.22LR to 720 Yards?

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I saw the video title and nearly popped out of my chair. Considering that shooting 760 yards is well outside the realm of a majority of shooters, using the “lowly” .22 LR to shoot that far might was well be impossible…. but its not. Where Eric from IraqVeteran8888 has shown that .22LR can “kill” well past 400 yards, shooters Mark and Sam take it a bit further.

 

Using CCI Velocitor 40 grain rounds and a bolt-action CZ 452 rifle, Mark and Sam take the loading past 700 yards. Using a water background (so they can see the misses), they take the round to hit a 24″ square target. To engage the target, the scope required 145 MOA of adjustment from the zero shooting at a downward angle and got solid hits.

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The 3/4″ pine board was not penetrated, but they stated that it was nearly penetrated (For reference, the IV8888 test used a 1/2″ pine board to simulate a potentially lethal wound). Don’t ever let it be said that a .22LR cant reach out past 500 yards.

My favorite part? The declination on the scope that allows them to offset for the substantial bullet drop. The shooter was required to use air rifle rings, which allow for scopes to be manually adjusted for long range air rifles.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Jeff Brown

    Awesome effort from our man in Oz. Surprising how the .22LR bullet is flying true all the way to 700 yards.

    • iksnilol

      Well, the warning on the box isn’t a joke. .22 LR can kill far away.

  • gunsandrockets

    Need volley sights for my 10-22!

    • iksnilol

      I googled it, nobody makes them.

      So yeah, If you wanna make a quick buck there’s an idea, folks

  • Tony Williams

    As a matter of interest, according to the NRA Firearms Fact Book, a solid 40 grain .22 LR bullet fired at 1,255 fps has a maximum ballistic range of 1,620 yards at sea level.

    • gunsandrockets

      Interesting. That is just short of 1 mile.

      The warning text on the side of my box of .22 Blazer claims a range of 1.5 miles. Perhaps that range is based on a high elevation on a hot day?

      • Tony Williams

        I expect a strong tailwind would add quite a lot!

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        You’ve got to write your warnings for everyone who may use the product, so that is not out of the question.

        • Doug Baskin

          I regularly shoot .22LR at 1.6 miles so that it will not be a threat (according to the ammo box).

  • SerArthurDayne

    Thus spinning up a whole new era of “.22LR for home defense !!!” threads coming to a firearm forum near you. Because 700+ yds!!!!! “imagine what will happen when I volley 30 rds from my 10/22 SAW at an intruder!”

    • Simon Spero

      Use an Anshutz, place shot carefully through eye socket, sever improperly connected synapses, causing assailant to become productive, law abiding citizen, then ricochet gently back through along entry path, suturing on exit.

    • iksnilol

      To be fair, .22 LR SMGs such as the MGV-176 or American-180 wouldn’t be bad for home defense. Chop the barrel as far as you can get the suppressor back, slap on a red dot and you’re set.

  • Ted Schoenling

    Just another reason to know what is behind your target even with the ‘lowly’ plinking round of a .22LR.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    A 24″ circle @ 760 yards is right at 3 MoA, which I believe a CZ rifle well capable of shooting. It is a square target, so add some MoA onto the corners. As long as the bullet stays supersonic (or transonicly stable) and the wind doesn’t become too irregular, this shot becomes doable.

    This doesn’t mean I’m not extremely impressed, though 🙂

    • iksnilol

      Ummm, you got it backwards: You don’t shoot supersonic past 70 or so meters with .22 LR, you shoot subsonic at long distances. Otherwise it goes transsonic and loses all accuracy.

  • Hoplopfheil

    22 caliber indirect fire? That’s an idea…

  • Marcus D.

    Can someone say what the bullet drop is at that range? It must be massive.

    • BigRigRandy

      between 90-100′ depending on various stuff…so less than 150 MOA. Certainly not impossible to correct for. Terminal speed 540 FPS & 26 Ft-lbs For comparison the lighter, much slower CCI 29gr CB Short would create similar energy at the muzzle: 710 FPS & 32Ft-lbs

  • Darren Hruska

    That’s definitely a difficult shot, but I would have never doubted the possibility. I find that .22 LR rifles are still relatively accurate out to 200 yards for the average shooter, especially with good irons or an optic. A seasoned shooter should be able to reach out much further than that.

  • jerry young

    And just why not a 720 yard shot? read the box warning, has a range of 1 1/2 miles be careful! The shot is possible accuracy is sketchy given the weight of the bullet, the drop over that range and how susceptible it would be to a minor gust of wind but it is possible!