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Old 06-18-2003, 04:33 PM   #1
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What is considered an exceptional grouping.

I have just started shooting my Marlin .22 LR at the range recently (it's been dormant for the past 5 years) and after cleaning and about 500 rounds through it I am getting results that I think are pretty good... however, I have nothing to compare them to. I was wondering what type of groupings are considered above average at 25, 50, and 100 yds. Also, is the proper way to measure the grouping to measure the distance between every possible pair of holes, then average them? I'm new to target shooting... help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2003, 05:12 PM   #2
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Don't know if I'm doing it right, but I measure the distance between the outside edges of the two holes that are farthest apart then subtract bullet diameter.-TR
Old 06-19-2003, 07:39 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by TangoRomeo
Don't know if I'm doing it right, but I measure the distance between the outside edges of the two holes that are farthest apart then subtract bullet diameter.-TR
Thats the way I've always done it. Let say 1/2" at 100 yards would be exceptional and only possible on a very calm day with a good .22 rifle and a little luck My Anschutz and I managed that once for 5 shots.

My Custom Ruger 10/22 has managed to tear out one hole about the size of two bullet hole at 50 yards. The Anschutz basically puts them in the same hole.

Lets just say I think someone shooting 1/2 at 50 yards with a non competition rifle or stock rifle (Marlin, Ruger, Remington, etc..,)rifle has a good little .22. If you are shooting a Kimber, Anschutz, or a custom of some sort, you should expect better. Of course, among the non competition or stock rifles you always do run into the exception!

Old 06-19-2003, 08:05 PM   #4
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22 rifle with a scope? Custom Rugers are good for asprins @ 100 yards.

Old 06-29-2003, 06:38 AM   #5
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On a still day, with little mirage, I can hit a pencil eraser at 100 yds with mine. That is off the bench, Ely Gold, and a 6.5x20 Leupold. At 50 yds, it will pound 10 into a dime or less, usually less, if I do my part.

I have had bench guns that would not shoot that well...I would imagine that some of the 22BR guys have some real shooters in the vault, also.
Old 06-29-2003, 10:47 PM   #6
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Isn't it kinda neat? I will go out on a limb and say that the .22LR is quite possibly the single most inherently accurate round on the planet.

I shoot a Ruger Competition Model for Bullseye. From the bench, at 50 yards it will shoot a group smaller than a dime, with Winchester T22 ammo, or Federal Am. Eagle. It also likes Wolf (which is SK Jagd with a different box) and CCI Stingers.

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