"What some may think is impossible.."


February 23, 2012, 04:10 PM
So I was cruising around YouTube, and I came across this guy claiming he could shoot 400 yards with a Ruger 22/45 in .22lr, here is a video:


Is this for real :eek: It seemed like a legitimate video to me. Has anyone else here tried something similar? Would be interesting to see if others could do it as well.

And here I thought I was hot stuff shooting 400 yards with a scoped CZ 452..oh well, off to the range!


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February 23, 2012, 04:30 PM
i don't see any reason it couldn't be done an a very calm day. i would imagine the drop wood be in feet, but without wind it should do the same thing every shot. that said i do good to hit a tin can at 17 yards with my 22/45 4" , but i can't see for crap either. at 400 yards the target would have to be a billboard to even SEE it.

February 23, 2012, 04:58 PM
But doing it free hand,or unsupported is the part that makes me wonder.

It seems legit,but off hand shooting at 400 yards with a .22 rimfire = I am a skeptic.

btw,how big was that target ?

February 23, 2012, 07:24 PM
It looks to be a full-size torso. I'll send him a message to find out what it is exactly.

February 23, 2012, 07:28 PM
how much footage went to the cutting room floor?

February 23, 2012, 07:44 PM
If Jerry can hit a balloon at 200 yards, with a double action snubbie, held upside down, 400 yards, on a bigger target, with the gun held like it's supposed to should be doable. But, not by ME!:banghead:

February 24, 2012, 09:40 PM
.22lr is an amazingly capable round. Remember Dustin Ellerman from Top shot shooting the tip off a Qtip with the Valquartzen and in the leadup to the final hitting the golf ball on the tee with the same rifle? On the intro to his appearance on the 700 Club it showed him center punching a penny with a 22lr @ 50 yards. In talented hands it can put on quite a show. :-)

February 24, 2012, 11:18 PM
Well, there's no doubt that a .22 will get there. Mind you a quick check of the Hornady ballistics calculator shows the need for a roughly 300 inch hold over. But then I assume that he wedged and set the red dot to do that. Must have used up a box or two sighting it in though... :D

I first thought that he didn't have enough angle on the barrel to arc them in. But a quick check of the angle to get a tangent of 25/400 (25 feet or 300 inches of holdover) showed that it's around 3.6 degrees. Not an angle that you're going to easily see given the camera angle.

February 24, 2012, 11:49 PM
Long range shooting with a pistol is not hard. Finding a place to shoot a pistol at long range is. Preferably dry and dusty so you can see where your rounds hit and adjust acordingly. The more you practice the easier it becomes and the .22 is perfect for that.

February 25, 2012, 08:59 AM
I can hit pretty much anything at 400 yards with my CZ 452 and iron sights.

Just give me the day off, perfect weather, a decent spotter, a reactive backstop, and a few thousand rounds. I'll hit it eventually.

Of course, since I don't want bore the viewers, in the video I'll hit it first try.

February 25, 2012, 07:46 PM
I’ve won bets shooting a full-size military silhouette target at 100 yds with my .22 Freedom Arms Mini-revolver with a 1” barrel. I usually get 3-4 hits out of 5 shots.

So yeah, it can be done. You’ll want to practice first, though!

Vern Humphrey
February 25, 2012, 08:59 PM
When I was a young lad, I used to read Elmer Kieth avidly. I couldn't afford a .44 Magnum, but somehow I acquired a Ruger MK I and practiced Elmer's techniques out to 200 yards with it. The trick is to spot the strike of the bullet and adjust your sight picture accordingly. Once you have enough practice, you know the sight picture to start with and can punish a gallon bucket at that range.

March 7, 2012, 10:53 AM
When my eyes were 25 years younger.........I could hit pennies at 50 yds. Well, after a few (or several:D) sighter shots. I could and still can hit empty 12ga hulls with some regularity.

But 400 yds? With a handgun? Well, with enough practice, anything is possible.

The Lone Haranguer
March 7, 2012, 12:35 PM
He would have to lob it in like a mortar or howitzer shell at that distance, but it is possible.

March 7, 2012, 12:56 PM
Watch some of the guy's other videos.

He's a got the skills to pull off something like this.

(must be sooo nice to have a backyard shooting range :( )

Vern Humphrey
March 7, 2012, 01:04 PM
But 400 yds? With a handgun? Well, with enough practice, anything is possible.
Actually, Keith hit a 4'X4' target at 700 yards, using Croft's guns, which he had never fired before.

hariph creek
March 7, 2012, 05:23 PM
I don't know that I could find the target at 400 yards?

Vern Humphrey
March 7, 2012, 05:29 PM
Have your congressman stand next to it and point to it.

March 7, 2012, 08:21 PM
Not seen the video but can believe it. As I've hit rabbits at SEVERAL hundred yards with a .22 rifle. As a teenager we lived on one hill and several hundred yards away was another hill with a tobacco patch. I would see rabbits come out into the field through the scope on my Marlin .22 rifle. I would hold way over by many feet and fire. I could see a puff of dust from the bullet impact. The rabbits would "freeze" in their tracks. I would then "lob" ie like a mortar round a few rounds until I hit them. I'd usually hit them in 3 rounds or so. They would not run, just freeze and sit still. I do not know the actual distance but think it well over 300 yards.

March 7, 2012, 08:44 PM
Shooting a bolt action single shot in West Texas, we would shake jack-rabbits up and drive them to a "playa"--a large flat dry lakebed.
We'd sit down and wait for them to stop running. I don't know the distance, but holding 2X their ear length high would be the fist shot; and look for the dust puff, then adjust.

We got several this way at 100-to maybe 200yds with iron sights. Did you know jackrabbits can hit 45mph? --9' of "lead" running across the field of view :D

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