what is good practice on a 100 yard range? I am in my mid-70s wearing trifocals so mostly I use a scope with rifles (lens implants focus on the front sight of handgun with arms extended in kind of a Weaver stance).
I have a 10/22 stainless and am in the process of determining how accurate it is. Same goes for a Marlin. The thought process being followed is that on the shorter ranges a less accurate gun will demand more out of me. Guess I could dial down the magnification on the CZ but not sure it would accomplish the same end?
I'll assume your shooting off a bench at 100 yards. A bipod is not the best way to shoot off a bench. You'd be better off shooting off good sand bags. I use a front rest similar to what benchrest shooters prefer. The top plate is pretty simple, in that it's a flat plate with slots cut in it. I use sliding jaws made from aluminum angle (I actually have three or four top plates). Use a Sinclair bag made for their windage plate with a forward stop. One of the plates has a deal made up to allow the jaws to rotate inwards as well as adjust sideways, Another uses a standard Protector (brand) Bag made for the front rest. I honest think the top plate is far more important than the lower part, as all it needs to do is elevate and lock down solid. I could write a book on my missadventures in front rests alone<g>! Your also going to need a rear bag of somekind (I use the Protector again), and a bottle of talcom powder.
I can't remember what the forend looks like on a CZ 452, but seems like it's similar to a Remington 541S. That being the case you might also want to add a flat aluminum plate to the bottom of the forend. Make it about 1/4" wider all the way around. This will make a world of difference.
Ammo is the major issue with all 22 rimfires. Your at the mercy of the manufacturer. Just because it shoots very well at 50 yards dosn't mean it will at 100 yards. Expect a lot of drop between the two distances. My goto round for one of my 541's has an 8" drop at 100 yards. It also seems like no two rifles will shoot the same stuff well, and rimfie ammo seems to vary greatly by the lot number. Plan on doing a good bit of experimentation with ammo alone.