perfect trolling neffa, humorous, mildly bizarre and accurately off target w/ a touch of naivete.What type of person keeps this up with the responses that HT keeps providing? I mean there has to be a "gotcha!" moment or maybe just some unusually large need for attention mixed with zero online experience? Or just a big giant joke. I don't get it.
As I shared previously in the "Feral Cats" thread...If you put the barrel in a vise and hammer the last 6 inches "up" about 1/2 out of alignment with the breach, you can get another 100 yards out of it. I sight my 22 in at 147 yards. Why 147? Because that's how far it is to my neighbors deck and I hate his cat, who shits in my kids sand box. I've only hit his goose twice and the cat door once. I will get that SOB.
Learn to spell "Terrific" for starters.How might one get respect as a serious poster here? I would rather first study up prospective guns, calibers and loads before laying money down. My OP is targeting those experienced in varmint shooting with .22's for some input. Maybe some here can share their experience or is this just another two-bit hunting forum like dozens of others out there.
Everything I learned about rifle shooting - breathing, stable positions, sight picture, trigger control, etc. I learned in those days.
I did not even know the spelling of my handle was a boo-boo. TERRIFIC is not an everyday word like it used to be. The double F in my mind's eye must come from my seeing the word TRAFFIC much more often in print.Learn to spell "Terrific" for starters.
Now Tom, I'm going to throw you a bone and take you seriously for a minute. No BS. Mostly because I am a narcissist and like to write about myself.
Starting around age seven with a Sheridan Blue Streak until I moved to Idaho in the early 1990's, I would say my kill ledger would run into 5 digits. IDK because we didn't keep logs.
I grew up on a 400 acre cattle operation in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Sniping ground squirrels for fun and pest control was our daily pastime. We had a Nylon 66 (the brown lever action one.) and it sucked. I wish I still had it though. Those things are actually pulling good coin at gun shows. Our first 10/22 made us the envy of the neighborhood. A box of 100 Mini-Mags would set you back 79 cents. A carton of 550 about $4.00. As cheap as ammo was, we didn't waste it because we scored each other on confirmed kills vs rounds fired.
After 1968, they were not supposed to sell minors any ammo that would feed a handgun, but we could collect enough pop bottles to buy all the 22 LR ammo we wanted at our local general store. They had rifle and shotgun ammo, too. Wouldn't Gov Newsome blow a gasket over that.
Everything I learned about rifle shooting - breathing, stable positions, sight picture, trigger control, etc. I learned in those days. When I was getting ready to go to Idaho (where I now live) to hunt deer and elk, I would go to the ranch with my 30-06 or 6.5x55 and spend time busting squirrels with them in practical field shooting positions. This was years before civilians had accurate rangefinders.
BTW - worrying about MPBR and ballistics before you have mastered all the aforementioned basics is actually gong to delay your mastery of the art. Shooting with a 22LR at small game is a lot like trad archery, you just have to do it again and again until you are consistent. We had the advantage of a virtually unlimited supply of ammo, targets, and time.
Ditto for bipods, leave those in the truck.
The whole secret to varminting with a 22 LR is to zero at 50 yards. Wait until the squirrel is up and barking and aim for the head. That gives you a two inch oval kill zone. No hold-over out to 100. A hit will give you an audible "Whop" sound. Like coyotes, the more ground squirrels you kill, the more they breed. They are also cannibals. A wounded squirrel will not go into his burrow to suffer a slow death. His brother squirrels will rip him to shreds in short order. I've watched it through my scope.
As you get better and more confident, you "aim small. miss small" and go for more horizontal shoulder shots and then for head shots.
I have a different 10/22 now and still enjoy taking it out. My 1976 was stolen. My favorite squirrel and small game gun is a Ruger 77/22 with a trigger job on it. They have become pretty expensive, but they are worth it if you can find one.
I did not even know the spelling of my handle was a boo-boo. TERRIFIC is not an everyday word like it used to be. The double F in my mind's eye must come from my seeing the word TRAFFIC much more often in print.
Thanks Mr. 45 for the ballistics pointers on .22 Long Rifle.
PS- I have asked the admin to correct the spelling of my handle.
Just for fun I played with Hornady's online ballistics calculator. The bullet drops fast past 75 yards.
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This is also the kind of chit people find confusing…you’re talking about having sufficient down range velocity to humanely kill…a gopher
What's the downrange velocity of a shovel? That's what I used to kill gophers in our little orchard when I was a kid. You put a hose down the hole and wait until the hole fills up and the gopher comes up for air, then you swing the shovel over your head as hard as you can and flatten the little sucker, like whack-a-mole in real life. I got $2 a gopher, then wen to the hardware store and spent that money on .22 ammo to go shoot other things because gophers weren't worth the ammo...