Whats the Accurate Range for a .22LR?

Have you ever shot long-range with a .22-caliber rifle?
According to Wiki: The .22 LR is effective to 150 yd (140 m), though practical ranges tend to be less. After 150 yd, the ballistics of the round are such that it will be difficult to compensate for the large “drop”.
If you’re into long range shooting then you understand the many variables that can affect your ability of making an accurate shot from way out there.

  • wind
  • Bullet – weight of the bullet
  • Spindrift – effect cause by rotation of bullet
  • Air Pressure
  • Altitude
  • Humidity
  • Temperature (barrel temp)
  • Coriolis effect – caused by the Earth’s rotation
  • Mirage – causes the shooter to hit high and to the side if there is a little wind
  • Cosine angle – angle to the target up or downhill

Having an accurate rifle is a must. The best ammunition certainly helps, but you better watch that wind drift. Power drops off quickly and those bullets drop in a hurry.
Watch Youtuber 22plinkster and IV8888 team up to find out how far out they can hit their target with a .22 LR cartridge consistently at more than the 150 yards that Wiki proclaim.

From 600 yard out with a slight breeze, its not consistently accurate. 22plinkster hit it 4 out of 20 shots.
At 500 yard out with minimal or no wind and with the right setup 22plinkster faired better, (its a 3 second in flight before hitting the target) its the maximum range to consistently hit.
However, its not the max effective range.
How about you all do you plink with a .22LR?

June 6th, 2018 by