Absolute max 222 rem range

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User00013

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Aw the title says what is the max range the 222 rem can hit something at reasonably consistently. Are you using factory or homeloads? I know you wouldn't shoot a live animal at 500 yards with it but even just paper or steel. I am going to try and push mine to the max range for some targets.
 

Longstrider

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Surely, max range of any calibre is more dependant on the nut behind the bolt than on the chambering ? I've proven in the past that the humble little .22 lr can be both reasonably accurate and carry enough energy to be deadly to small game at what many would consider to be ridiculous ranges. (NOT by shooting at live targets at those ranges)
I've also seen much larger calibre rifles used by people who, quite frankly, would have been just as accurate with a catapult and some pebbles.
Shoot off-hand with no rests and you're limiting effective range considerably. Shoot from a comfortable seat at a bench with the rifle correctly rested fore-and-aft and you can start to see that, in calm conditions, most of our kit is actually far better than the best of us.
 

User00013

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Surely, max range of any calibre is more dependant on the nut behind the bolt than on the chambering ? I've proven in the past that the humble little .22 lr can be both reasonably accurate and carry enough energy to be deadly to small game at what many would consider to be ridiculous ranges. (NOT by shooting at live targets at those ranges)
I've also seen much larger calibre rifles used by people who, quite frankly, would have been just as accurate with a catapult and some pebbles.
Shoot off-hand with no rests and you're limiting effective range considerably. Shoot from a comfortable seat at a bench with the rifle correctly rested fore-and-aft and you can start to see that, in calm conditions, most of our kit is actually far better than the best of us.
I agree just trying to find out what sort of ranges people can use theirs for. I can hit small targets at 200 yards with 22 lr subs they are deadly even at that range blowing holes through inch and a half wood.
 

flatliner

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Yes.
One of my fave loads was a pipsqueak of a load. A 52hpbt going only 2850 but I took my longest fox ever with it. 388 paces. I was still in my 20's then!

I find that best accuracy in mine is with very modest velocities.
 

25 Sharps

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HandB

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I shoot my .222 successfully at 600yards at Bisley - in mild wind with 55gr fmj PPU factory ammo it is capable of about 1MOA. In stronger wind the group opens up to about 2MOA. But bear in mind that is an old, non-bedded skinny barrelled hunting rifle with a heavily pitted bore (1954 BSA Hunter). A modern varmint type .222 rifle with handloads could most likely perform well out to 800 yards or even further.
 

25 Sharps

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I shoot my .222 successfully at 600yards at Bisley - in mild wind with 55gr fmj PPU factory ammo it is capable of about 1MOA. In stronger wind the group opens up to about 2MOA. But bear in mind that is an old, non-bedded skinny barrelled hunting rifle with a heavily pitted bore (1954 BSA Hunter). A modern varmint type .222 rifle with handloads could most likely perform well out to 800 yards or even further.

800 Well will be a push for a .222 due to moderate velocities and short (low bc) bullets you are looking at transonic and instability at that range
 

sikasako

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Look up Sako .223 1000 yard group on YouTube and you'll see what the .22 centre fires are capable of.
 

Smellydog

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We realized 222 data is held low for the weaker actions chambered in it.
We realized in strong actions it can easily be wound up some.
An old friend had his 222 with 40g nosler Btips running at 3950fps with fair case life and case head staying under .004".
In calm conditions 400y crows and rabbits were a speciality of his.
I could never match it. Every rifle is different, his was unique.
 

HandB

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Yes I haven't actually tried .222 at 800 but I would be interested to see if issues with transonic instability materialise, as the excellent Mark & Sam ELR folks in Australia shoot all sorts of slowish cartridges at much longer range with good accuracy:
 

HandB

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Update: this weekend I shot some 62 grain FMJ boat-tails PPU bullets at 600 yards in my .222 BSA (1 in 14 twist 24 inch barrel). It turned out that the cartridges with 25 thou jump to the lands stabilised the 62 grain bullets adequately. But longer bullet jumps of 35 thou and 45 thou caused the bullets to wobble all over the place like buckshot. The same sensitivity to bullet jump was not present in Sierra 52 grain HPBT or 55 grain FMJ as they seemed to shoot reasonably accurately regardless of bullet jump (there was a gale blowing from the West so tight groups were impossible with any of the loads). Interestingly the 62 grain bullets shot higher than the lighter bullets, possibly because the longer, heavier bullet created more pressure (the same powder load was used for all cartridges but primers were slightly cratered on the 62 grain bullets).
 

Cottis

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This thread is making me want to push mine to see at what distance is properly runs out of puff. I have a 3inch hardox disc at 535yds which I can hit with fairish regularity but not enough to shoot in anger at live animals at that range, not even close. I never seem to get plenty of shots at it in benign conditions which help massively.

If I get round to it, I will post up some results of what mine can do. It is a very accurate rifle but I suspect groups will open up before 500yds as it runs out of puff.
 
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