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Old 02-19-2011, 05:08 PM
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Who shoots their .22 out to 200 yards?



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I was reading a few threads about some people unable to shoot 200 yards as the scope can't be adjusted enough. This got me wondering just how many people actually shoot their .22s out to 200 yards.
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:20 PM
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My gun club, we shoot out to 300 yards, Bufflo Legue
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:37 PM
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The range I go to has steel targets at 200 and 300 yards. When I first get there and am waiting for a cease fire to take my targets out I shoot at the 200s. Then some more before I go. I average about 75% hit on a 8" steel plate using a 2-7x20 zeroed at 50 yards. I throw a few at the 300s but the hold over is insane with that scope it doesn't end well.
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Old 02-19-2011, 05:55 PM
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When I shoot my 22 mag I'll shoot at skeet clays on a berm 225 yards away.

With the 22lr, the longest I shoot on a regular basis is 100 (mostly 25 adn 50), but I will occasionally put a few down range at 150-200 yards...
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:45 PM
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I was reading a few threads about some people unable to shoot 200 yards as the scope can't be adjusted enough. This got me wondering just how many people actually shoot their .22s out to 200 yards.
Pre WW2 200 yard smallbore prone matches were common. These were shot on a paper bullseye target.

My club has a 200 yard range with pits and we have shot a few 200 yd prone matches. I really enjoy it.

I have a copy of "The Small Bore Rifle Handbook" written by Col. Townsend Whelen in 1937. It contains tables of elevation and windage for 1100 FPS standard velocity .22 long rifle. Here are the elevation "come-ups" in minutes of angle (MOA):

--Starting with a 50 yd elevation zero, add 8 minutes of angle (MOA) for a 100 yd elevation zero.

--Starting with a 100 yd elevation zero, add 17.9 MOA for a 200 yard elevation zero.

So starting with a 50 yard zero you will need to add approximately 25.9 more MOA to be on at 200 yards (8 + 17.9).

Depending on how they are mounted, some scopes and iron sights may not have this much elevation.

You need to pay attention to the wind. At 200 yds a 10 mph wind from 3 or 9 o'clock will drift the bullet approximately 7.2 MOA or 14.2 inches.

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Old 02-19-2011, 08:41 PM
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I shot a 200-yard silhouette match today. Our club does this once a month.

The rams are about 9" tall, if I remember correctly.

On a nice day with a front rest and a rear bag I can hold to about 1 1/2 MOA. I've never been ablt to do much better.

Some scopes are limited. I have a Bushnell Elite 4200 in 4x - 16x that has no problem at all going from 25 yards to 200 yards. The same scope in 8x - 32x comes up way short.

I also use an old Redfield 2400 (24X) that has lots of extra range beyond what is needed to go from 25 yards to 200 yards with my .22LR.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:05 PM
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The problem with 200-300 yds is finding a scope that will adjust down that far.
Seems some makers don't put much range in the knobs.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:03 PM
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Burris signature rings can give .040 offset with the inserts- a lot of the rails will give .025/.040 off set. if you are running out of elevation in the scope
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:33 PM
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I was reading a few threads about some people unable to shoot 200 yards as the scope can't be adjusted enough. This got me wondering just how many people actually shoot their .22s out to 200 yards.
I have one .22LR setup for a monthly match at 200m... well, it's supposed to be 200m. My rangefinder says it's actually 224 yards from the firing line to the target line. I have 20 MOA of slope on the scope mount (Burris Signature rings). I'm thinking of going to 25 MOA so I can get closer to the optical center for the scope.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:44 PM
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A lot of airgunners shim their scopes to reach optical center for the range most commonly encountered. I have shimmed a couple of scopes myself. I have never hurt a scope by doing it.
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I shoot to 200 meters occasionally just for grins with both scopes and aperture sights. Mostly I just shoot at a 10" metal swinger. I can hit it most of the time, but suffer some occasional misses.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:06 AM
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We shoot a couple of different matches at our club with .22 out to 200 yards. The first is our monthly long-range silhouette matches that used to go out to 218 yards(for the rams), but now has changed venues and the max we can get for the rams is 186 yards. In both cases, I was able to use scoped rifles or iron(match) sights. Each scope was different. I have a Weaver RV7 on my CZ lux that would make it all the way out to 218...I really was surprised at that. Some of my other scopes wouldn't, but that was easily solved without using shims or offset bases. As long as you have a variable power scope with a duplex reticle, you can easily reach out to 200 yards. Either use the top of the "heavy" duplex as your aiming point (no different than using a front post)and adjust from there with your elevation knob, or hold "on" with the top of the heavy duplex and then slowly dial back your scope power until it brings your elevation up to the proper POA. You may find that you end up back at 8or 9X with your scope, but these distances are easily shot with non-magnifying match sights, so the "low" scope power is more than sufficient. You would be suprised how accurate you can be with either of those methods.
The other match we shoot is our 200 yard smallbore prone. We shoot it on the official NRA 200 yard smallbore targets. We have three divisions, Vintage American Smallbore(Stock rifles Win 52's, M12's, 82G's, etc, with ammo restrictions) Open(any rifle or sight with sling) and F-class(any rifle or sight with rest or bipod). In either match, wind really is a factor, but with practice and wind reading skills, at 200 yards the .22lr can be suprisingly accurate. Now....if you happen to get one of those rare, windless days, with decent ammo, the .22lr can be amazingly accurate.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:08 AM
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the furthest i bother shooting is 150 yards. but that's because i use iron sights. after that, it's a crapshoot at best.
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I have one .22LR setup for a monthly match at 200m... well, it's supposed to be 200m. My rangefinder says it's actually 224 yards from the firing line to the target line. I have 20 MOA of slope on the scope mount (Burris Signature rings). I'm thinking of going to 25 MOA so I can get closer to the optical center for the scope.
Something is wrong somewhere. I couldn't leave well enough alone and not being able to remember anything about metrics I looked up the conversion and figured the distance. It's not completely accurate as my calculator didn't have room for the last 2 digits and I'm not about to figure it in my head. A meter is 3.280839895 feet according to the chart I used. That figures out to 218.72265 yards but it's very slightly longer because of the missing numbers. OK, it's early Sunday morning and I didn't have anything else to do.

I sometimes plink the caliche rocks on the berm behind the 200 yard targets at my local range when I get tired of killing paper. I just use windage and elevation as John Wayne told the female lead in (I think) "The Undefeated". After a few sighting shots I can do 80% or so hits.
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