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copper washed 22lr rounds

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by koolman, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. koolman

    koolman New Member

    Good day! And happy new year as well!
    Would some kind person know which brands of 22 bullets are copper washed?
    I really don't want to assume that I know.
    Thank you
  2. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Any that are copper colored like CCI Mini-Mags or Federal bulk.
  3. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Winchester does.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I don't know what brands of ammo you have in Australia??

    But if you look at them, the wax or grease coated ones are dark grey lead color.
    And the copper washed ones are copper color.

  5. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    And if they're in a box, they'll probably have a picture of a pile of them on the outside to look at.
  6. danez71

    danez71 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to THR koolman.

    What the others have said is true.

    However, if you're asking which brands are considered copper washed vs copper plated.... they're all copper washed.

    As someone said, I don't know whats available there but here in the US, I think all of the brands offer lead rounds and capper washed rounds.

    Note: The boxes here will most like say "copper plated" but in the technical sense, they're all copper washed.
  7. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Not a complete list by any means, and not in any particular order.
    • Federal 810 loading. (It may be hard to find--I think it was discontinued. This used to be my favorite .22LR ammo but I can't usually find it anymore.)
    • Winchester 22LR333HP (This is the bulk-packed ammo that comes in a 333 round count container. I've had bad luck with this loading in semi-autos)
    • American Eagle AE22
    • Federal Value Pack (This is the bulk-packed ammo that comes in the 550 round count container. I shoot a lot of this and it seems to work well in most any gun I've tried.)
    • Remington makes a "Golden Bullet" .22LR loading. (I don't care for it much--I've had about the same level of trouble with it as with the Winchester bulk-packed stuff.)
    • CCI Stinger
  8. koolman

    koolman New Member

    JohnKSa, thank you so much, exactly what I was looking for!! You sir, are a scholar and a gentleman.
    In Oz, we get most of what is on offer for you. We can get all of the high end bench rest stuff, as well as some rubbish.
    For hunting, I like the Winchester offerings. Powerpoints and Subs are my go to rounds.
    For plinking and practice, I find CCI Standards to be exceptional. I also like RWS and Geco.
  9. Krogen

    Krogen Well-Known Member

    "Which brands of 22 bullets would be considered copper washed?"

    In my experience, high velocity 22 is usually copper washed while standard velocity target 22 is not. I'm sure someone can point out an exception.

    S&W's K22 is notorious for sticking fired cases after a few cylinders worth. With mine, copper washed rounds tend to minimize the problem, but the gun is more accurate with unwashed target ammo. So... I have a choice. Seems I can't have my cake and eat it too.

    Why does it matter in your situation?
  10. jagdpanzer347

    jagdpanzer347 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum koolman! If it's not to much trouble, send me over a '73 XBGT Falcon!
  11. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    I use both lead and copper-washed. I have some slight recollection of expensive, actually copper-plated .22 l.r. ammo. I'll see if I can find it.. Maybe it's all copper washed.

    I do have some high-velocity, all-lead .22 l.r. ammo.
  12. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    All of my rimfire guns do very well with copper clad bullets, especially CCI MiniMags. I have also had decent results with Federal Auto Match and their Bulk Pack ammo. Some of the most accurate ammo I have found though is Wolf Match Target which is a lead bullet with some sort of coating/lubricant on it. Amazing accuracy along with reliable and consistent performance.
  13. greyling22

    greyling22 Well-Known Member

    isn't the golden bullet a brass wash?
  14. 351 WINCHESTER

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    I thought it was 14 carat for the prices they've been getting.
  15. koolman

    koolman New Member

    Krogan, copper washed 22lr rounds do a very good job of fouling your barrel. If using copper washed rounds, you need to clean your rifle as you would a center fire. This from a highly respected range officer at one of our top shooting ranges.

    jagdpanzer347, I can't get my hands on one here!!haha!! In Oz, people who love cars are called "petrol heads", or sometimes, "rev heads".
  16. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    This has been my experience as well. I used to shoot the copper washed/plated/whatever rounds exclusively in .22LR and found that cleaning the bore (although required less frequently) required the same work as cleaning one of my centerfire pistol bores.

    Some time back, I switched to using nearly all plain lead rounds and have found that bore fouling seems to be much reduced compared to the copper treated rounds.

    HOWEVER, I have also found that the copper treatment seems to improve feeding performance in semi-automatics somewhat although I don't have enough evidence at this point to make a definitive statement.

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