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Old 01-11-2022, 10:27 PM
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Am I the only person who never shot a .22 and seen their bullet flying into into their target? Maybe it's because for most of my shooting life, all I had were OEM Tasco and Leapers scopes. I saw this with both Vortex and Athlon scopes with ED/HD glass.
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Am I the only person who never shot a .22 and seen their bullet flying into into their target? Maybe it's because for most of my shooting life, all I had were OEM Tasco and Leapers scopes. I saw this with both Vortex and Athlon scopes with ED/HD glass.
Shoot subsonic ammo and you'll see the bullets all the time. Regardless of caliber.
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I’ve seen a 22 bullet bounce back toward me once when I shot at clay target I’d set on what thought was some old dead burnt soft wood. Turns out it was a very hard wood, and was like shooting a steel plate.

Also, twice in my life I’ve seen the shot from shotgun while shooting skeet when the light was just right (both times it was in the morning around 10am). For me this is significantly rare because I’ve shot well over 10,000 shot shells in the past 11 years of shotgun shooting.
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I've never seen it drop in on the target like that through the scope. My experience, as I recall, I was shooting both eyes open with a 22lr pistol at the 50 Yard tin can range at Los Altos. I think the sun must have been in a perfect alignment position where I could catch a glimpse of the bullets in their final 10 yards of trajectory this happened for just about every bullet fired.
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Shoot Colibr out of an NAA revolver and you can watch the arc as well LOL.
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Am I the only person who never shot a .22 and seen their bullet flying into into their target? Maybe it's because for most of my shooting life, all I had were OEM Tasco and Leapers scopes. I saw this with both Vortex and Athlon scopes with ED/HD glass.
Shoot with the light behind you and it's easy to see most bullets.
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Not a .22, but first time I shot a 1911 (.45ACP) I was amazed I could see the bullet in flight...
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I was in a bowling pin match with 147 gr hp 9mm (not a good idea it turns out) and I saw a bullet hit a pin and bounce off.

When the sun was going down I used to shoot my bb gun in the back yard. The low sun would shine off the bb's in flight. They were like a Hall of Famer's curve ball, lol.
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First time I saw bullet traces was through a spotting scope at a match at Sac Valley. Very cool phenomenon to observe.
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Not a .22, but first time I shot a 1911 (.45ACP) I was amazed I could see the bullet in flight...
That's what I've seen the most as well. Light colored backstop and those 45s stick out.

It's not really the same, but I downloaded a 50 cal muzzle loading pistol to 5 grains of powder, MV about 500 fps. You can definitely see that.
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Yolo Sportsmanb Association range is the best for seeing your bullets. Summer time right before sunset on the 100 yard range, the sun is just at the right angle. I've seen 22 and 9mm fly through the air. Plated bullets work the best.
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Anyone that shoots at long distances needs to see either a vapor trail in a spotting scope or tracers to get a true visual appreciation of bullet drop and wind drift.
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Being almost directly behind the fired projectile gives you the best chance to see it in flight because the base of the bullets stays relatively in the same place over a long distance.

If you line up the shot and then carefully raise your head and fire there is a very good chance you'll see the bullet. Just try not to blink when the shot goes off and its pretty easy to see 22s headed downrange.
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Shoot with the light behind you and it's easy to see most bullets.
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When the light is right you can see them.
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Oh yeah, when I was younger and mostly in the evening or morning light I have seen them on many occasion..Eyes can barely see the target anymore..
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Yes, when the light is right It happens when I'm shooting my cz 457 at 100y on target ammo. XTRIII at 30x. Its cool to see the rounds lobbing in.

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Learning to watch for and see a .22 bullet in flight all the way to the target is great practice for trying to see trace in a centerfire at distance as well.
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Shooting 22 shorts years ago, you could see them in flight with out a lot of effort.
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Anyone that shoots at long distances needs to see either a vapor trail in a spotting scope or tracers to get a true visual appreciation of bullet drop and wind drift.
I never see vapor trails here because the humidity is too low.
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I never see vapor trails here because the humidity is too low.
Get up earlier in the morning.
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