Well, I know they can go near a 1/2 mile. 8( My dad tells a story of when he was a young man, being a little dumb as most kids are, was plinking and shooting birds. He was shooting .22 Shorts out of a rolling block single shot and shot at one and heard the ole' zzzzzinggg. He didn't think much about it and kept shooting until suddenly the neighbor from (2) 40 acres farms away, came pulling into their driveway in his truck and came out steaming after my dad. Apparently, he'd been standing on the clutch of his tractor and heard the his and dropped down and the ricochet from my dad's gun took his hat off. He said he could barely see the glinting from where it came from as it came in out of the corner of his eye. It was really close. I have ever since being told about that day been Verrry careful about backstops and angles. Unfortunately, ricochets are a fact of .22's because they are so light and easily redirected.