THE .22 LONG RIFLE
This cartridge is loaded with five grains of powder and forty of lead and the powder may be either black or smokeless, the former giving a trifle the higher velocity.
The long-rifle takes the place of the .22 short when it comes to outdoor target practice, since the heavier bullet is much less sensitive to wind. Up to a hundred yards it will do good work in any ordinary weather and will make a close pattern at two hundred yards on a still day. However, a moderate wind will drift the bullet two feet at the latter range, and therefore its use is not practical beyond one hundred yards. Of all the ammunition made this one seems to be able to fire the largest number of shots without loss of accuracy from fouling, which makes it a prime favorite with short range target shots.
As a game cartridge it will do for squirrels and rabbits but the hollow point bullet should be used or many animals will escape wounded. Its trajectory is too high for it to be used with much success at ranges beyond fifty yards—this for unknown and estimated distances.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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