[caption id="attachment_1540" align="alignright" width="300"] 22_penny_223[/caption] I have said that if I hear one more person say that the 22 Long Rifle is the best all 'round prepper/survival cartridge, I would challenge them to a duel at 50 paces (my 100yd pace count is 64 paces). I get an AR chambered in .223/5.56 (basically a heavier 22 going really fast) and they would get a 22LR and their choice of semi or bolt action rifle. From the low ready, go! Most folks who are into preparedness and survival aren't planning for getting stranded in a national forest and having to "survive" their way back to civilization shooting rabbits for sustenance. According to a study conducted about preppers, most are waiting for a financial collapse. In my view, a severe financial collapse entails much bigger varmints to contend with. Even natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina had it's varmints. That means self-defense. 5.56 vs 22Lr[/caption] At 10 yards a 40 grain 22LR out of a 20 inch barreled rifle has a velocity of about 1200 feet per second (fps) and about 135 foot pounds of energy. Keep in mind that out of a pistol things are dramatically less due to the decreased velocity associated with shorter barrels. For example, out of a revolver with a 2" barrel, the bullet will be about 850 fps and 70 foot pounds of energy and I'm being generous. The maximum practical effective range of the 22LR is (if you push it) 150yds. This is what the promoters 22LR folks have to contend with. It's factual. It's science. At the CAG we preach shot placement and consider it king. However, let's look at some other stats that bring this into perspective for the prepper. A common and affordable 9 mm cartridge is the 115 grain ball round. Typically it is travelling at about 1200 fps and has about 350 ft lbs of energy at 10 meters. This is 2.5 times the energy of a 22LR with a larger wound channel. Rifles. Consider the 5.56/223. Out of a 16 inch barreled AR (one of the most popular, most versatile, modular, most common rifles in America that literally millions of Veterans are trained to use) the 5.56mm M855 screams out of a 16 inch barrel at about 3000 fps, with a 10 yard muzzle energy of around 1275 ft lb. The maximum effective range (M855) is 500 yards and can blow through 1/8th inch steel att that distance. I really don't think I need to do any more comparisons but...... Nearly everything else on the planet is better than the 22LR. There is a reason its not legal for medium/big game in most states.
- Lightweight platform and ammo.
- Most common round in the world.
- Superb training platform.
- Doesn't destroy all the meat when harvesting game (with head shots anyway). When shooting 2 legged varmints, this is a Con.
- Not much stopping power.
- NOT a self-defense round.
- Short range.
- Unreliable. Many guns are finicky about the type of 22LR they will ingest and I have had tons of dented primers with no explosion.