.22LR Versus Light Bulbs By 22Plinkster

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.22LR is a popular round for many reasons from its soft report to its minimal recoil – and, of course, it’s just plain fun. It was designed in 1887 by the J. Stevens Arms and Tool Company, and if you really want to trace its roots all the way back they technically began with the Flobert BB cap back in 1845. That said, its parent case is actually the .22 Long, and its bullet comes courtesy of the .22 Extra Long. While many new shooters pick up a .22LR as their first firearm, it’s great for everyone and useful for a variety of things from taking down squirrels and coyotes to plinking away at a row of empty soda cans. Then there’s the fun of seeing just what the .22LR can penetrate, and that’s where YouTuber 22plinkster comes in.

In his latest video 22plinkster lined up a row of light bulbs to find out just how many a .22LR round could penetrate. Of course it’s possible the bullet veered off at a certain point, but even so it’s a fun video, because who doesn’t like playing with their .22LR?

What’s the craziest thing you’ve shot with your .22LR?



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I used to enjoy shooting shotgun shells.

  • wetcorps

    These tests are always fun to watch, but I can’t help but think the bullet is deflected more often than outright stopped.

    • Martin Grønsdal

      yes, that is what I thought too.

  • Just Say’in

    Ah yes, the 22 LR. Been so long since I’ve seen one in the wild that I nearly forgot they exist.

    • Nashvone

      It’s funny that I’ll grab a couple hundred rounds of 9mm for a trip to the range and not think twice about it. When it comes to my 22/45, I’ll debate for a long time before I decide to take it to the range or not.

  • Nate

    Please remove the bottom banner, it interferes with youtube fullscreening.

  • AC11

    Coyotes??????

  • Cymond

    I’ll admit, I never heard of .22 Extra Long before. Growing up, there 2 was an old Young American revolver in 22 Long. Maybe a bad idea, but sometimes I shot it by cutting off the nose of 22lr so they’d fit in the cylinder. Eventually, the trigger return spring broke, which made it extremely awkward to fire.

  • Tassiebush

    I used to plink rotting fish farm morts. They were Atlantic Salmon that had died. I’ve shot lots of wallaby with .22lr too which is normal here but not all that normal elsewhere I guess.

  • Ron Fox

    It would have been cooler to see how fast he could shoot each bulb individually. But I bet he couldn’t find enough 22 lr to be able to do it.

  • Robert Kruckman

    So What?