View Full Version : 200yds scoped from a .22lr

08-10-2012, 9:38 AM
I've been thinking about stepping over into the 200 yard rifle range with my bolt action marlin. I don't want to get set up over there and find that I don't have enough elevation to reach.

Does anyone know if a Simmons .22 mag 3-9x scope can get me out to 200 yards without maxing out?

08-10-2012, 10:09 AM
According to the specs on that scope you have 70 inches of adjustment in elevation when zeroed @ 100yds. I have attached a ballistics table for .22lr 36gr highvelocity ammo with 1260fps @ the muzzle. The 70 inches of adjustment includes up/down so you will have approximately 35 inches of upwards elev adjustment available depending on the height of the center of the scope above the bore. I believe that you will be right on the edge of being able to zero at 200yds. Its gonna be close.

08-10-2012, 10:15 AM
Nice research Izzy! I would love to hear your results Dannicus if you do this. What ammo, what the conditions were like. Pushing a .22 out that far sounds like a fun test.

08-10-2012, 10:17 AM
According to the simons site your scope has 60moa of adjustment. This seams like it would be very close as my dope for my rifle is 27moa of drop at 200 yards with a 50yd zero. That would give 3moa of wiggle room. Not much.

08-10-2012, 10:19 AM
haha. Izzy beat me again!!! The 4x has 70moa and the 3-9 has 60moa

08-10-2012, 11:00 AM
haha. Izzy beat me again!!! The 4x has 70moa and the 3-9 has 60moa

Got the info on his scope from Amazon.com but I'll bet you are correct. I didn't check the Simmons site, my bad. The other drawback is that the adjustments will be nearly at max, not the best for tracking and accuracy but heck I'd give it a whirl. I did a similiar thing with my Nikon 3-9x BDC scope and it was fun and interesting. However I had the bullet drop compesating reticle which made it much easier.

08-10-2012, 11:29 AM
I didn't think it was feasible to take a .22lr out to 200 yards! I thought everyone enjoyed it at 100 yards and less, I guess you my man, shoots for the record!

08-10-2012, 12:41 PM
You'll run out of top turret, but then only need to sight in on something above the target. We shoot to 300yds on 4" swingers at SLOSA, with an aim point roughly 3-4' above impact. Once you have the range locked in, it's really pretty easy to hit out there.

Long range .22 shooting is ammo dependant. Standard velocity simply won't get out there with any authority, while high speed stuff is terribly variable between different manufacturers , even with the same bullet weight. Trajectory is plunging terrifically, so minor sight changes makes a huge movement downrange.

08-10-2012, 2:02 PM
We shoot a falling plate match every other month with a long range of 175 yards. 6" steel plate target.

It's doable with standard velocity High quality ammo, we use Ely Match or Wolf. The rainbow effect means you need lots of adjustment to cope with drop, your scope can do it with Shims BTW, since you did not mention a need to shoot a ranges closer then 100 yards!

Burris Signature Z rings will also help.

08-10-2012, 2:06 PM
I didn't think it was feasible to take a .22lr out to 200 yards! I thought everyone enjoyed it at 100 yards and less, I guess you my man, shoots for the record!

I love shooting mine out to 200 yards at clays or steel swingers about the same size and can hit them consistantly. With a few wind flags, you can practice reading wind and get some small groups on paper too. On a good day, I average 2-3" for 5 shots.

I have two rifles with the same scope (BSA Sweet 22 6-18x), one bolt action that did just fine for a dead on hold but the 10/22 has a shorter barrel and I had to shim the scope base to get a dead on hold at 200 yards.

It is easier to find tapered bases for centerfire rifles than for rimfire ones. With the lower recoil of 22LR it is possible to shim inside the rings. I did this for a friend on his lever action where the base was built into the reciever.

08-10-2012, 2:24 PM
These are available for Marlin, Savage and others: http://www.diproductsinc.com/Detail.aspx?PROD=164824&CAT=3602

08-10-2012, 3:19 PM
Optics Planet sells a large selection of 20MOA down scope mounts. Here is one for a CZ452 22LR Bolt Action Rifle.


http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/5739/opplanetusopticscz452ab.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/443/opplanetusopticscz452ab.jpg/)

Another option is a dedicated scope designed for 22LR. Below is a link to a Pride Fowler 3-9 scope with built in bullet drop compensator. It is marked out to 200 yards. I have one. Simple to use... Just zero it at 50 yards and then you can shoot anything out to 200 yards all day long. -Steve


http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/8391/prideh.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/577/prideh.jpg/)

08-10-2012, 3:25 PM
I used to play by shooting the high powered Chickens at 200 meters with old small bore silloutte rifle. It took as many as 5 hits to knock them down but, we could consistantly hit them.

08-10-2012, 5:32 PM
Wow, thanks for the info, guys! I'll post up my results if I'm able to get out there tomorrow.

08-10-2012, 5:45 PM
We shoot a 200 yard prone match out here. The x ring is 4", 10 ring is 6" 9 rings is 8" and so on. Most matches are won with a 390 or so points out of 400 with 10-15 x's. 50% of the rifles on the line are nothing greater than a out of the box Savage, a 10/22 with a nice barrel and trigger work, or a CZ. 200 yard for a .22lr is well within its capabilitys, if the shooter is up to it.

08-11-2012, 2:45 PM
If you shoot a duplex reticle scope typical distance from duplex (thick wire) to center is 4 moa, use the top duplex as a aiming point and you have 8 additional minutes of elevation.

08-13-2012, 9:47 AM
I didn't think it was feasible to take a .22lr out to 200 yards!

I'm not familiar with the scope the OP is using but here's a video from YouTube of a .22 at 500 yards (it zooms out at the end of the video to show the distance) -


I've only shot my .22 out to 425 but it's not all that difficult:

CZ 453 .22LR
Wolf Match Target ammo (40gr subsonic)
25MOA rail
Leupold 16x scope
68MOA up at 425 yards

If it's calm, it's fairly easy to put all ten rounds on a 18" gong at 425 yards. People generally don't believe it until they try it. One guy walked up to me at the range yesterday afternoon and asked what I was shooting at. I told him the gong at 425 and he rolled his eyes. I invited him to sit down and give it a whirl. He then called his friends over and insisted they try it as he just could not believe how easy it was to hit the gong once everything was dialed in:


08-15-2012, 11:49 AM
Well, I couldn't make it out last weekend. This weekend the range is taken over by the .22 silhouette match. They shoot targets out to 200 anyways so I'm thinking about giving it a try. Anyone have tips for me so I don't end up looking like a fool out there? This seems like a tough shoot having to go from 50 to 100 to 200. Do they let you re-zero in silhouette matches?