Best .22 LR High Velocity Ammo?


January 31, 2010, 04:20 PM
I have a Magnum Research Magnumlight .22LR on order; 17" Graphite / Stainless Barrel. I am mounting a Bushnell Elite 5X15X50 AO scope, and will be using this for rabbits, tree rats & other vermin out to 100 yards.

I am looking for the best compromise of power & accuracy, assuming a 75 yard zero. Suggestions???

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January 31, 2010, 04:24 PM
I'm pretty fond of Mini-mags

January 31, 2010, 04:25 PM

January 31, 2010, 04:34 PM
yes, CCI minimags, with the RN or HP bullets. They shoot well in everything I have.

With a .22 you really have to do some experimenting tho.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
January 31, 2010, 04:37 PM
Best as in what?
Most reliable?
Cleanest to shoot?
Accurate? (every gun would shoot diferently anyway)
Most Expanding?
Least Expanding?
Most knockdown power?
Least knockdown power?
Do not jam in any semi-auto?

Since every gun, rifle, pistol, etc. shoot differently, I would buy one small box of each (smallest boxes possible), go to the range and the ones that are the tightest group for your gun, go back and buy all of them that are left.

Then you know you have a tack driver with that ammo.
Change ammo and start all over again.

I have a 10" Ruger Mark II with trigger and action work. Really accurate with Eley Pistol Bullets. They are not the fastest through the chronograph, but they are by far more accurate than anything else I tried.

Other user's mileage may vary.

January 31, 2010, 04:51 PM
100 yards is pretty far out there for a .22. Here's a post I did showing the trajectory of Mini-Mags out to 100. They really start falling the last 25 yards or so.

As far as the ammo thing, Mini-Mags seem to be the most consistently accurate of any high velocity ammo that I've used. Velocitors will shoot about as well in a couple of my guns, and are significantly flatter trajectory.

January 31, 2010, 05:12 PM
They really start falling the last 25 yards or so.

MR recommends this for the gun as well, so I am leaning towards them. I like the 65 yrd zero; looks like dead POA @ 20 yrds as well, which as you suggested is about perfect for a .22. That will be my plan, then. Thanks for the help.

January 31, 2010, 05:28 PM
i do my best with CCI STINGERS out that far. 1640 fps

January 31, 2010, 05:30 PM
Can't do the stingers in the MR; it has a BENTZ chamber & it is too tight for them. I agree otherwise; my Marlin 7000 likes them.

January 31, 2010, 05:32 PM
I second what inspector said try different stuff in YOUR rifle and see what is most accurate. For instance I have 2 10/22s and each are accurate with different ammo. One likes CCI blazers and the other likes CCI mini mags.

January 31, 2010, 05:45 PM
I like Winchester Power Point Hollow Points. Full up 40 grain bullet hits hard and penetrates, snappy velocity, a hollow point design that actually mushrooms, copper plated jacket doesn’t have all the waxy goo of plain lead bullets, ½ the price of the foo-foo high velocity stuff (Velocitors, Stingers, etc) so you can shoot twice as much for the same money, excellent accuracy in just about everything.

January 31, 2010, 05:49 PM
Believe it or not, standard velocity 40 grain LR Match will give less wind drift at long range then the lighter faster Stingers and such.

Probably better accuracy too.

What you need to do though is buy a box of every brand you can find and test them all in your rifle.
Nobody can tell you what it will shoot best.


January 31, 2010, 05:52 PM
For practice, try Blazers--basically the same as mini-mags, but cheaper.

For longer shots at game, I'd recommend Stingers.

January 31, 2010, 06:20 PM
Anyone try Armscor Hyper Velovcity 1700+fps? it's ony a 30gr bullet though???

Vern Humphrey
January 31, 2010, 07:32 PM
I used to shoot a lot of .22 metallic silhouette. My rifle is a Kimber M82 with a Burris 4X scope. I zeroed at 75 yards (or 50 feet -- a 50 foot zero is at the first intersection of trajectory and line of sight. The second intersection is at 75 yards.) With that zero, the point of impact at 100 yards was right at the top of the lower thick part of the vertical crosshair. Since the ram, the 100-yard target, is about the size of a squirrel, I got pretty deadly on late-season squirrels -- I could accurately judge the range and knew where to hold.

February 1, 2010, 03:38 AM
RC and Inspector right on the money. You can also pay as little as $20/500 or sky's the limit/500

February 1, 2010, 04:22 AM
+1 on Winchester Power Points. Besides great performance on game, the accuracy is match grade. Function has been perfect in all .22's I have tried it in.


Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
February 1, 2010, 11:41 AM
Well it's NOT the Aguila Super Maximum - Yes, they come out at 1,700 but you cannot hit anything with them.

February 1, 2010, 12:37 PM
I like CCI mini mags and Remington Viper. The CCI Stinger's are nasty, but suffer horribly in a handgun barrel. They're like the .22 Magnum, in that they use slower powder to achive their high (1,640 FPS) velocity. They're great from a rifle, though.

fireman 9731
February 1, 2010, 12:49 PM
CCI Velocitors are pretty fiesty, The same speed as a Stinger but in a 40gr hollow point bullet. I'm afraid that you might be limited with your Bentz chamber though, as I believe they have a longer case like the Stingers.

The 333 round Winchesters always seemed to be pretty hot to me, Might want to give them a try.

February 1, 2010, 12:52 PM
My CZ likes America Eagle

dagger dog
February 1, 2010, 04:19 PM
Agulia Super Extra 36 gr hollow points Eley primed, shoot very well out of my Bentz chambered 10-22 , MKII target,Western Auto Revelation copy Marlin 60.

The hollow points will do their deadly duty on any small game. 100yds! heck I cant see that far, really I try to keep my head shots on squirrel, and SETTING rabbits to a minium, I won't take a shot at anything over 50 even with the scope cranked up to 18X. Shooting from a bench with a front rest and rear bunny ear bag the 10-22 with the 18 power scope will shoot all 10 into a nickel size ragged hole a 50 yds.

Try the Agulias you will like them!

Col. Plink
February 1, 2010, 09:11 PM
Have had excellent results in my Marlin 60 with CCI MiniMags. Great out to 100yds on clay pigeons.

February 1, 2010, 10:06 PM
Among the best ammo I have ever fired for accuracy was with the following selections:

Remington blue box Target
Remington HP sub-sonics
Remington Thunderbolts (older...not new manufacture)
Winchester T22 Target
CCI Green Tag (hurts the wallet)
Eley Club (hurts the wallet)


February 1, 2010, 10:23 PM
well, high velocity .22 ammo may shoot a little flatter, but it won't be very accurate at 100 yards, it goes trans sonic before then. If you want accuracy at 100 yards from a .22 then you need sub sonic ammo, but you have to acount for the drop more, and it'll hit with a little less of a punch.

February 1, 2010, 11:28 PM
CCI Velocitors are pretty fiesty, The same speed as a Stinger but in a 40gr hollow point bullet. I'm afraid that you might be limited with your Bentz chamber though, as I believe they have a longer case like the Stingers.

Nope they aren't the same velocity as Stingers, they are about 200fps slower. If that were the case they could push the 31 grainer a whole lot faster.

February 2, 2010, 12:47 AM
I have had great success heat clay targets at 200 yds with my 10/22 using fiocchie high velocity ammo. Pretty accurate at that distance.

February 2, 2010, 05:31 AM
Although it's tough to find .22 ammo my Compass Lake Engineering doesn't like, the Wolf Match Extra seems to show best accuracy

Ed Harris
February 2, 2010, 08:49 AM
In the Bentz chamber any of the CCI ammo should be a good fit. Some lots of Mini-Mag shoot very well, but in general I've gotten better accuracy with plain lead, unplated bullets, because the bases of plated bullets tend to get dinged up when tumbled in the barrel plater unless the bullets are re-struck to true them afterwards.

CCI does double-strike their plated bullets, the cladding being applied to the pre-formed core, then the bullet is finish formed, the cartridge loaded and assembled, and the knurling is applied to the bullet on the crimping machine. Most important is not to apply too much force on the crimper as this damages the bullet. Match-grade ammo has very little crimp, but high velocity ammo which will be used in a variety of action types must be a compromise. CCI does a very good job overall.

Some lots of Blazer shoot as well as the more expensive ammo, but you need to test. Overall I have gotten best accuracy with CCI's subsonic hollow-point. This stuff shoots as well as Wolf or Eley which costs several times as much. But for the money you can't beat CCI Blazer.

February 2, 2010, 10:43 AM
Without counting, I have at least 30 different brands and versions of 22LR that I have tested to find what works best in my three rimfire rifles. I do not include any of the expensive target versions as you can find very accurate ammo under $3 a box of 50.
My 541-T Remington likes PMC Moderator, My singleshot Marlin 101 prefers Winchester T-22 and my Marlin 60 SS actually does not have a single load but a half dozen that shoot pretty accurately out of it.


Bill B.
February 2, 2010, 11:59 AM
Best .22 LR High Velocity Ammo?

I can be very happy with CCI Mini Mags any day! The only reason I don't shoot them all the time is price & them not being available sometimes. I like Winchester Experts for something cheap, accurate, and a HV HP hunting load.

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