Longest distance did you ever effectively shot with a 22 LR?


February 2, 2009, 02:50 AM
So at what distance were you still able to hit your target???

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February 2, 2009, 03:07 AM
200 meters is as far as I have been to. I shoot at 100 M regularly with the .22 lr.

General Geoff
February 2, 2009, 04:04 AM
150 yards.

February 2, 2009, 04:06 AM
150ish... then it just gets sloppy. but hey, its a 22

February 2, 2009, 04:33 AM
150 yards with my spikes AR-15 standing up, I was able to keep all shots in a torso sized target.

February 2, 2009, 04:35 AM
I have plinked at the 200 yard berm at the range before, but never shot groups, My Savage was actually pretty accurate at that range. It wasnt to hard to hit the intended targets.

February 2, 2009, 04:41 AM
if we are talking strictly groups, then 100 yards, but i can 'one-shot' clays at 150 from a bench

February 2, 2009, 05:56 AM
I killed a squirrel once at 79 paces. Figure the angle to the top of the big tree he was in? I don't know.....maybe 75-80 yards? Held the horizontal crosshair about "an inch" over his back. At the crack of the gun, he fell DRT. Dumb luck shot really and I've never tried it again.

February 2, 2009, 06:08 AM
200 meters on IHMSA steel rams. Pihs...............ping!

Friendly, Don't Fire!
February 2, 2009, 06:18 AM
was out in a large field with his 22 rifle (just plinking around like kids do) and there was a crow standing about 400 yards out there.

He showed me about where he was and where the crow was standing -- just this side of RR tracks. He said he aimed way over the crow, knowing he would most likely miss. He touched it off, and the crow fell over dead.

He said he was scared to death, but went and got the crow, the bullet went through its head. That wasn't a shot I took, but my B-I-Law's shot.

The best shot I ever took has to be about 70 yards with my Ruger Mark II Target Pistol single-handedly (as my left arm was in a sling from shoulder surgery two days prior -- in 2005) and, resting the barrel on a neighbor's wooden porch banister on a 10 degree below zero morning, put an Ely Target Pistol bullet through the red squirrel's neck with one shot using open sites with a Volquartsen rear site. The neighbor had been having quite the squirrel problem and in about three days (about 40 minutes each morning), I shot 14 of them. They were actually getting behind the plastic corner posts of his vinyl siding and making their way up the corners and out of the vinyl eave soffit! I told him he must get rid of them or his home will be infested with them. I know there was a lot of luck involved in that shot, but I did hit the squirrel, and when it dropped out of the tall tree, I was surprised, when I finally got over to it (in three feet of snow), I couldn't believe the shot was right though its neck with blood all over the snow!

I do have a lot invested in that target pistol (trigger sear, trigger, etc).

February 2, 2009, 06:25 AM
I once shot & killed a woodchuck at 136 yards with a stinger from my BL-22 w/4x, and killed one at 132 yards with my MKII 10" bull stainless. I was using the factory sights, and braced off the corner of our horse trailer. I have since gone to a peep sight, built a self-storing bipod and Hogue grips on that pistol. The innards are on my list for upgrades.

February 2, 2009, 06:28 AM
Not really long range...but if you want a challenge with a 22, try shooting a chicken in the head while its walking.

That was how my Grandad taught me to shoot...or more appropriately, how he taught me to plan my shot (and yes, we ate the chickens)

I did this at ranges from 30 to 50 yards with open sights...I wish my eyes were still that good.

February 2, 2009, 08:55 AM
I regularly ring the 200 yard gong with my CZ 452 Lux, and its terrific iron sights.

Milk jugs are no problem.

I don't shoot it for groups at that range, but I can hit what is out there if I can see it.

February 2, 2009, 09:03 AM
Hit a crow once at nearly 250 yards with high velocity .22 shorts. Didn't kill it, and it took about 8 shots to zero in. We had been zapping praire dogs in a field on the edge of a subdivision (hence the need to use quiet little shorts). Saw the crows hanging out near the top of the ridge (where we had slain a few rats earlier that day) and decided to take a few pot shots. Old bushnell 4x scope, and I had that bird all the way at the bottom of it, so probably between 5 and 6 feet of holdover at that range.

February 2, 2009, 09:09 AM
100 yards is well within reason (max at the range I regularly shoot) but I have not really tried farther … ammo makes a big difference.

February 2, 2009, 09:11 AM
About 100 yards, but I didn't hit my target too much.

February 2, 2009, 09:28 AM
Not too far at all. Maybe 100 yards.

February 2, 2009, 09:58 AM
Oldest son and I started shotting at a 55g drum at 250 yards,(used rangefinder). We tried to find out how fast we could shoot without missing, but we had to stop firing before the first round hit the drum. This used up ammo fast though we had a fun time and the 1022 got plennty warm. Just using a stock out of the box 1022 we got to where we could make 6 shots, stop, and hear all 6 hit the drum. Ammo used was Winchester Wildcat.

February 2, 2009, 10:37 AM
About 150 yards.

Every once in awhile I can make decent first round hits at 175 to 200 yards on objects like small iron plates or cans, but I might have to walk the round in when it's the latter of the two. There's also alot of other factors to be considered. Is the wind blowing really hard? Am I using a scope or iron sights? What kind of ammo am I using? What kind of .22 rifle am I using? What kind of accuracy is it capable of? How familar am I with the .22 rifle in question and have I ever shot it before?

For instance : Am I using a surplus ($75) Romanian bolt action rifle with iron sights and ultra-cheap lead fingers ammo borrowed from a friend that I've never shot before? Or am I using a Ruger 10/22 with a match grade barrel, a 6-18X40 scope and CCI Green Tag competition ammo that I shoot almost every time I go shooting?

All these factors end up playing a part in how far you can hit.

Harve Curry
February 2, 2009, 10:37 AM
130 yards measured with a Leica 400.
I can spot them with binoculars from the hay barn, then take a rest on a hay bale. If the squirrels are patient I get them with the little Rossi model 62 and a Marbles tang sight using Federal 550 Bulk ammo. They're only about 2" wide so alot of luck plays into it. I have a 1897 Marlin coming with a new TJ liner done with a Litja match chamber, can't wait.

February 2, 2009, 10:49 AM
I have taken many rabbits at the corn feeder that sits 100 yards from my deer blind using my Marlin model 81TS topped with a Bushnell 3x9x40mm scope.

February 2, 2009, 10:49 AM
Shot targets at 200yd, they were about 16" square.

February 2, 2009, 11:53 AM
A Crow taken at 200 yds with a Marlin Youth Model 15YN loaded with Eley Tenex. Measured distance with a 100yd tape and witnessed by my Dad.

February 2, 2009, 12:07 PM
65 paces a lucky 1 shot to a squirrels head with a Rem bolt action with open sights.

Tennessee Ned
February 2, 2009, 12:13 PM
200 yards with my CZ 452 ultra lux. I put most of the shots on target once I found the range but now that I have a scope on it I'll have to try it again.

Brad Clodfelter
February 2, 2009, 12:14 PM
Anyone who thinks you can't shoot a 22lr at 100yds accurately, needs to think again. It just takes a good shooting 22lr to put 5 shots to where a dime will cover all of the shots. There's a small thumbtack above the group stuck in a piece of black cardboard to give you a better feel of how small the group is.

Suhl 150 Factory barrel


Brad Clodfelter
February 2, 2009, 12:29 PM
Here's another pretty good one that a dime will cover as well.


February 2, 2009, 12:50 PM
The 10/22 has a Shilen Match Bbl. I butchered the stock myself and worked the trigger over. The best group I ever shot with this rifle measured .588" center to center for 5-shots at 100yds.
The Lil Red Marlin is a Youth Model 15YN that I built to teach kids with. It has a real affinity for both Eley Tenex and CCI CB Longs. I added Stainless Steel Pillar Blocks to it, worked over the trigger and added a over travel stop to it. I killed a Crow with it one morning at 200 measured yards witnessed by my Father.

February 2, 2009, 12:51 PM

Even without a tuner you can get decent groups at 100 meters.
With a tuner I suspect with no wind... you might be able to do sub-MOA at 200 meters.

February 2, 2009, 12:51 PM
20ga hulls are not a challenge at 100M for my Savage MKII, firing from prone with a 3-9 scope. Wish I had a longer range at home.

February 2, 2009, 12:54 PM
I routinely plink with my CZ 452 Lux at 200 yards.

Once you get used to it, it's amazing what you can hit with iron sights. :cool:


February 2, 2009, 01:07 PM
My CZ V22 upper on my AR will hit soda cans @ 130 yards with ease. I haven't really shot it past that but I'm confident it will shoot decent @ 175 yards or so.

February 2, 2009, 04:14 PM
I was at the range yesterday and got a little bored shooting so i found one of those shoot N see target at 100yds unused so i thouht i should try if i can be on paper using my Ruger markIII hunter with 6 7/8 barrel and i surprised my self becs out of maybe 30 shots atleast half was in the circle and one almost to the bullseye, there was a 3hot group that was very tight to each other too, I'm like thats not to shabby..i'll post pic of the target later..


February 2, 2009, 04:26 PM
200 Yards with this old'en


February 2, 2009, 04:51 PM
Back in the early 1900s, formal prone .22 competition at 200 yards was a common event in small-bore matches. A good shooter with a good rifle can do quite well at that distance. I have a 1920 something book by Col. Crossman showing a photo of a 3.3 inch 10 shot group shot with a .22 from a machine rest at 200 yards. These guys weren't even shooting smokeless powder yet, but something termed 'lesmoke', mixture of smokeless and black. They considered it more accurate than the newly developed smokeless of the day. They also had yet to trust Remington's new noncorrosive primers. I would think we could do even better with today's rifles and powders.

February 2, 2009, 05:12 PM
The round bottom of a 55 gallon drum at about 350 yards with 10 degree downward angle. 4 out of 10 rounds.


February 2, 2009, 05:44 PM
Hit a running pheasant at 125yrds, with my 22/45 equipped with an Ultra dot.
A few windage and elevation shots, and got em after 5 shots.

February 2, 2009, 10:43 PM
With my Marlin 880SQ and Win. T22 ammo , I have killed blackbirds at 300 yards ---- I have a Shepherd scope on it that is matched to the
.22rf in ballistics ----- check out the scope here;
http://shepherdscopes.com/ --------------sighted in at 50yds. the .22rf has dropped almost 130" at 300 yards !!!!

Also , here is a link to a club I sometimes shoot at ----- again , 300 yards with only .22rf. allowed

February 3, 2009, 08:52 AM
I got a groundhog at 237 yards (according to google earth) with 60 grain subsonic Agulias. Took 2 sighters to get the holdover right. I still consider it a luck shot-

February 3, 2009, 10:06 AM
100 yards on trap clays is not problem. Shooting a TOZ-78, Rem Bulk and iron sights.
New 10/22 with bull barrel as being setup for 200 yards and I will give you a report soon.

February 3, 2009, 06:29 PM
The .22 LR is an excellent rifle to learn windage at relatively short ranges. ;)

July 16, 2009, 03:13 PM
Ive Killed Birds Out To 140, Rabbits At 185, and Coyotes at 145. Its A great Caliber for Funn. Shot For Years.

July 16, 2009, 03:19 PM
plinking? 200 yrds (effective == entertainment watching little puffs of dust as bullets impact a hillside from a full-auto)

99% inside 50 yrds though

July 16, 2009, 05:15 PM
150 yards with iron sights and CB longs. Were shooting at the remnants of an old washing machine someone had dumped on the range (ARGH! Damn literers! We clean up other people's trash on every range trip!), and were listening for the rounds hitting the metal. Was a WHOLE lot of adjustment for bullet drop, but it's doable.

July 16, 2009, 09:02 PM
On a calm day my CZ 452 will keep it's shots on an 8" steel gong at 300yds from prone with a bipod.


July 16, 2009, 09:45 PM
Took the top off a prairie dog's head at 175 paces when I was a teenager. Winchester 22 pump with factory open sights.
We used the dogs for target practice back then.

July 16, 2009, 10:23 PM
225 yards with a 10/22 at a 55g. drum.
6 rounds rapid fire, stop and hear 6 rounds hit the drum.
You have about two secounds to fire the 6 before the first round hits the drum.

July 17, 2009, 01:02 AM
Approx. 100 yds on ground hounds in eastern Washington

July 17, 2009, 01:16 AM
ive actually shot one at 300 yrd targets before, back when a 22 was the only rifle i owned. (70's)

i was shooting at a target that was about 3ft square, and hit it almost, if not every time. i would say my group was 2-2.5ft.

the rifle had a rimfire scope with a bullet drop compensator, and i had it dialed to max, i think it maxed at 200yds, with about a 5-6ft holdover.

since then, 100yds, and with a gm target barrel can usually get somewhere around 1-2moa.

it shoots pretty easy moa at 50, but funny things happen between 50 and 100 for a 22 rimfire (like a light breeze and temperature issues)

July 17, 2009, 04:50 AM
I got a lucky shot at about 115 yards. we were shootin clay pigeons that were placed on a burm. There was some debate on actual distance. I would say it was between 100 and 130 yards.

July 17, 2009, 10:16 AM
I've played around with shooting clays on a berm at 200 yards. Seems like it takes an eternity after you pull the trigger for the clay to break.

July 17, 2009, 10:19 AM
just practicing standing shooting i put up a half size 50ft rapid fire silhouette target and was able to keep all shots on target out to about 200 yards or so, after about 130 yards holdover was an issue!

July 17, 2009, 11:56 AM
Clanging a gong at 200 offhand with a .22 AR and A2 sights. The sights were the handicap, not the round. Have to try it with a 39, or a scoped gun. Should be downright easy.

But what's "effective"? The rounds don't have much oomph left in 'em past 200. Or 100.:)

July 17, 2009, 04:40 PM
100 yards is no problem, out at 150 the holdover gets tricky.

5 shot group, 100 yards, .22 cal Marlin model 995, Federal High Velocity 40 gr round nose bullet. Weaver 1.5-4.5x variable fine crosshair scope.
(previously posted but hey, the rifle still shoots)


Vern Humphrey
July 17, 2009, 05:24 PM
When I was a young sprout I and my Dad's Foreman were out feeding cattle. In one pasture there was a herd of deer, who broke for the woodline when they saw us. I swung my Remington 550A, fired and it seemed like a second or two later the last deer went down, a spine hit. We stepped the distance off at 167 yards.

Float Pilot
July 18, 2009, 12:28 AM
Using a vintage Winchester Highwall in 22 LR, we eventually were hitting a hanging soda can (painted day-glo orange) at 210 yards (laser range finder).

That was from a bench using iron sights and premium ammo. With the non-shooters acting as spotters.

Last weekend I shot my grandpa's (inherited by me) model 34 remington (made in 1936) at 100 yards from a bench. It would keep all 15 shots in a 8 inch black circle using crappy ammo.

Ballistic Mule
July 18, 2009, 01:34 AM
Look what you started! We can easily strike a six inch gong at 175 yards w/ my stainless Buck Mark rifle at about three foot holdover w/ standard velosity ammo.

July 18, 2009, 02:11 AM
100 yards at paper targets. Usually run 1'' groups or so with my Savage MKII HB if you really take you time, always under 2". I've shot out to 150 on random stuff which was fun.

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