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decided on gun, now what ammo?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gendoikari87, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. gendoikari87

    gendoikari87 member

    So I have decided to go with a ruger 22/45 because well.... it's a well made and sturdy gun. but now I need to decided on what I will be shooting and where I can find it, preferably online.

    I want a bulk supercheap .22 that isn't utter crap. The box we got last time was about 10 bucks for 300 some odd rounds and half the bullets were inserted crooked, now I don't mind paying more for ammunition that was actually made correctly, but where can I get the cheapest bulk ammo that is ... somewhat reliable.

    also For more competition (local between friends) I was thinking remington yellow jacket, but where can I find that for a good price. or even in bulk. Oh and does it come in a non hollow point. I hate hollowpoints.

    and last question. Does any one know of any THV ammunition for .22's? Untill I can get a 9mm it'll be our only gun for defense and if I have to trust my life to a .22 it's going to be loaded with THVs
  2. jbkebert

    jbkebert Well-Known Member

    Hate to tell you but the two go hand and hand. The only .22's I buy anymore are CCI mini-mags. The thunderbolts, golden bullets, wildcats are all crap IMHO. I don't like cleaning my guns after shooting these cheap shells and I don't like trying to dig out a stuck case from my guns because these junkers expand.
  3. Shawn Dodson

    Shawn Dodson Well-Known Member

    My 22/45 shoots accurately and functions flawlessly with Remington Thunderbolt.

    My Beretta 21A Bobcat shoots accurately and functions flawlessly with Winchester Wildcat.

    I suggest you try several brands and bullet weights to find which load gives the best performance in YOUR PARTICULAR pistol.

    As for defense ammo, I suggest CCI Velocitor or Mini Mag HP.
  4. rromeo

    rromeo Well-Known Member

    Federal Automatch is cheap bulk ammo that is not complete crap.
  5. hardworker

    hardworker Well-Known Member

    I do fine with the cheap federal ammo. Every once in a while you get a dud bullet but for 19 bucks per 550 that's fine. Unless you get off on paying a lot for plinking a 22 I suggest sticking with the cheap stuff.
  6. KodiakBeer

    KodiakBeer member

    Guns, even .22's, can be picky about ammo. Experiment with boxes of 50 until you find one that your gun likes. Most .22 semi's will function best with high velocity rounds, especially when new. After they're shot a while they'll become less picky.
  7. gendoikari87

    gendoikari87 member

    I do plan to pick up a box of Yellow jackets every time I shoot, but they get expensive, so federal or thunderbolt sound good as well.
  8. gofastman

    gofastman Well-Known Member

    I like golden bullets. lots of people hate it, hope that helps :D

    Solid advice, I agree 100%

    Not on topic, but do yourself a favor and buy a BoreSnake and run it through every 50-100 rounds or so if you are gonna be shooting the cheep stuff.
  9. RidgwayCO

    RidgwayCO Well-Known Member

    I used to buy the Federal 550-rd bulk packs at Wally World for about $19 per box. It shoots extremely well in all of my .22s. Then W.W. started carrying the Federal 375-rd bulk packs for about $12 per box. Same ammo, different amounts.

    And typical W.W. bull... charging more per item in the larger box (3.45¢ per round), than for the smaller box (3.2¢ per round)... Needless to say, I buy the 375-rd boxes now.
  10. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    Oh, come on!

    It is a .22LR pistol, get a selection of ammo, and GET OUT SHOOTING, it isn't rocket surgery and it doesn't require a scholarly research phase, you stick the rounds in the mag, shove the mag in the gun, and use the brass-unloading lever to empty the mag and accelerate lead in the general direction of the target.

    Federal and CCI make a bunch of suitable loads, you don't need to order online, .22LR is about the most common ammo in the world, any gun or sporting goods store will have it, even Wal-Hell has an OK selection. Find out what YOUR gun likes, and then worry about bulk buying, for now you need to spend less time dinking around and more on the range.
  11. Rokman

    Rokman Well-Known Member

    CCI Mini-mags
  12. labhound

    labhound Well-Known Member

    My ruger mark III 22/45 has handled most all brands okay but has far less failures with CCI Mini-Mags.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010
  13. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the 550 federal bulk packs. My Ruger MKIII has eaten thousands of them!
  14. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    I've found Blazer to be just as clean or cleaner than Remington Golden bullets and they are pretty darn accurate too. I have gotten them for $2 a box (50 rounds)
  15. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    My personal experience gained over the last 3 years:

    Fed Auto Match: 0 failures in over 1300 rounds fired.

    Fed Bulk 550 pack: 0 failures in ~ 1k rounds fired.

    Eley Club: 1 dud out of a 500 round brick

    CCI minimags: 0 failures out of 200

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