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Any value to a dedicated 22 LR SPR clone upper for training precision shooting?

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I got a BCM SPR build in 556 & a Compass Lake .22 LR upper built like the BCM. I bought the CL 22 upper as a cheap way to practice on my SPR lower without spending a fortune on ammo, but I am questioning the merits of my decision. I mostly shoot at simulated distance targets at 25 yards designed to simulate targets at 50, 100, and 200 yds. But obviously the recoil and possibly the wind drift and drop are very different. Would I be better off selling the 22LR upper and just buying more 556 to practice with?  Thanks.

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I have met a few GMs that use .22 conversion units.  I have a couple for both my rifle and pistols, TS and JP. There are pluses and minuses. 

Having the same sight or optic is a big plus but not a critical success factor.   The .22 AR weight of my JP is exactly the same as my JP.  The TS was lighter.

 

Honestly, my .22 conversion units have helped in a bunch of other issues; weak/strong hand, movement, and shooting positions.  

 

It is not a true 1-1 training but it helped develop the fundamental skills without the cost of 30 cents a round.

 

The specifics of wind drift and drop are significantly different but the exercise of learning both for each caliber was instructive for me. But I am just a duffer.  I lack significant experience shooting at 400-600 yards.  No 22 conversion is going to help in that regard.  Only same ammo and trigger time will benefit me.

 

I would definitely invest in both for pistol and rifle given the option again, without regrets.

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I built a m&P 15-22 with the exact same parts as my comp rifle, works great. I use it for maneuvering positions and in/out of vehicles. 

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If you and your ammo will hold about 1-1.5 MOA at 100 yards it will be a good trainer.

 

Follow through is much more critical with a rimfire.

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Used my JP22 upper as a DMR trainer for PRS matches in my area and it helped A LOT. Just getting efficient at getting into positions with it was very helpful. The 22 LR makes you follow through. I shot mostly at 100 yards and had to constantly watch the wind, which also translated well to competition. With the cost of rimfire ammo I was able to practice a lot more. I say keep it and use it.

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On 8/19/2019 at 7:20 PM, Philo_Beddoe said:

I got a BCM SPR build in 556 & a Compass Lake .22 LR upper built like the BCM. I bought the CL 22 upper as a cheap way to practice on my SPR lower without spending a fortune on ammo, but I am questioning the merits of my decision. I mostly shoot at simulated distance targets at 25 yards designed to simulate targets at 50, 100, and 200 yds. But obviously the recoil and possibly the wind drift and drop are very different. Would I be better off selling the 22LR upper and just buying more 556 to practice with?  Thanks.

Shoot 22 precision rimfire matches with it and you will see the benefits. Some go out to 400 yards, stages are similar to PRS. Even more fun because ammo is cheap.

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