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Thread: .22 lr ricochet ballistic tip

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    .22 lr ricochet ballistic tip

    not sure if there is anything on the market for this but thought i would ask. i have .17 hmr on my ticket but as yet have not the funds for one. the only reason i wanted the 17 was reduced ricochet in the summer off of hard ground.
    is there a high velocity .22 that ricochets less and or is there ballistic tipped .22 lr that breaks up more.

    not sure if the .22 can get fast enough to cause bullet fragmentation

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    Quote Originally Posted by pj1 View Post
    not sure if there is anything on the market for this but thought i would ask. i have .17 hmr on my ticket but as yet have not the funds for one. the only reason i wanted the 17 was reduced ricochet in the summer off of hard ground.
    is there a high velocity .22 that ricochets less and or is there ballistic tipped .22 lr that breaks up more.

    not sure if the .22 can get fast enough to cause bullet fragmentation
    It's not in the nature of a solid lead projectile to "break up" unless it hits something of substantial hardness. (Like a steel plate) It's the homogenous nature of lead that makes it work so well on game. CCI makes a segmented bullet that will break up but the accuracy is , in my experience, mediocre. Fast is good. Just don't miss and be sure of your backstop.~Muir

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    the 17 is a necked down 22magnum , now with a magnum you dont get the wind drift you do with a 17 , it may be a bit more "bouncie" and not quite have the range but the magnum but the heavier round makes up for this .

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    Unfortunately with the .22 because it uses subsonic ammo, you get a lot of ricochet, mainly bacause it is a heavy bullet for the speed it is travelling at! I get loads of ricochet, mainly as I'm on flinty ground here, I just make sure I know where I am shooting, I have an HMR too, but I favour the .22! It's very quiet, I bash it about and it's cheap to run! As said, cci do a segmenting round, I've not tried it,but ive not heard great things about it!
    One of the worst ricochets I had was......rabbit, 50 yards away, shot it through the head, went straight through, hit the rising earth backstop behind, bounced off and whizzed straight past me in the air! Just goes to show how much respect you need for these rounds!

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    Don't put safety in the hands of bullet fragmantation !!
    I have a .17Cf throwing a 20 gr bullet at 4000 fps and it is still possible to have ricohets.
    Safe backstop is the only way, if you are not sure don't take the shot.


    Even the most safe backstops are not infalible i one shot on our local range a 25m and a 22rf subsonic came back and hit me about an inch below my eye. Luckily for me it had lost neary all its energy and just hurt like **** !

    Be Safe.

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    I believe both CCI & Winchester are marketing a frangible 22LR bullet but as has been said I wouldn't compromise the backstop on this basis. HMR will still ricochet though recently miss-firing HMR rounds which leave the bullet in the barrel has received more forum coverage.

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    Nosler make ballistic tipped .22rf ammunition - I believe it is the 'Nvarminter' (US name).

    Unfortunately, I don't know if they are available over here.

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    thanks for the replies. of course i would never take a shot that didnt have a good back stop but i shoot on a fruit farm which has clay soil that bakes hard in the summer. i give up using my .22 as the ricochets even after going through rabbits are to common. obviously the rabbits can damage the crop a lot os year round protection is needed.

    i will follow up the nosler lead.

    i also really looking for an excuse to have another 22. i will soon be given one but would like to keep the one i already own. having to differant rounds set up in differant rifles would save re zeroing all the time.

    barnes do a varmint grenade for .22 centre fire which has an impressive clip on you tube of destroying a grape. would a high velocity rimfire get enough fps to make this type of bullet work

    cheers pj

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    HV faster but less accurate than a hand full of gravel !

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    Quote Originally Posted by splash View Post
    HV faster but less accurate than a hand full of gravel !
    That's what i had been told, but stingers, velocitors and yellow jackets all group one hole at 50m in my Sako Finnfire Varmint - as good as my Eley subs. I settled on the Yellow Jackets as they are only different in he vertical plane (2" higher) so don't have to alter my scope just note the change on the mildots. The CCI's were just as good but were also 1.5" to the left.

    Fundamentally this may be another common.misconception.in the shooting world...my advice to anyone is don't knock it till you've tried it in your own rifle.

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