If you are planning on just using it primarily for small game hunting and plinking I would think 25 yards would be a nice compormise in distance to sight in. You probably won't take a lot of shots so much farther that elevation becomes an issue on a regular basis.
Personally I sight them in at 50 yards. You'll not miss anything closer due to that sight setting and will be easier to hit out to around 75 yards with it than if sighted in at 25. For small game I find it best for me.
I agree with Graybeard, 50 yards is about right for small game hunting. With most high velocity 22LR ammo the bullet crosses line of sight at 25 yards the first time and comes back down through line of sight at 50 yards. Zero at 25 and fifty are actually the same zero for practical purposes. After you zero at the range that you choose, you should check the point of impact with your particular rifle at the other ranges that you are likely to encounter. Scope hight has a pretty big impact on the relationship between line of sight and trajectory with 22s. Besides, that's a perfect reason to shoot some more! ;D
I shoot a lot of prairie dogs with 22s so I pay attention to where the lower post of a multi plex reticle hits. For instance I have a straight 4x on one 22. The crosshair is on at 25, and the lower post is on at 100yds. That's a pretty neat setup, they won't all work out that nice.
Variables add another dimension to the equation, because at different powers the lower post zeros at different ranges. Unfortunately, the lower powers zero at longer ranges and higher powers zero closer. I shoot many different rifles, and with centerfires I use the alternate aiming points for things like reduced loads, so almost all my scopes have little stickies on them with the data on how the scope is zeroed and what the posts of the multi x reticles do.
I agree with the 50 yard boys. Then if a longer shot presents its self you are ready. Also shooting at 50 yards gives a better picture of where you will actually hit at longer distances. Sighting in at 25 will be fine for that distance, but at 50 you could be off center quite a bit unless you actually try it. The old time small game hunters I listened to recommended 1 inch high at 50 then it was on at 75..
Whilst I also zero a scoped .22LR for 50 yards the bullet path is just a might different as I am normally using sub sonic ammunition for most of my pest shooting like Rabbits not eveyone used Hi velocity .22LR ammunition I do however have one .22LR rifle zeroed again at 50 yards but with CCI velocitor ammunition although I must say that I have never found Hyper Velocity ammunition to be particularly accurate.
Tree rat guns are sighted in at 25Yards, Hard to shoot past that in either a Peacan or oak grove.
General 22 rifle 50 yards. (coyote, rabbit, target, plinking)
others have been sighted in at 100 for ground squirrels.
My guess is I would sight your rifle in for what you plan to do with it.
mc, do you do your tree squirrel hunting in NC or Calif..??? When I was in Ore. a couple winters ago, I saw some of those big western grey squirrel, Read about them in a guy name Francis Sells stories of small game hunting in Ore. Always wanted to shoot a couple.....
Tree Rats in NC
Ground Rats in CA.
I just moved to Northern CA, before that I was in So Cal and we has ground squirrels.
But not too long ago a guy posted a picture in "what makes your favorite 22" thread and he had this huge,
sorry HUGE squirrel next to his rifle.
I did see really big grey squirrels in Big Bear but did not hunt them off the patio of the hotel. They frown on that.
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