Watching bullets fly

Discussion in 'Rimfire & Smallbore' started by 7887mm08, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. 7887mm08

    7887mm08 Silver $$ Contributor

    Mar 20, 2014
    So today I took my 10/22 to the range to sight it in after changing out the scope and stock. Set up at 50 yds and used a white target against a white poster board, the ground is also white with snow.
    Shooting cci sv I could actually see the bullet in flight. Watched it arc right into my aiming point.
    Pretty cool! I have never experienced this before. Of course my eyes are 55 yrs old and I wear glasses. Scope was set at 12x.
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  2. MrMajestic

    MrMajestic Gold $$ Contributor

    Oct 24, 2010
    The CCI Quiets at 710 fps along with standard velocity shorts and CB shorts are noticeable with open sights. It is fun to watch people when you tell them you can see the bullet in flight!
  3. Meangreen


    Sep 29, 2017
    I've watched trace a million times, but occasionally the sun is at just the right angle to glint off the base of the bullet. Last time I was in the desert, last summer, there were a few minutes where we could watch the shine off the base of the bullets all the way to 1200 yards.
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  4. seymour fish

    seymour fish

    Dec 13, 2009
    708, It’s good fun with low sun at your back. Good ammo screening test for 100 and beyond: corkscrew motion is detectable sometimes, and precludes accuracy at distance
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  5. 243winxb


    Feb 6, 2006
    Seen 22lr also in my 12x.

    With the right sun angle, 45acp cast bullet, target loads can be seen with the naked eye. About 700 fps velocity as they go to 50 yards.

    How about the vapor trail off a 30 caliber rifle bullet on its way to 500 yards.

    All cool stuff seen by my 73 year old eyes.
  6. flatlander


    Nov 27, 2004
    I noticed the same thing several years ago while shooting a 40XB I'd just received from the CMP. I had a Weaver KT15 scope mounted, and was shooting prone with coat/sling/glove at 100yds with Wolf Match Extra, which is std vel ammo. To me, seeing the bullet fly into the paper target meant that my follow-through was good, and that I hadn't blinked at the shot break - just two more good reasons that point out why smallbore prone can be a big help in practicing for HP LR prone.

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