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5 years 23 weeks ago, 11:08 AM

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What is the " practical" max effective range of a .22LR. There are plenty of tricked out .22s but, if you only want to shoot a squirrel or a gopher
what do you look for.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 11:40 AM

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Hey Charley,
It's been my experience that the type of weapon you wish to fire this round from is all important, but as there are several different types of .22 caliber long rifle rounds, then the type of round you choose is also a factor. However, that being said, for the most part, without a scope you can expect ranges between 200 feet, with a standard type .22LR up as much as 500 feet with a .22LR magnum round.
My son's new carbine has the iron sights calibrated to 175 feet, but with a .22LR magnum and one of the nice scopes we got for him to use with the rifle, 500 feet should not be difficult at all. The fact that the weapon can fire both standard and magnum rounds and comes with a full Weaver rail system that allows him to mount any number of the smaller size scopes are the reasons I decided to purchase that particular weapon for him. I'm not going to let him use the magnum rounds at all until he demonstrates proficiency with the standard .22LR round.
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5 years 23 weeks ago, 11:51 AM

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tks for the input. I know some of the folks have some pretty tricked out .22LR. I'm wondering if the investment for a Ruger 10/22 is worth it.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 12:04 PM

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I have a 10/22 Ruger it was a tack driver from the first shot with factory iron sights. Great investment and a lot of fun to customize. Will have pics of mine up soon...

5 years 23 weeks ago, 12:14 PM

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$300. 1,000 rounds of ammo is more expensive. The Rugers are so well built that they will be heirlooms your great grandkids will use. Maybe not appropriate for your averga bear or Sasquatch, but well worth the investment, imo.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 12:26 PM

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I probably didn't phrase my sentence properly. I have a Ruger 10/22 and didn't know if a new barrel etc was worth it. My 10/22 is MOBarn at 50 yards
with just about any type of ammo. Yes, I changed stocks and that helped some. I'm looking at an investment tradeoff. Do I try to accurize what I got or go for something else.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 12:39 PM

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Are they still reporting Sasquatch sightings out there ? We Used to have that type of reporting in Miami. It was only the recovered tourist that wandered into the Everglades.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 9:42 PM

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Sasquatch sighting in Pennsylvania was found to be a delivery driver without a bathroom in sight, had to relieve himself...

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 2:29 PM

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I have a 1923 modle 56 winchester that hits a 3 foot by 3 foot gong at 300 yards in a 1 foot by 1 foot group. Thats the best my eyes will let me do at 300 open sites, I belive if I was scoped I could tighten that pattern up some. The drop at that distance is considerable.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 2:36 PM

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If you have a 10/22 that really sucks for accuracy, you have an unusual example. Put a new barrel on it, don't get rid of it. Unless you're going to get another 10/22. I have wanted to get one of those Butler Creek barrel/stock combos for a while, but I have more gun projects than I do time or money, so it has to keep waiting. 10/22 is a great .22 rifle, and there's no reason to chance getting an inferior gun.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 2:48 PM

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I would say the max effective range for the .22L is 100 yards. After that it get tuff.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:11 PM

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I don't know fordvg I'd give it more credit than that .22's have some great accuracy no they might not knock a steel plate over but they'll still hit it. I'd say 2-300 with the .22's I have.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:15 PM

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You can shoot a 22LR at 200 to 300 yds. but it is got to be tuff and to get a hit on something like a 6"x6" piece of steel in a wind is going to be tuff to do. Not saying it can't be done.

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5 years 23 weeks ago, 10:32 PM

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Yea true depends on the shooter...

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