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#6293346 - 03/14/12 10:16 PM Lets talk 22mag
Nate40 Offline
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I picked up a ruger 77/22mag the other day and am wondering at what range yall recomend sighting it in at? What loads are good? Uses will be groundhogs&rabbits maby the accasional crow or squarel?thanks
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#6293378 - 03/14/12 10:34 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Nate40]
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I zero mine at 50 yards. What range will most of your shots be at? That shoud be the deciding factor....
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#6293450 - 03/14/12 11:49 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: bsa1917hunter]
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Probobly 75yards but some farther snd sone closer. When i had a 22mag before i never could figure out the trajectory right.
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#6293465 - 03/15/12 12:04 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Nate40]
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I sight mine in for 100 yards.

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#6293473 - 03/15/12 12:22 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Blackheart]
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using the CCI regular 40 grain HPs, I can tell you that if you have a scope on top with target turrets, that if zeroed at 100 yds, raise the elevation 2 inches for every 25 yds and it is consistent for a prairie dog sized target out to 200 yds..

up 2 inches for 125 yds,
up 4 inches for 150 yds
up 6 inches for 175 yds
and up 8 inches for 200 yds...

hasn't used it beyond that...
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#6293895 - 03/15/12 06:52 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Nate40]
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It wouldn't have made any difference on the two 77/22 mags that I had. Both were highly inaccurate.
Hope yors works out well.

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#6294002 - 03/15/12 07:25 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: dale06]
257wthbylover Offline
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I had one...sold it. And just bought another 77/22 VBZ yesterday and scope is coming! I like the 50 yd zero myself and my other 22 mag LOVES the Remington Premier 33gr vmax/accutip bullets! They are lasers out that thing and shoot sooooo consistently for a rimfire!

As for trajectory, a 50 yd zero makes life easy out to 100 yds. At further distances, i havent done much work with it.

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#6294164 - 03/15/12 08:11 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: 257wthbylover]
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Originally Posted By: 257wthbylover
I had one...sold it. And just bought another 77/22 VBZ yesterday and scope is coming! I like the 50 yd zero myself and my other 22 mag LOVES the Remington Premier 33gr vmax/accutip bullets! They are lasers out that thing and shoot sooooo consistently for a rimfire!

As for trajectory, a 50 yd zero makes life easy out to 100 yds. At further distances, i haven't done much work with it.
My .22 magnum also thrives on those .33 gr. Rem. V-max's, printing 5 of them under an inch at a full 100 yards consistently.. Sighted in for 100 yds. I'm 3/4" high at 50 and not quite 5 inches low at 150.

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#6294726 - 03/15/12 11:21 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Blackheart]
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Thx for that info Blackheart!!! I may look at a lil longer distance and of course see what mine does once it gets here next week. Thats prob about the furthest i would want to shoot (150) on anything bigger then rodents/p dogs/crows, etc....

I konw the few predators i have shot (fox) have died almost instantly with shots under 100 yds!

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#6295177 - 03/15/12 01:28 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: 257wthbylover]
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As for good loads I use CCI 40gr HP and solids. The HPs are mean little suckers.... Not much experience with anything else.
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#6295316 - 03/15/12 02:03 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Nate40]
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My best accuracy has come from the CCI Maxi Mag +V hollow point, then the WW 40 grain hollow point. About 1.25" at 100 yards with the CCI, about 1.5" with the WW load.

In rifles, I haven't found any "bad" .22 mag loads. I've had quite a few .22 mag revolvers (convertibles, etc) that were load-sensitive.
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#6296025 - 03/15/12 04:56 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: T_O_M]
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my 1990s vintage 77/22 Ruger is finicky as heck.. it throws those 'under 40 grain' trendy bullets all over the place...
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#6297473 - 03/16/12 03:14 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Seafire]
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I use cci maxi-mag -V they are accurate and shoot 2 inches higher than reg velocity do at 50 yds. I shoot a cheap marlin mdl 25MN with micro groove rifling and it is deadley.
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#6297859 - 03/16/12 06:39 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Hubert]
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My 77/22 likes the plain vanilla W-W Super-X 40 gr. JHP load, and I sight it dead on at 100 yards.
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#6298194 - 03/16/12 08:14 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Hubert]
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Originally Posted By: Hubert
I use cci maxi-mag -V they are accurate and shoot 2 inches higher than reg velocity do at 50 yds. I shoot a cheap marlin mdl 25MN with micro groove rifling and it is deadley.


Yep, those Marlin's do shoot. I have a 925M that likes the CCI maxi-mag HV 40gr JHP
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#6298343 - 03/16/12 08:58 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: MCT3]
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I have a 30 yr old 25 MN, and it also doesn't like ANY of the new plastic tipped bullets, etc..

it is great with any 40 grain Load...

that rifle has accounted for about 10 deer in its life time...while serving as a truck gun and dispatching deer that have been hit by a car, out here in rural areas out west..

never took more than 1 shot between the eyes to put a deer down..

more than one were at 100 yds or more out in a field after getting clipped by a vehicle...that Marlin put the bullet right where the cross hairs were at...
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#6299555 - 03/16/12 03:15 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Seafire]
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"IF" your rifle will shoot them the CCI TNT is one bad azz round in the 22mag. I much prefer it over the poly tipped rds. It blows schitt up.
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#6300352 - 03/16/12 07:10 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: wareagle]
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Agreed, the CCI TNTs are better then the plastic tipped bullets IMO at expanding, But for general use you can't beat 40gr. Winchesters.

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#6300698 - 03/16/12 08:54 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: justin10mm]
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My Savage shoots the Rem. 33grns. at less than an inch, always. It's a heavy barrel with the accutriger. Sighted in at 100yds. i shot 2 woodchucks last summer, 153 paces and 162 paces right down a blacktop road. With an old 4x Redfeild i held right on top of their backs, no daylight between crosshairs and hair. Killed them both graveyard dead, and the little 33grners. both came out the other side with big holes in the fully grown woodchucks. Great round, fun to shoot, i like to sight in dead on at 100yds. and feel comfy out to at least 150yds. YMMV

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#6301902 - 03/17/12 09:29 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: guy57]
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Interesting thread. I have two 22 WMR's. The above mentioned Marlin which prefers the 40gr JHP and a camo Savage that my son uses. The Savage prefers the Rem 33gr Accutips as Guy mentions and the Marlin won't shoot anything less than 40gr well. I'll have to give the CCI 30gr TNT a try in the Savage.
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#6302773 - 03/17/12 02:41 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: MCT3]
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Out of 6 22mag rifles I've owned over the years Win supreme jhp have always been consistently more accurate than all others. This was pre poly tipped 22mag offerings were available though. I just preferred the TNT for splatter factor. Lol
The HP in the TNT looks like a flying pie plate. They are hella explosive ...
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#6302981 - 03/17/12 04:01 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: wareagle]
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Thanks for the info Wareagle. I've ordered some TNT's. Will have to test them on some of the pesky armadillos down here.....they're always good for "splatter factor". Lol
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#6303083 - 03/17/12 04:38 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: MCT3]
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Armadillos would have to be the perfect target for a 22 magnum.
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#6303863 - 03/17/12 08:26 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: CrimsonTide]
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I would agree. But the damn shell greatly impairs "Splatter Factor". Armadillos are the perfect target for anything.
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#6303913 - 03/17/12 08:40 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: wareagle]
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When I hunted grey squirrels many years ago with a 22 magnum,
I preferred solid bullets over hollow points.

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#6304013 - 03/17/12 09:20 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: rc82bttb]
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My Ruger 77 VBZ loves either the Remington 33 grain vmax or 34 grain Winchester Supreme.

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#6304167 - 03/17/12 11:05 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Jericho]
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Originally Posted By: Jericho
When I hunted grey squirrels many years ago with a 22 magnum,
I preferred solid bullets over hollow points.

The squirrel garners the respect of a clean kill. Armadillos are for splatter factor only. I'd like to watch one swallow C4.
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#6306530 - 03/18/12 04:52 PM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: 300Savage]
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Originally Posted By: 300Savage
My Ruger 77 VBZ loves ....


CCI 40gr Maxi Mags
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#6320313 - 03/22/12 03:25 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: MCT3]
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My Savage LOVES the CCI 30 gr. TNT's, but all I've shot with it so far was a beaver, and it took 3 shots to finish the job. Are they too explosive to penetrate a beaver's head??? Didn't recover that one , hard to tell. Anyone else using these things? It's the only ammo that gun likes!!

Sighted @ 50 by the way, vy little drop @ 100

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#6325281 - 03/23/12 10:31 AM Re: Lets talk 22mag [Re: Stoveman]
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confirmed.... the new 77/22 i mentioned earlier in this thread that was coming, well i got it yesterdya and shot it this morning.

It likes the same thing as my 597....

Remington Premier 33 gr vmax. the 77/22mag has the worse trigger EVER made and it shot 3 shots under .5 at 50 yds. I cant imagine what she will do when i get the trigger done. I know the trigger made me concentrate wwwwwwaaaayyy harder then normal.

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