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bore, Silhouette and Extended Long-Range
(ELR) .22 LR competitions have slow-fire
stages or time to single-load.
High-BC bullets are necessarily longer than
standard bullets and generally require a faster
twist rate. Barrel manufacturers would have
to up the .22 LR's standard 1:16-inch twist to
stabilize high-BC bullets. From a marketing
standpoint, any maker of high-BC .22 LR
ammunition would have to depend on gun
makers turning out barrels with faster twists.
One major bullet and ammunition maker I
queried said they decline to pursue a high-BC
.22 LR partly because of that dependency.
Also limiting is whether such a cartridge can
be manufactured at a competitive price point
to appeal to the expanding market of PRS and
NRL .22 LR-style shooters. The original intent of
competing with the .22 LR at extended range is
to make the challenge of shooting long range
more affordable and more available to more
people, and anything beyond 100 yards is long
range for a .22 LR. In my limited experience
shooting the NRL-style .22 LR tactical game out
to 300 yards, I see few competitors shooting
the most expensive match-grade .22 LR
ammunition. Instead, most go for match-grade
ammo a step or two below the most expensive
stuff. That is, I see competitors shooting $6 to
$12 per box of ammo, but not the $16 to $21
per box for ultra-premium offerings. But that's
a narrow, subjective observation, and other
games (and competitors) are less concerned
with a philosophy of frugality.

WORKING ON IT
Is anybody working on this concept of a
high-BC .22 LR bullet? Queries sent out to
major ammunition makers indicate that
some are not, some are just beginning to

investigate the feasibility and others may be
holding their cards close to their chests.
One smaller business can answer, " Yes. "
Cutting Edge already enjoys popularity among
centerfire King of 2 Miles competitors, and the
company is now manufacturing improvedBC, lathe-tuned copper bullets for the .22 LR.
These are not loaded cartridges, only the
bullets, which have a patent pending. Their
32-grain bullet will perform in standard 1:16inch twist barrels. There's also a 42-grainer
that requires a faster, custom twist, and an
even heavier bullet coming in the near future.
Cutting Edge anticipates having the bullets,
dies and premium primed brass available for
handloaders by Spring 2021 (yes, you can
handload .22 LR) and intends to offer loaded
cartridges later in the year.
How improved is the BC over standard
factory round-nose .22 LR bullets? On the
surface, it appears the answer is, " Not much. "
However, BC is a slippery definitive because
part of its calculation is based on velocity.
While factory .22 LR round-nose bullets have
BCs in the 0.072 to 0.149 range for bullets
of 26 to 40 grains started at typical low .22
LR velocities, the Cutting Edge bullets come
in at only about 0.111 (G1 BC), according to
the company's president, Dan Schmitko. But
unlike standard factory fare, the Cutting Edge
bullets are intended to start at higher velocity
(1,450 f.p.s. or more for the 32-grain bullet),
and then their design will apparently keep
them supersonic at extended ranges. With
this approach, these bullets avoid hitting that
transonic wall, and they reach the target faster,
with less drop over distance.
Schmitko also addressed some of those
concerns mentioned earlier. " It is not feasible
to make a high-BC bullet that will fit and feed

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