S&W AR15-22 Ammo

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by ScottA, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I have found my AR15-22 to be a little finicky about what it will eat. I'm pleased to report that the rifle digested Winchester 555 bulk quite well today. This was the first time I've tried that ammo. CCI Mini-Mags work well. Blazers work well. Forget Remington, although the Vipers moved with only a few hiccups. Federal was probably the worst.
     
  2. metronil

    metronil New Member

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    Ive had mine abuot 3 months, gone through 2 boxes of that walmart 555 rd box, hollow point for 25$ a box, no problems at all. Not sure what brand it is, federal sounds right.
     

  3. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If it's the red 555 they sell at Walmart, then that's the Winchester.
     
  4. metronil

    metronil New Member

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    Yep thats what i meant to say, winchester...posted before first cup of coffee.
     
  5. raveneap

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    Odd how different guns like different ammo. My 15-22 loves Federal bulk pack and Winchester 333 from Walmart. My experience is to forget Remington Golden in any type semi auto, long or hand.
     
  6. Quentin

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    My Colt M4 .22LR is pretty much the same, gobbles up the bulk Federal and Winchester at Walmart but occasionally FTF with Remington Golden Bullet. And wouldn't you know over the years I've accumulated a lot of GB! :eek: Oh well, my Ruger Mark II has no problem with GB.

    What's interesting is it's real hard to chamber the first round of GB in the Colt but once it does and fires the others in the mag are more prone to chamber. I've found that in a pinch I can put a Federal as the top round in the mag and then maybe 10 GBs will chamber before one finally sticks. Doesn't make sense but it happens so I guess operating the action fast slams the round in better than me dropping the bolt hard, maybe the charging handle going forward when you manually chamber adds a little drag, too.
     
  7. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    I have been firing Blazer CCI .22 LR for day one, initially had some Remington ammo, just misfires and the extractor (spring, extractor and retainig pin) came apart due to remington crap ammo. Re-installed the extractor. Did contact S&W for a Fedex shipping label, came late. After fre-assembly and firing 600 rounds and no misfires from Blazer CCI .22LR ammo.

    I am not a salesman; but, Blazer works!
     
  8. vjf915

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    I normally get CCI standard, 40gr. Only fired a couple hundred rounds or it, but didnt have a single problem. I do however want to find a bulk pack that works. I was considering the Federals, but I think I will look for the Winchester now.
     
  9. DrumJunkie

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    Federal bulk stuff is the only bulk ammo I've got to work in all my 22's (two pistol - two rifles) without any issues.
     
  10. vjf915

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    Well at about $20 for a pack, it couldnt hurt to try right? I guess I will give both Federal and Winchester a shot.
     
  11. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    On page 9 and 10 of the manual, indicates for optimal performanace in your M&P15-22 rifle:

    CCI Standard Velocity
    CCI Mini-Mag
    CCI Stinger (Good luck on finding)
    Aguila Super Extra High Velocity
    Federal American Eagle
    Federal Gameshock
    Winchester Super-X High Velocity
    Aguila Super Extra Standard Velocity


    Does not recommend, based on ammunition that do not perform consistently or reliably:

    Remington Golden Bullet
    Remington Target 22
    Remington Thunderbolt
    Winchester Wildcat
    Any and all sub-sonic brands and types
     
  12. 38super

    38super New Member

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    Ammo

    This is what I use in my M&P15-22.

    Try the American Eagle High Velocity 40gr. lead round nose ($20.00 brick). Or the new CCI tactical 40gr. lead round nose (only presently available at Cabelas & a little pricey) this one is recommended by S&W in the M&P15-22 for competition.

    Used 36, 38, or 40gr. round nose lead ammo. Don't use hollowpoints or CCI mini-mags, they have a tendency to mash a little when feeding because of the hollow. Stick with American Eagle or CCI and you won't have problems in you M&P.
     
  13. rodent.22

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    I own the Colt M4 OPS, it eats them all a brick at a time, EXCEPT any Remington. I also have the 15/22 Pistol, it fires ANYTHING except Remington. I am surprised your Smith doesn't run flawlessly on Federal 550 bulk.
     
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