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.22WMR accuracy?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by A strange person, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. A strange person

    A strange person Well-Known Member

    I've always heard that the .22WMR is generally not as accurate as the .22LR, at least in rifles. What kind of accuracy could one expect out of a quality .22WMR rifle such as a Savage or a CZ, particularly their bolt-action offerings?
  2. Dr T

    Dr T Well-Known Member

    I get 1" five shot 100 yard groups from my Savage with Fiocchi softpoints.
  3. PapaG

    PapaG Well-Known Member

    I have long been disappointed with the accuracy of the WMR. Perhaps I have never had an accurate rifle. Tried the old H&R semiauto. Horrible. Tried a Marlin bolt action. Poor. Went all out and got a Savage 93 heavy barrel, put on a good Nikon, free floated it in a Boyds thumbhole. Two inches was the best it would do. My Anschutz 141 sporter in .22, my Ruger Target, and my 93 in 17 HMR will all beat the inch mark when I'm on so I think it is the gun (and maybe the caliber). I like it out of my Ruger 6 1/2" convertible, however.
  4. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    I don't have one but I squirrel hunt with a uncle that uses one. He uses a Browning , a T-bolt I believe, with a leupold vx-3. I see him routinely take squirrels with head shots at 50+ yards. He is a extremely good shot though.
  5. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    He nearly always has the number of squirrels to show for the shots fired.
  6. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    Papag, that's not fair comparing .22 mag accuracy to .17 hmr accuracy. My .17 is crazy accurate. My latest shots with mine was a 5 shot group at 80 yards that a nickel covered. With my off hand!! Bc of an injury to my right.
  7. k soze

    k soze Well-Known Member

    I have Savages in .22 WMR and .17 HMR. The .17 can shoot tighter goops but... the .22WMR is more consistent at 100 yards and I get right around 1 moa accuracy all the time. My .17 goes from .5 moa to 2 moa depending on conditions.

    True some of this is the difference in the guns but I would take my .22 WMR to the field before my .17 HMR because I know what it will do that day.
  8. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Well-Known Member

    I think it depends on the rifle...anschutz that will put 5 shots in a quarter at 100yrs on a calm day from a rest....like the above poster I have trouble off hand because of injury to my left arm....very weak.

    I have also found that the WMR ammo is a little like long rifle....some rifles like different stuff....that same rifle can't hit paper with any hollow point bullet.
  9. fallout mike

    fallout mike Well-Known Member

    K soze, I see what you are saying about consistency with the .22mag over the .17. Perfect conditions the .17 wins hands down. A little wind thrown in though and the .22 mag will def do better consistently with a 2X+ grain bullet.
  10. 303tom

    303tom member

    Dr T said what I wanted to say, I can get 2in. groups with iron sights with my 93 G ............
  11. bantam9

    bantam9 Well-Known Member

    Have a Marlin 22 mag with Bushnell 3x9 on top. Nothing fancy, but it's a tack driver with Win 40gr solid tips.
    Once you find the right ammo--stay with it.
    I would recommend a 22mag to anyone. I love mine
  12. Craigman

    Craigman Well-Known Member

    I've tried about 8 types of ammo in each of my 2 WMR's and each one likes something different. One like cheap-o Win 45gn silver box and one like Maxi-Mags. Of the ones they dont like, they REALLY dont like and will spit out 2-4" groups at 50yds.
    Seems this caliber is picky
  13. lonestardiver

    lonestardiver Well-Known Member

    My CZ 452 deluxe in .22mag will do 5 shots into a dime - nickel at 50yds. Never had it on
    a range that allowed rimfire on 100 yd's....yet.
  14. mmitch

    mmitch Well-Known Member

    Minute of rabbit!

  15. gshipps

    gshipps Well-Known Member

    Heard that too. My savage didn't shoot well with the Hornady high speed stuff but CCI maxi mags will group real nice.
  16. NeuseRvrRat

    NeuseRvrRat Well-Known Member

    my savage won't shoot the maximags under a couple inches at 100 yds, but it puts 5 of the hornady 30 gr v-max under an inch at 100 and shoots one ragged hole at 50 yds. we like to shoot a box of clays with the shotguns and then set up some of the pieces at 100 yds and bust them with the 22WMR. one of the most fun-to-shoot guns i own.
  17. Redneck with a 40

    Redneck with a 40 Well-Known Member

    My Marlin 925-M will shoot 1.5" with cheap 40 grain Armscor ammo.

    I could probably get an inch with some v-max's.
  18. loose noose

    loose noose Well-Known Member

    I've got a Savage 93FVSS also and it prefers the Federal 40 grn. it'll shoot sub moa all day long. This is the SS bull barrel, in a Carlson Laminated stock I free floated the barrel and polished the sear where it lets off a tad over 3#. However any other brand of 22 Mag ammo. it will shoot well over an inch.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2012
  19. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    I've been shooting my CZ 452 Varmint for several years now. I mostly use it for targets at 100 - 150 yards. My experience is that with the right ammo (40gr seems to work best) it's quite accurate. The 30gr hypervelocity stuff is noticeably less accurate. But either will work for "minute of jackrabbit" shooting.
  20. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    My CZ 452 Lux in .22 WMR shoots CCI 40 grain TMJ's or JHP's into an inch at 100 yards, better than any .22lr I own. It doesn't seem to like 30-34 grain loads though, that's OK, neither do I.

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