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  • Could I practice my accuracy with firearms without actually using anything bigger than 22 caliber?

    Posted by Jessica on April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    I’m yet to by my first gun, and I figured if I’m buying my first gun, it may as well be a 22. But even if it wasn’t my first gun, and with how expensive ammunition is right now, could target practice with a 22 be the same as, say, a 556? I feel like that is a good way to practice your shot without paying a crap ton of money

    Jessica replied 1 year, 4 months ago 2 Members · 11 Replies
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  • mdram4x4

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    absolutley

    you can learn the fundamentals

    taking a 22 out to 200 or even 300 yds is not simple

  • Jjenson_97

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Practice shooting with it, shooting is shooting. You will of course need to learn for different calibers.

    My Bergara BXR 22lr is one of my favorite guns to shoot. Love it way more than my AR, AK, scorpion, or any of my pistols.

    Plus if you’re outdoors you can get steel targets for 22lr dirt cheap.

  • HMS_Hexapuma

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    The rules of good marksmanship apply across all guns. You’ll have to adjust for recoil, range and trajectory with different weapons but the principles remain the same. Also, you’re less likely to pick up a flinch reaction on a .22.

  • ardesofmiche

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Fundamentals are fundamentals, you can practice those with a .22lr.

    But, if you want to get proficient with a specific firearm, you need to practice lots with said firearm

  • RainMan2030

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    My first gun was an ar-15 style .22 rifle (M&P 15-22)… that said I think most people have no reason to bother with anything beyond a .22

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  • Tx_Drugged

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    If we’re talking rifles/carbines I’m not so sure. With an ar styled 22 you could become more proficient with some weapons manipulation/handling and reloads for when you get an actual ar-15. I think there’s plenty to practice there but, as far as rhythm/cadence of fire at varying distances, that will not translate to a real AR. I still think it’s well worth it, as long as you’re going the 22 ar direction and not like a 10/22 or something.

    What kind of shooting are you trying to become good at though?

  • DontTakeMyNoise

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Absolutely, marksmanship is more or less the same with any caliber. 22 LR loses steam before a more powerful cartridge would, so it’ll be harder to shoot at longer ranges – but it’s basically the same thing. At 100 yards or so there’s very little difference, especially for a beginner. If you push it out to 200 yards or so, you’ll see a good amount of drop – similar to shooting more powerful rounds at much longer distances.

    You can also practice with a quality air rifle, or (at close ranges) even a BB gun.

    It’s all the same. [This is an interview with a world famous competition shooter](https://youtu.be/fY1RVWzscTU), and his advice is to use a .22 for practice, and that it’s what he did before he had sponsors to pay for his ammo. Worth watching it.

  • ridge_runner56

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    This is precisely the method I’ve used in introducing my own family to guns. Start with .22LR and work your way up. You can learn quite a bit about fundamental techniques for safety and accurate shooting (trigger control, breathing, etc.) with .22.

    As others have noted, you won’t be doing 200 or 300 yard shots with .22LR. But you can master the fundamentals that will serve you well in shooting larger calibers out to those distances and further.

  • Kitchen-Hat-5174

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    To get the feel for shooting and gun safety, IE the basics, I would absolutely get a .22
    If you intend to hunt with a different gun I would take it to the range a day or two before hunting with some binoculars and figure out how it handles. Does it shoot a bit to the left/right or high/low? Always good to have a buddy with ya to tell what part of the target you are shooting at and he/she can confirm how close you got to the point on the target or just put mark the target and check it after every shot.

  • puch0331

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    April 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Homie you can run gun drills with a bb-gun to get the fundamentals down. A 22 would be fine, but in reality you would have to get acquainted with a bigger caliber due to weight, recoil, velocity etc. but it’s good to learn

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