People sleep on the .22LR as being a lowly and 'toy gun' round.
Those minded people are very much wrong.
It is a tiny round with a tiny sized and weight bullet.
But...That tiny bullet has a real _terminal _ effective range of out to 1.5 miles.
Terminal as in the bullet maintains enough velocity in addition to it's bullet weight, and thus energy, to penetrate a living beings surface area and either _kill_ it outright or directly cause it to die, a slow and painful death.
When this is stated to students in my basic hunter ed. courses typically there are looks of disbelief and amazement on students faces.
What you talkin' 'bout Willis?!
Now keep in mind the accuracy potential as well as range for a .22LR greatly depends on the form factor of the firearm be it a pistol, short barrel carbine, or a rifle such as the Savage BTVS II used in this piece.Originally Posted by DesertFrog @ SnipersHide.com/forum
Further as to accuracy that too will be greatly affected by the firearm as used singularly, without regard to wind and weather conditions (rain) as well as the ambient environmental conditions such as air temperature and barometric pressure of the moment which all have direct affect on any bullets trajectory and range by way of exterior/external ballistics.
Even still again the .22LR is no joke and should be treated and respected equally as one would any other bullet or round regardless of chambering or firearm form factor.
Know this and keep it in mind next time you're out using .22LR to plink cans or shoot pumpkins in your backyard or at some friends farm. For every round that _misses_ the intended target it will continue to fly until it runs out of flight time due to air drag and gravity, or it hits some other secondary unintended and possibly unseen object be it living or not.
Always with any and all firearms use be doubly sure to use a proper and sufficient backstop relative to the chambering in use and it's ballistic characteristics. This is how that moron in the news story a week or two ago wound up shooting and killing his neighbor a 1/4 mile away with a .45 ACP from a pistol.
For more reading and testing of .22LR ballistic characteristics check the following:
Stretching the .22 LR: a matter of range
Guns Magazine , Oct, 2005 by Holt Bodinson
"Be careful out there." - Sgt. Phil Esterhaus - 'Hill Street Blues'