I took my longest squirrel to date on Saturday at 119 yards with a CZ 455 22lr. Little high on the first shot, but adjusted to make the second one count.
62 yards is impressive. Not everyone can make that shot. I find the really close ones 15 yards and closer, are the ones that bug me when I miss. Gotta know your holdovers at any range.My longest this year was 62 yards and I thought that that was good. 119 yards is amazing.
We've done that with 45/70's. Hits or misses were easily seen with those big 300 gr and 405 gr bullets. Once the drop was figured hits were surprisingly more than misses.I didn’t say I had only seen it tried once lol.
At the time we would get together and try to break clays on a berm at 200 with iron sights offhand. More misses than hits, but all was fun.
Since last summer I have become a regular on rimfirecentral.com since I became a CZ owner and am really enjoying the rimfire competition offered on that site. That is how I came to know Natebonebuster . If you want to see some consistency in .22 shooting go there and check out the monthly competition at 100 yds. with stock sporter rifles in the CZ forum. There is also a very good thread titled "50 at 200" where a guy has been posting reports on the consistency of different ammo by shooting 50 rounds at 200 yds and posting pictures of the spreads. Really interesting stuff. Trust me....... what Nate posted was a result of good equipment, knowing your equipment and practice. No, he won't hit every squirrel in the head at 100 but I'll bet his averages will be far better than most here.The rimfires are just so inconsistent at any distance. Shooting long shots takes a lot of luck with them. I imagine even from a machine, the groups would be pretty ugly.
I've got one, and it may be getting threaded eventually. I'll take the quietness and lobbing a .22 subsonic in over the sonic crack that the 17hmr produces. If you miss on the first shot of that 17hmr, you'll clear the area. I shot at a squirrel just before the 119 yarder at 139 yards and threw 5 rounds before that squirrel relocated. You won't have that option with the 17hmr, however you may make your hit on the first shot.Getcha a .17 HMR and you can go out much further.
I am range limited with my .22 lr. It wears a can, and shoots CCI standard velocity with a whisper - but has a rainbow trajectory. Dead on at 50, but massive point of impact change if you move 15 yards either way
Maybe it was a fluke. I don't see any expansion shooting .17HMR much past 150 yards but the little bullet still penetrates really well at that distance. I've found the poly tips sheared off in milk/soda containers at 200 yards with a small entry and exit hole to be the norm.I don’t remember what bullets they were. I was surprised. I don’t think you have but about 30lbs of energy left. The .22 will carry a touch more.
The .17 is very neat, but like most small fast cartridges, the velocity falls off quick.