There are few things more infuriating than finding the feathered remains of one of your Rhode Island Red hens. Action must be taken, and that action generally involves delivering a lethal dose of lead poisoning to whatever predator is eating your profits.
While not particularly sexy, the venerable .22lr is the go-to caliber of choice for vermin of every farmer, rancher, and rural dweller I know. Yes, there are a few hot n’ spicy rimfire rounds out there now like the .17 Mach 2 and .17 HMR, the .22lr is cheap, easy to find, and you can buy a simple rifle for about $100 from Walmart. The thieving, murderous raccoon that is killing my hens doesn’t know the difference.
CCI, a subsidiary of conglomerate Federal Premium, is a household name in the world of rimfires, most notably as sponsors of “Swamp People” and their notorious gator hunts. Personally, I’d prefer something more potent than a rimfire but it seems to work just fine. And if it works fine on a gator, it ought to work on a possum!
The specifics of the CCI 40 grain CPSHP is fairly impressive. The segmented hollow point is designed to break apart into three separate parts upon impact with each part creating an individual wound channel, quickly incapacitating the target.
The 40 grain bullet exits the muzzle at 1,050fps with 98 ft. lbs of energy. CCI uses a standard zero of 75 yards on this ammunition and you can expect about 4” of drop out at 100 yards. But, you are just as likely with a .22 to be shooting much closer than 75 yards so expect 1.2” of rise at 25 yards; 1.8” of rise at 50 yards.
If you need to dispatch predators from your garden and homestead, hunt rabbits and squirrels, or just like exploding water bottles then the 40 grain CCI .22lr CPSHP is for you, and you can get it here at the price you need.
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