Are CCI Stingers Still made?


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hometheaterman
March 24, 2010, 09:27 AM
As the title says. Are CCI Stingers still being made? Everywhere I see them online is sold out or back ordered. When I've looked in local shops none of them carry them. The only hyper velocity rounds I've found have been Remingtons and the CCI Velocitors. Are these things just in short supply right now or are they no longer made?

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HGUNHNTR
March 24, 2010, 09:31 AM
They are still made.

DRYHUMOR
March 24, 2010, 09:39 AM
They are still made, but so hard to find that I haven't shot any of the 3500 I have in quite some time. :evil:

ArmedBear
March 24, 2010, 09:46 AM
There's all sorts of .22LR being made. Finding it can be a problem.

.22LR is much easier to find than it was a year ago, but you can't be too choosy yet.

rangerruck
March 24, 2010, 10:59 AM
look also for aguila hypers, but if you are using a semi auto, I would avoid
hypers alltogether.
also, if you want a true 22lr round, that is fast(hypers use a 22stinger case)
look for Aguila interceptors. uses a true 22lr case, and fires a 40 grain round, not a 30 like for most hypers. Speed? try almost 1500 fps.
at 40 grains, that is putting out some monster energy...

Runningman
March 24, 2010, 11:27 AM
Yes Stingers are still made. Just that they don't do runs of them all the time. Considering CCI makes 4 million rounds of 22 a day. I would say more than a few people are still buying a lot of extra 22 ammo.

Nothing wrong with CCI Velocitors. Them things hit hard for a 22.

CornCod
March 24, 2010, 07:08 PM
I bought 50 about three months ago. They sound like "the crack of doom" out of a Walther P22!

Uncle Mike
March 24, 2010, 08:44 PM
Aguila interceptors.

I just repaired a Browning Buckmark that suffered a sheared off bolt stop because of this stuff!

But talk about poopin' and scootin' out of a rifle, this is the stuff...and 40 grains to boot!

hometheaterman
March 24, 2010, 10:37 PM
Why do you guys not recommend these in a semi auto .22 rifle? The reason I ask is I used a few of them in my 10/22 and liked them. A family member bought them by mistake and gave me the rest of the 50 round box. He had shot some but not all of them. I tried them out the other day and was impressed. I normally shot around 36-50 yards with my 10/22 with regular bulk pack ammo. At 100 yards it's way low and if you hold over the target a foot or so sometimes but not that often you can hit the target. I tried these things at 100 yards without even touching the scope and aiming at the bulls eye ever one hit the target. I got about a 2" group or so. Now they were a couple inches low but that's because I hadn't adjusted the scope for them or anything at 100 yards. They just impressed me so I thought of picking up a few more. However, I don't need to if they aren't a good idea to shoot in a 10/22.

351 WINCHESTER
March 24, 2010, 10:45 PM
I'll never forget when stingers first hit the market in the mid 1970's. They killed game far better than any .22 I had ever shot. They were so fast that they would completely penetrate a hand tossed quarter if hit square and knock a hand tossed golf ball like Tiger Woods was having a bad day. Since their introduction they have gone thru numerous changes, but their performance remains stellar.

UpTheIrons
March 24, 2010, 10:48 PM
Why do you guys not recommend these in a semi auto .22 rifle?

Check your owner's manual for sure (Ruger has them for download on their website if you've lost it). Most semi rifle makers discourage the use of hyper velocity rounds (but not high-velocity) because they beat up the buffers and other internals too much.

Kind of like +P ammo in a handgun not rated for it, a few probably won't hurt, but a steady diet is an eventual recipe for disaster.

hometheaterman
March 24, 2010, 10:52 PM
From what I saw last time I checked the manual just said not to use them in the target models. Since mine isn't a target model and is just the regular 10/22 I assumed it was fine.

rangerruck
March 25, 2010, 12:07 AM
You would be better off getting aguila interceptors; they are a true 22lr case.
the stinger cases are .1 inches longer than a regular 22lr case, and they also use a 30 or 29 grain bullet- this so they can stuff more powder in the stinger case. So you will have a faster, stronger recoil impulse imparted on the bolt assy., which in a ruger, is stopped by a metal bar, from going further backwards.
Does that sound like something you want to do to your rifle?

EdLaver
March 25, 2010, 03:29 PM
Since the Stingers have become so hard to find, I have found myself becoming more attached to the Velocitors :)

RevolvingGarbage
March 25, 2010, 04:14 PM
my Mossberg Plinksters manual said the gun is designed for high velocity ammo specifically, and I have noticed the best accuracy (and what I would certainly call "positive" casing ejection) with the Stingers. It uses a plastic buffer to keep the recoil energy from shearing the pins or cracking the receiver, which is apparently different from the way the Ruger 10/22 works.

Visionz45
March 25, 2010, 11:02 PM
There still available up here in Maine. After I find where the coyote went my trap and drag he become quite familiar with them.

Deltaboy
March 25, 2010, 11:06 PM
Hard to find at times but still being made.

UpTheIrons
March 27, 2010, 07:04 PM
my Mossberg Plinksters manual said the gun is designed for high velocity ammo specifically, and I have noticed the best accuracy (and what I would certainly call "positive" casing ejection) with the Stingers.

My Marlin Model 60 is also geared toward high velocity ammo. The manual says (in red ink on p.4): "Your rifle is...designed for .22 Long Rifle High Velocity cartridges only (not Hyper-Velocity)." It also has a plastic buffer.

I was surprised that Winchester Xpert outshot the CCI Mini-Mags on the last outing. I'll try a repeat next week and see if it happens again.

WardenWolf
March 27, 2010, 09:19 PM
I feed my .22LR semi's Mini Mags. I've found all my guns shoot and feed better with them, from my father's 1972 Ruger Mark I to my 10/22 to my Ruger Mark IIII.

DBR
March 27, 2010, 10:44 PM
The Stingers have never been very accurate in the rifles I have tested them in (Win M52, Rem T513, Contender Match and more). The case is longer than 22lr and can extend into the lead of a match chamber. This raises pressure considerably.

Personally, I like the CCI Velocitors (40gr, 1400fps Gold Dot HP bullet) in a 22lr rifle for any serious use. They are very accurate and use a standard case length. The CCI minimags are also excellent. For plinking ammo I have had good results in several rifles with CCI Blazer 40gr solids.

Stingers are one of the best rounds for 22lr pistols as far as terminal results are concerned. The Velocitors really are optimized for rifles and don't perform as well as standard rounds in short handgun barrels.

BUFF
March 27, 2010, 10:56 PM
I've often wondered what rifle the stingers were optimized for? Same as DBR I haven't found one that shoots them accurate enough. I like them in my pistols..Heritage revolver and Ruger mk..

WYcoyote
March 29, 2010, 12:14 AM
I don't know what is or what is not recommended, but in the late 70s thru the mid 80s I ran 15 to 20K rounds of CCI Stingers in a Ruger 10-22. It was sure death for a mountain of jackrabbits and p-dogs. It did seem to wear out and I replaced it, but I feel it did its job.

Eagleye123
March 29, 2010, 02:16 AM
I used to use CCI Stingers many years ago to take down coyotes and bobcats in South Texas on my ranch.
The ammo was pretty good.
I found a better ammo. It is made by CCI and in my opinion, it is far better than the Stingers if you want to use a Hyper Velocity round.
CCI makes a .22 Long Rifle ammunition called QUICK-SHOK. This ammo in my opinion is the best .22LR ammo for medium size varmits. I have shot coyotes and bobcats and I also took a large boar Javalina with this ammo. The QUICK-SHOK bullet separates into three equal parts on impact. Three large projectiles or bullet fragments produce a lot of damage to the vitals of an animal or if you had to use this ammo for self defense. My shots to these animals just dropped them on their tracks with a good chest or shoulder shot. Most animals would jump up or leap forward and run for a short distance before dropping with a body shot with standard .22 long rifle or high velocity. The QUICK-SHOK ammo delivers a terrible shock wave in the body cavity of an animal.
Try this ammo and see if you can see the difference from the CCI Stinger to this ammo.

Good luck,
Daniel

DBR
March 29, 2010, 10:42 AM
I use Quik-Shok for up to rabbit sized animals. They are very effective. However, they only penetrate about 7" in muscle. They also are loaded in Stinger cases so they have the same chamber issues as Stingers.

The CCI Velocitors are loaded in standard length cases. Out of a rifle they reliably expand to about 38 caliber and penetrate 14"-16". I think these are more suitable for larger animals.

millertyme
March 29, 2010, 05:46 PM
The Velocitors are ballistically superior to the Stingers, especially in the more common 18" and 20" barrels. Stingers use a proprietary powder that burns slower and gets them most velocity out of barrels longer than 22". Although my 10/22 (with a 22" medium contour barrel) can chew dimes out of targets all day at 50 yards with Stingers, I havent' been able to obtain that kind of accuracy with them past that, but I have with the Velocitors. The 25% increase in mass far outweighs the 300 fps difference in velocity. I'd buy them instead.

trigga
March 29, 2010, 11:24 PM
i was beginning to think they were gone too, very hard to find.

ambergerftriley
April 3, 2010, 04:54 PM
ive found them plenty plentiful here in new mexico, even at walmart. i use the mini mags though.

Runningman
April 3, 2010, 07:01 PM
The Velocitors are ballistically superior to the Stingers, especially in the more common 18" and 20" barrels. Stingers use a proprietary powder that burns slower and gets them most velocity out of barrels longer than 22". Although my 10/22 (with a 22" medium contour barrel) can chew dimes out of targets all day at 50 yards with Stingers, I havent' been able to obtain that kind of accuracy with them past that, but I have with the Velocitors. The 25% increase in mass far outweighs the 300 fps difference in velocity. I'd buy them instead.
I agree with you, haven't bought any stingers since CCI came out with the 40 grain Velocitors. Them things hit with some authority for a 22. The 40 grain Aguila Interceptor are also impressive.

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