Most powerful .22 round?


April 11, 2005, 07:59 PM
What the itle says. Hornet? LR?

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April 11, 2005, 08:06 PM
Neither of those is the most powerful .22 round. You have the .223 and the 22-250 in that category also and I am not sure what all else there is but I know there are many more powerful than the .22 Hornet or LR.

April 11, 2005, 08:13 PM
I meant not counting the .223 and .22-250, sorry.

April 11, 2005, 08:23 PM
Other than wildcats, I reckon it's the .220 Swift.

April 11, 2005, 08:30 PM
If you mean rimfire I'd have to say .22 mag... Clint

Vern Humphrey
April 12, 2005, 10:54 AM
There are literally dozens of .22 Centerfire cartridges. A quick look through the Hodgdon manual finds (in order of increasing power):

.22 Hornet
.218 Bee
.222 Remington
.223 Remington
.222 Remington Magnum
.22 PPC
.22 BR Remington
.224 Weatherby Magnum
.219 Wasp
.225 Winchester
.22-250 Remington
.220 Swift
.220 Jaybird
.22 Chetah Mark II

This of course doesn't include many older cartridges (like the .22 Imp), or obscure wildcats -- nor does it include the new .22s developed on ultra-short-and-fat cases.

The .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire is the most powerful .22 rimfire, no doubt about it.
April 12, 2005, 03:34 PM
Vern pretty much summed it up, however I felt there was one thing I could add. I am a huge fan of the .22LR and I stumbled into what I consider to be one of the finest loads for it ever. It's called the Sniper Subsonic and it's made by Aguila. The bullet is nearly twice the weight of a standard .22LR and the brass is quite short. What this round does and does well is retain energy. When I hit my spinner target with one of these. It jumps like it was hit with a .22 Mag! It's quieter and cheaper than the .22 Mag plus it works in all .22LR actions. It shoots through my Buckmark like the two were designed for each other.

George Hill
April 12, 2005, 04:32 PM
"Sniper Subsonic and it's made by Aguila."

That's a great load.

Tony Williams
April 13, 2005, 02:23 AM
Can someone please measure for me the exact length of the .22 subsonic case?


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Dread Pirate 257 Roberts
April 14, 2005, 12:53 PM
I thought they actually used the 22 Short case.

April 14, 2005, 02:16 PM
They do use the .22 short case. Icompared a spent cartridge with a box of .22 short one day; identical lengths.

50 Freak
April 14, 2005, 02:26 PM
Stop giving this guy a hard time. I think he meant

"most powerful 22 LR ammo" .....I'd be interested in knowing this also.

Only problem with the Agular SSS ammo is it requires a different twist barrel than what you have in say your standard Ruger 10/22.

Use it in a 22 conversion kit in your AR-15 and it's pretty cool :evil:

Sharps Shooter
April 14, 2005, 02:28 PM
I just went out back and fired a Dynamit Nobel Subsonic .22 into the wood pile. The case measures .602 inches. The case appears to be the same length as a Federal .22 Long Rifle High Velocity case. ;)

A Super X .22 Short case I have sitting here on my table only measures .400 inches.

Sharps Shooter
April 14, 2005, 02:46 PM
Oh, sorry guys. I thought you were talking about the case length of any old .22 Subsonic. The Sniper Subsonic by Aguila case could very well be the same as a .22 Short. I've never seen them, but I hope to find some this weekend and give them a try. :o

April 14, 2005, 10:03 PM

Yeah, would you please be a bit more specific? The question, as asked, is too broad to give a single accurate answer.


Joe D
April 15, 2005, 06:40 PM
King of the .22? 22-243 Middlestead. Over 5,000 fps. One can drive a 69 gr bullet at 3,600 fps.

April 15, 2005, 07:38 PM
in .22 LR it's hard to beat a Stinger, those things are explosive in clay.

April 15, 2005, 08:23 PM
I meant not just LR.

April 15, 2005, 10:47 PM
I'v got some .22LR Stingers that I use for live targets (ground hogs). They do pack a good bit more punch than the run of the mill .22LR. How much more I could not say.

Ol` Joe
April 17, 2005, 11:25 AM
The 22 Howell might be tops, if not it`s close, a 75 gr at 3475 fps or a 90 gr at 3350 fps with pressure kept under 50K for longer barrel life. I don`t know what it would do if loaded to 60-65K like the 22-250 223 ect.
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April 17, 2005, 06:18 PM
this one could be up there. .22/454...


April 18, 2005, 01:07 AM
The 60 grain .22 is mentioned here:

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