Clean .22 LR ammo?


Big Mike
August 23, 2003, 09:04 PM
It never fails that as I near the end of a Brick of .22 ammo (regardless of manufacturer), my Marlin .22 Model 47 rifle is so gummed up near the chamber, ramp and breech that I begin haveing jams, misfires, duds, FTF, etc. The first 250 rounds are great and reliable but then it wanes from there.

So, are there cleaner buring .22 long rifle bullets that don't gum up so bad?
I thought that maybe my cleaning was leaving excessive oil but in all the years I've had this rifle the story is the same. What do you think?


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Dave Markowitz
August 23, 2003, 09:20 PM
What kind of .22 ammo are you using? If the bullets are lubed with wax, they'll leave more residue in the action. I find copper plated ammo to be a bit cleaner overall.

August 23, 2003, 09:52 PM
My 10/22 seemed to run better with a dry action. Lowered failure rates from 3 outa 10 to 1 or 2 outa 10. :rolleyes:

August 24, 2003, 12:12 AM
That's the basic reason why I've abandoned semi-auto .22 rifles, save for the Browning take-down, which is just too beautiful to give up.

A bolt or a single shot stays much cleaner around the breech, and I personally don't have any need for rapid fire with my .22s.

But, in answer to your question, I've never seen any .22 ammo that was noticeably cleaner in semi-autos.

I suppose you could theoretically make the gun run a little cleaner by keeping it in battery longer with a heavier bolt and/or stronger recoil spring, but it's late and I might not be thinking clearly :D


August 24, 2003, 09:27 AM
Hi, Depends on what type ammo U R shooting ? When shooting My 10/22 I only use the Dry-lube spray on the interior of the reciever and the bolt . I shoot Wolf Match Target thru mine . No problems cycling ammo and doesn't gum up like it would using a oil/grease lubricant . I buy the spray in the auto section of Wal-Mart for $2 sumthing a can .I also heard of guys using Black and Decker Dry Lube but the local Home Depots have none ..........WVleo

Big Mike
August 24, 2003, 12:51 PM
Lately it was a Remington .22 brick, 500 rounds.

I will try dry lube! Thanks, Mike

August 24, 2003, 03:08 PM
Remington golden bullet bulk is the dirtiest ammo I've ever shot. Federal bulk is much cleaner. I shoot my 10/22 dry with Birtchwood casey moly-lube. Oil is bad bad i quit using oil a long time ago.

August 24, 2003, 04:13 PM
I've learned two things about .22's and "gunk".

1. Use oil sparingly. .22 semi's tend to clean themselves if there's no oil for the residue to stick to.

2. If you follow rule #1, you need to try Blazer ammo. They use some odd propellant that leaves a residue that is almost like talc. It just blows away as you shoot and what's left actually seems to act like a dry lube. It's also very easy to clean afterwards.

Everyone always looks askance at me when I sing the praises of Blazer .22, because it's so darned cheap. It's not target ammo or anything, but for general plinking it can't be beat!


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