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What's your maximum hunting range and kill zone size in .22

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Stevie Darling, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Just wondering what you .22 guys are hunting at??

    I normally stick with 30y working on a 20mm kill zone, very rarely go past that.

    Do I need a bit of practice:)
     
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    I moved over from 22 a while back but I have kept one rifle in 22. Can do 20mm spinner at 40 yards leaning or resting on tree post etc.daystate mk3btw.that particular rifle is zeroed at 35 yards so no need for much hold over. Hth
     
  3. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    now this I'm looking forward too:tea:
     
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  4. Alex.B

    Alex.B Keyboard Hero

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    1 mile :D , I know but the beer in the pub was good that day :D
     
  5. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    and why is that:p
     
  6. tankman

    tankman Posting Addict

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    Only one o need in this context mate.
     
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    My '97k is zero'd at 29yds, a hint of hold-over will get me to 35yds.
     
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    range 100m , kill zone.... oh about 5.5mm . :)
     
  9. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    No that's steviee's zero missing off his 20mm target :eek:
     
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    About 35 yards on average.
     
  11. Tinbum

    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    On a perfect day, in the perfect ambush spot with all points over the warren covered with markers it's possible to go further than my usual 35 yards.
    Unfortunately the Internet is full of irresponsible air gunners uploading videos of live quarry being taken at rim fire ranges with air. This isn't a good idea, EVER, and you never see the videos where it goes wrong.

    In short, you're not as good as you think you are!
     
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    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    At the club is a different matter, the zero range has 12mm spinners at the maximum available 55 yards and they're a doddle once you have your eye in. At T20's bash there are teaspoons at 80 yards which are regularly achievable if it's still, or at least not gusty. As I said, I have one shoot with markers (lolly sticks with numbers) all over a warren that shootable from a stable where I have a table, sandbags and all sorts of creature comforts. But that is very far from the norm.:)
     
  14. arthur john smithsplease

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    I wouldn't go beyond 30yards with my 22, although it is a springer.

    I know my own limits.
     
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    Long range shooting courses educate you very quickly on the one factor that most people ignore or don't understand - windage.

    On a .22 air rifle my zero depends entirely on the energy and pellet, and I usually set my primary and secondary zero to ensure the first and second mil dots fall on an easily remembered interval.

    Example: 26 yard secondary zero might equate to 44 and 56 yards at, say 6x or 7x magnification. To all intents and purposes this gives me a dead on aim point at 25, 45 and 55 (rounding off) which is easy for me to remember, provided nobody fools with the zoom on my scope, which will throw the above right out of whack :rolleyes:

    On a very still day and with a PCP and laser rangefinder I have head shot rabbits at 55 yards with a sub 12 FPE .22 air rifle, with the gun rested on a fence post and me kneeling behind it (witnessed). In anything other than dead calm conditions I bring my maximum range right down, or just don't shoot, which is a luxury more of us ought to take advantage of at times as far as I am concerned.

    IMVHO 35 yards is still far too far if you have a decent breeze blowing because even at that range your windage can be miles out; way outside of any kill zone or even a reasonable target area, assuming paper targets.

    Gravity can be catered for by using a laser to establish distance and then a predetermined mapped aim point.

    Windage is much, much harder to deal with, and the vast majority of modern rifle scopes (especially those used on air rifles) tend to totally ignore windage, meaning any adjustment you do make is the same as using hold-over or hold-under with a plain ret scope - it's a best guess and nothing more.

    We all spend ages fooling with this aim point at that range, that aim point and this range, and nobody gives windage a second thought or, if they do, it's usually by 'about that much'.

    A miss can happen for a lot of reasons and range is possibly one of the least likely to anyone who has mapped their aim point and who uses a range finder.

    Can/can't, should/shouldn't.

    Do what you feel is right, within your capabilities. The time for pushing your limits is not when you have live quarry in your sights...
     
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    As 177 says above for me too but with sub 12ftlbs .177 HW100S, laying down, shooting off a bipod.
     
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    Op was interested in.22 cal mate.
     
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    35m rested with no wind.
    otherwise with up to 30m - wind is the real issue. - aside form ability :)
     
  19. essex sniper

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    If I'm hunting elephant then 100yds is my max range with .22 would push to 200yds if it's just rabbits lol
     
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    with no wind ill go out to 40 yds with a pcp but to 30 yd with a springer
     

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