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mccamo117 02-21-2021 10:28 PM

22lr Long Range (100+yds) Hunting
 
I am wondering how many people out there shoot ground squirrels, pest birds, pigeons ect. At long range with 22lr? When I say long range I mean anything over 100yds. I have been shooting ground squirrels with 22lr past 100yds since I was a kid. Farthest kill so far on a starling is 112yds. Farthest ground squirrel kill is 235yds. I know there is an argument to be made about how ethical it is to shoot pests at that distance but in my experience head shots and upper torso shots are kill shots all day long. I shoot only sub sonic rounds because it has been proven to be more accurate at longer range. To repeat my original question, any one else shooting pests this way? What are your experiences? Do you disagree with shooting animals at those distances with a 22lr? What type of equipment are you using?

Ratdog 02-22-2021 04:00 AM

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I dont have an issue with it.
Many a rabbit and fox fell to a 100yd plus shot from my rifles in 22.
Like this 130yd shot off hand. I was a little younger then!
I forget the ammo...that rifle shot anything very well.Attachment 246749

mccamo117 02-23-2021 12:03 AM

Wow! Great shot with open sights!

Ratdog 02-23-2021 03:28 AM

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Originally Posted by mccamo117 (Post 12226061)
Wow! Great shot with open sights!

Rare for me.
Not so good eyes anymore.
If you look you can see the hole in the green leaf from the bullet after passing through the rabbits neck. The recovered bullet is sitting on a rock to.

Magnum357 02-23-2021 08:19 AM

I will do varmint control at whatever distance I can make a headshot. I have hit raccoons out to 120 yards. Much past that, I’d prefer 17 hmr, or 17 WSM. Not because I don’t think the .22 can do it. It would be to tilt the odds way into my favor of 1 shot 1 kill. With more a more powerful scope, I would attempt a little more distance with .22. My preferred load for varmint work is Browning 40 BPR, or 40 grain Mini-Mags.

chandler01 03-01-2021 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Ratdog (Post 12224849)
I dont have an issue with it.
Many a rabbit and fox fell to a 100yd plus shot from my rifles in 22.
Like this 130yd shot off hand. I was a little younger then!
I forget the ammo...that rifle shot anything very well.Attachment 246749

Great shot!!


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