What Range Should I Zero My.22lr Rifle For Squirrel Hunting?
The first question that comes to your mind is “what range should I zero my.22lr rifle for squirrel hunting?” A hunter can easily miss a squirrel by 1.5 inches if they are not accurate. In addition, a hunting rifle that is zeroed at 50 yards will drop two inches at 75 yards and six inches at 100 yards. Similarly, a rifle zeroed at 25 yards will overshoot two inches due to the initial rise of the bullet.
Optimal magnification for a.22lr rifle
Depending on the type of squirrel hunting that you plan to do, you might need a different magnification than that of a typical sniper rifle. The best scope magnification for squirrel hunting is ideally between three and nine millimeters, and the power range will depend on the type of weapon that you’ll use. Most sniper rifles are able to handle magnification levels as high as nine millimeters, and most.22lr rifles come with 3-9 power ranges.
You may also need a tactical scope if you plan to hunt with a.22lr rifle. The specialized reticles and tactical scopes can make a difference in your accuracy. These reticles and scopes allow you to estimate ballistic drop in your target. There are also scopes that only increase your speed, allowing you to shoot faster and at greater distances.
Ballistics of 77gr SMK bullet
If you are looking for a squirrel hunting bullet, you may want to consider 77gr SMK. This bullet weighs 2.247 grains and can be fired from a barrel length of 11.5″ at 200 yards. SMKs generally do little tissue damage unless they yaw. This can happen at random and in some cases, may be unavoidable.
Another choice is the 56 match bullet. These are usually used out to 600 yards. Black Hills manufactures these bullets, which have a primed Lake City case and a BC of 13.020 grains. Sierra Bullets Sports Master (9MM) is 168 grains, while Berger 77gr OTM Tactical is a high-velocity bullet that has a good transonic performance at 700 yards.
Using a laser range finder to zero a.22lr rifle
Using a laser range finder to properly zero a.22lr rifle for squirrel hunting can be very effective in many situations. It is difficult to determine how far a squirrel is when using a laser range finder, but it can be helpful in situations where accuracy is crucial. One example is when a squirrel runs across the road and you need to determine how far you can shoot the animal.
When using a laser range finder to zero m.22lr rifles for squirrel hunting, you can adjust the zero as necessary to accurately hit the target. Typically, the kill zone is between 15 and 30 yards for squirrels, but the hyper-velocity.22LR can still reach the kill zone at 15 yards. While a rimfire-shot squirrel will die between 10 and 60 yards, an.22LR will reach the kill zone at ten to fifteen yards.
Using a fixed power scope with a parallax
A 3-9×40 or 4x32mm fixed power scope is enough for the average squirrel hunter. Make sure it has a simple mil-dot reticle, quality glass, and a wide-range prallax adjustment. Some hunters prefer a 4x lens, but a 3-9×40 will do fine. If you need to zero the scope, zero it at its highest zoom setting of 9x.
A fixed-power scope has a higher parallax than a parallax-adjustable scope. A higher fixed-power scope will have distorted images and blurred targets. It also will not give you the best view. This problem will only become problematic when you use the scope at higher magnifications. You should also check that the scope is properly adjusted before shooting.
Using a variable scope with a parallax
Whether you’re taking on the big bucks at the local shooting range or going out on a squirrel hunt, you’ll need a quality rifle scope. A variable scope can be a great way to achieve both of these objectives. A good variable scope will let you fine-focus your shots and have a parallax-free image. But if you’re a beginner and want to get started without spending a lot of money, you may want to consider an affordable fixed scope.
A fixed parallax is one of the biggest drawbacks of using a rifle scope. This is because it’s factory-set to be accurate to 100 yards, and since most squirrel hunting is conducted within that range, the parallax on a rifle will need to be adjusted. When using a scope that has a higher fixed parallax, you’ll get out-of-focus, blurry images. A fixed parallax is not a problem for 25-45 yard ranges, but it becomes problematic for larger magnifications.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.