If you dont want to read all of what iv'e wrote, here is my main reason for posting this topic:
I like shooting targets from really far away, i know .22s are relatively cheap, but they just dont have the range i want to shoot targets at.
What would be the next best thing as far as price and range over a .22 caliber rifle for shooting targets at long distances ( like... 600 yards )?
I feel like a complete Moron, not knowing anything about guns. but, i guess thats why i joined the forum.. so with that said, heres my story and question.
im 17 years old ( im not sure if that has anything to do with anything, but there it is ), my dad just bought a 9mm semi-automatic smith and wesson hand gun. he and i went out to the local shooting range shortly afterward, and filled a target with over 350 holes ( hehe ). that was exciting, and dare i say, sparked my interest.
last weekend, i visited my grandparents in Arizona, and i knew my grandfather has many guns, so i asked him if i could use a rifle and ( to my amazement ) he said sure. he Handed me a rifle, ( at that time it was just a rifle to me, i didnt know till later ( after i loaded it ) that it was a 22.caliber ) and a box of 400 bullets. i went in their back yard behind a mountain, they live smack dab in the middle of no where, closest town is 22 miles away, closest neighbor is 8 miles away, and traffic on the way into town is 2 burrows and a road runner, so im comfortable when i say, they live in the BEST place to shoot guns. any way ( this is getting to be a long read, sorry ) i found a piece of wood a foot square and an inch thick, drew a target on it with a sharpie and found the best place to shoot, and from there found the(reasonably ) furthest possible place to put the target, which, after placing the target and walking back was 105 yards. i shot 80 rounds and hit the target 7 times ( personaly, i think thats pretty good for being the second gun and first rifle ive ever shot with no training on how to aim ). i only shot 80 rounds because i was getting hot ( it was 124 degreese ) so i called it a day. went and got the target, and went inside.
the next day, i scavenged threw their immediate back yard, and found some old bottles and cans, and went shooting again. shooting from and putting the targets at the same place as the day before, and i shot all 7 targets with only 30 rounds (BTW the rifle has a x6 scope ). then i shot a grasshopper from about 35 yards ( that was cool ). That was fun and all, but, its just not exciting enough for me. After shooting, i looked up the effective range of the.22 round i was shooting, it said between 35 - 40 yards.
I want to shoot targets from really far away, at least 500 yards, i know a .22 just doesn't have the range to make shots like that. What caliber and gun would be a good first rifle for me to shoot targets at that kind of range?
if you read this far, Thank you.
And thanks in advance for any replies