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Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by sharpshooter1997, Feb 20, 2012.
What ammo is the most accurate for a .22lr?
Like a lot of people are going to say, it all depends on your gun. Mine prefers winchester while my girlfriends prefers Federals. Those are also the only two bends I've tried out though. I've head that a lot of .22s like the CCI mini mags hough.
Yea I shoot the cci Mini Mags and if it's a good day of shooting I can stack them at 50 yards. The down side to them are that they cost around $9 for 100. Not expensive for ammo but it's up there in cost compared to other .22s.
RWS Match or some form of Eley Match ammo used to be the big dogs in the Smallbore Silhouette game. A good lot of CCI Green Tag is hard to beat. A lot will come down to what your particular gun prefers.
Of course if your only killing cans, you may not need anything that exotic. I find CCI products to be consistently good value and quality.
The most accurate ammo for your 22 is going to be what you deside works best at the dollar cost you are willing to spend.
If you feel that cci at 9 dollars for 100 rounds is getting up there you will never see what your rifle might be able to do.
I find there is nothing under 7 bucks a box retail ofor50 that is worth wasting time on if accuracy is wanted.
If accruate is shooting junk around the range then try some federal 711b for about 4bucks a box or less.
Yea, I dont want exotic bullets I just want to know what the highest quality bullet is that you can buy at the store. I don't want to buy off the Internet.
My Browning 22 Semi Auto does just fine on most brick ammo at $16 for 500 rounds. The high cost stuff does not seem to make that much difference, other than lighten the very small load in my wallet. There's a whole bunch of varmint no longer with us as a result of those cheap rounds. So yeah, like the others are saying, buy a few and do your own test.
BTW, I did use some of the gilding metal (lead free) 22 LR. They were quite lite, but they fed and cycled ok, but maybe were a little less accurate, and at $10 for 50 when I bought them, they were expensive and will only be used where required. But that's the cost of the lead ban in central California.
I don't know where you shop, but that is real high. Gander Mountain sells them for $7.99 and runs a sale for $6.99/100.
My Remington 597 loves the bulk Federal ammo, while the CZ 452 seems to prefer CCI standard velocity or subs. Maybe not target quality, but more than accurate enough for hunting accuracy.
The ones at gander MTN. Are 36 grain hollow point. The ones I get are from Dicks. There 40 grains and are Round nose.
There IS a Match grade .22 ammo- but unless you are using a target rifle, you may never see the difference. The key is nothing exotic- it is CONSISTENCY from shot to shot.
I shoot some Nobel R-50 and Lapua Master that the price makes me weep (about $18/50) but they WILL put 5 in one ragged hole at 50 yds. Eley Tenex is loved by some. Federal Gold is also pretty good. Have been shooting some of the Wolf Match 22 LR, and for the price, it is very good. HOWEVER- that is being shot in an 11 lb heavy barreled bolt gun with a lot of scope. If I was shooting a plinker grade semi, I would be putting racing gas in a moped. moped might run better, but it is still not going to break 300 in the quarter mile.
For off the shelf, Federal Champion Target, and most CCI ammo will get you consistency. YMMV.
Eley Benchrest Gold... If you can find it. You'd need a competition gun though. For my stock 10/22 I use Remington subsonics, they're very accurate & surprisingly lethal.
I've got about 15 different kinds that I get in stores and on the 'net...
You can find Federal Automatch at most Walmarts/gun stores...pretty decent stuff.
Blazer is made by CCI, just using a less expensive case...no other quality changes...so bulk box prices are nice.
Winchester Western is an interesting round...only problem I've seen is the very occasional low powder load...like 3 in a 525 box
Centurion & American Eagle is slightly harder to find, but good quality.
Target and Match ammo is usually the Hardest to find...but many gun stores keep at least one/two boxes on hand.
CCI Target/Standard Velocity (Omark Industries) is actually used in Biathelons...great stuff
slightly harder to find in stores is Winchester Standard Velo 40-gr.
While Remington Target Ammo is fairly easy to find, it does also tend to have the same issues as RGB's & Thunderduds...just not as often.
I've been using Remmy Target in my High Standard model B...its precise as long as you don't get a squib or low powder load.
I flatly refuse to use Remmy ammo in long guns anymore...strictly pistols, because poking stuck bullets out of a barrel with a cleaning rod ain't fun.
Eley Match...pricey, but worth it if you need to have total consistancy.
Same for Fiocchi Exacta Super-Match, Lapua's Polar Biathelon, Dynamit Noble RWS, Rottweil RWS Premium & Professional...they all work rather well.
The only thing is...you have to "Match" your barrel to your ammo, which requires a LOT of testing...and log books...and time
So if you are going to limit yourself to strictly local stores...look for "Target" and "Match" ammo,
buy as much as you can afford, and test it...and log every shot. One will do better than the others...
then you go buy tons of that and stick with it for the rest of that gun's life
Oh, here's a good writeup showing the differences and a few brands I've never used...
Well sharpshooter1997 Just buy and try cheap ammo till you find what your rifle likes best. There really is no good for all ammo. You just have to try and deside what you can justify.
Off subject but i have been using my phone to use this forum....how do you post a new thread on here using a computer.
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Eley ooze quality imo
I shoot a number of .22 cal rifles. Among them is a custom build 10/22 and simple Remington Model 580- a single shot bolt rifle. Kind of expected and surprised at the results after firing different ammo. A a result of chance, I ordered some ammo from Cheaper Than Dirt. Among the complete order, I placed an order for some "cheap" .22 Mag ammo. When the order arrived, the ammo was actually .22 LR standard velocity manufactured by BVAC. Nobody sells a brick of .22 Mag ammo for $22.19, so I didn't bother to complain to C-T-D. So I shot the ammo out of my 10/22 and it grouped almost as good at 50 yards as any primo ammo I've shot out of the rifle. To my dismay, BVAC no longer makes the ammo. I've found that my custom 10/22 "accepts" Federal Auto Match- Target Grade and "likes" Aguila SuperExtra. All of the ammo is under $9.00 per 100 rounds, matter of fact, the BVAC which shot well out of my 10/22 was $2.21/ 50 rounds. This same rifle will "tolerate Federal Premium Target (711B) and really doesn't care for CCI Green Tag ammo or anything super or hyper sonic. On the other hand the above mentioned Remington will shoot almost anything reasonably well out to 30 yards and price of the round doesn't really matter.
My habit is to buy about 100 rounds of whatever ammo, shoot, see how it groups at the distance I'll shoot the rifle, and then make the decision to buy more of the particular ammo for the particular rifle if it groups well, or try the ammo in another rifle of handgun- I've never store ammo indefinitely because I don't like the way it shoots in any particular rifle.