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Thursday, June 22, 2017

.22 Ballistic Curve and 50 yard targets, no scope.


Yesterday when I was at the range I sighted in 4 .22's. The closest I can position a target at that range is 50 yards. At that distance most of my rifles shot high with my rear sight set in its lowest position. Today I found this ballistic curve for CCI Mini Mags that gives a good picture of what was going on.

When I told my son that after 50 yards a .22 bullet begins to drop, he said that .22's  can travel for miles. I told him that's true, if the muzzle is pointed high into the air. When shooting normally, the bullet continues to rise for about 50 yards, then begins to drop. At 100 yards you're just about hitting the dirt.


What we can learn from this is that if most of our shots are at 25 yards, the bullet will rise until it reaches it's peak at 50 yards, then it begins to drop. At around 80 yards the bullet will be at the same height at it was at 25. That means that you can aim to a squirrel at 25 or 80 yards with no sight adjustment.

Since my rifles were shooting high at 50 yards, they might be right on target at 25 or 80 yards. The next step it to go to the 25 yard indoor range to dial the sights in.

More ballistic curves for the .22 can be found HERE.



1 comment:

Chet said...

Wrong Ballistic Chart:
That ballistic chart CCI Mini-Mags and a .22 caliber AR-15 style rifle with sights 2.5" above bore (look at the zero distance and you will see that the bullet impact is 2.5" low). That is not what the ballistic path for iron sights that sit approximately .6" above bore.

Correct Ballistic Charts:
Here is the link where that chart came from, and the appropriate charts for iron sights, red dots that sit approximately 1.5" above bore, and more on .22 caliber AR-15 rifles that have sights 2.5" above bore.

Enjoy.

https://savannaharsenal.com/2014/08/01/what-distance-to-zero-your-22lr-rifle-2/