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What's the "best" .22lr ammo?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HoosierQ, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    I debated about getting another .22 semi-auto rifle because of reliability issues.

    I have done my research and I have determined that I am going to be uncreative and pick the one that is easiest to take apart and clean...and one to which a GI-style apeture sight can be affixed.

    I am also strictly going to shoot good, clean ammunition through it. The high quality stuff is plenty inexpensive for me.

    So what would you all call the "best" .22lr ammo out there for reliability in the primer and cleanliness of both powder and leading?

    Best at what? Best at keeping the rifle running with a high number of rounds between field stripping down to the bolt.
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    To me, the "best" is the stuff that groups well. I've got semi-auto rifles in several brands. ..Remington, Marlin, Ruger and Colt... Not one of them is troublesome as far as getting dirty goes. I never take the bolt out to clean them. I just brush the action with a little bore cleaner and wash it out with brake cleaner every now and then....Maybe once every 1k rounds.
  3. PapaG

    PapaG Well-Known Member

    For non-match grade, just about anything from CCI in the minimag line. Minimags shoot out of my match 10-22 almost as good as do Wolf match extra and S&B clubs. If you want to tweak out the best and see what your gun will really do, buy a box each of Eley Club, Federal Match gold medal, and a Wolff Match Extra and put it on the bench. If it won't shoot one of these, it won't shoot anything.

    Don't worry about leading. It will only be a problem if you insist on shooting hi cap magazines full as fast as you can pull the trigger and get the barrel really heated up. You will, no matter what kind you shoot, have to clean grease and wax out of the breech face and extractor cuts periodically....wax/grease coated bullets are the name of the game.
  4. Tentwing

    Tentwing Well-Known Member

    Give th CCI Velocitors a try (40gr bullet 1435fps)

    Wichester sell the same thing for a little cheaper Super X hyper speeds again 1435 fps 40grainers ,but I have had trouble with them jamming in semi autos at a rate of about one jam every 50 rounds.

    You milage may vary.....
  5. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    For volume shooting, CCI isn't as cheap as Federal or Remington bulk pack, but I prefer it when I can get it. I haven't purchased the Federal 22 "Champion" line, but Federal is usually pretty clean.

    The 'best' is still Ely in that their MFG process spins the priming compound evenly around the rim. Some other mfg's now do this, notably some of the Russian "Biathalon" branded ammo. I think Aguila does this.

    Autos can be finicky about ammo. I had fits with some older 40 grain lubricated lead bullets from Remington that my mom's Browning liked and would jam up my Marlin regularly.

    It also depends on what you are shooting. If you are just blasting pop cans, a dud round in a 500 pack is no big deal.Feredarl/REmington/Winchester is just fine. That dud round suddenly ruins your shot when squirrel hunting. I'd pick CCI. In a rimfire match, like biathalon or such I'd want Ely.
  6. JMSUN

    JMSUN Well-Known Member

    I have heard people talk about reliability issues and problems with certain kinds of 22 ammo, but I personally have never really had a problem. I have shot a lot of 22 ammo through 3 different Ruger 10/22's and several different handguns. I have heard 2 or 3 different guys talk about Remington Thunderbolts being terrible, but I have probably shot more of them than anything else without a problem. I did shoot a Ruger 22/45 that had some reliability issues, but it was not mine and I do not know if it had ever been cleaned. I have shot quite a few rounds through a Mark II without a problem. I think that although some ammo is going to shoot better than others and some cleaner than others; a good quality 22 with proper care shoot shoot reliability with anything you feed it. If one of mine did not, I would be looking to have it worked on or replaced.
    I do know that there is a big diference in how different ammo shoots out of mini revolvers. I have found CCI to shoot better than Remington in one.
    I am sure some of you have more experience along these lines than I do, but that is my opinion for whatever it is worth.
  7. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    If reliability is being defined as duds, I rarely ever get them, regardless of the brand. If reliability is being defined as feeding properly, none of my rifles have ever had an issue regardless of the brand. However, I have two pistols, a MK I and a MK II. Just two weeks ago they gave me a fit with bulk Rem Thunderbolts and would jam every few shots. I thought it was a cleaning issue, took both home, stripped and cleaned. I went back and tried again. I got the same results. I tried bulk Federal ammo and zero feeding problems.
  8. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    I've been shooting 22's for 60 years, I bet I could count on one hand the number of dud rounds I've run across.
    Can't even remember the last time I ever had one.
    Couldn't begin to say how many thousands of rounds I've gone through or even how many different rifles.
    When I was a kid and on a small bore team I practiced every day, went through beux coup rounds just doing that.
    Now when I need some 22 ammo, I just look for a name brand at the best price.
  9. dewalt-2

    dewalt-2 Well-Known Member

    I shoot mostly CCI Blazers and standard velocity, Minimags sparingly. I also like the Federal Auto-Match when I can find it, and Federal bulk is pretty good most of the time. My Marlin 60 hates Winchester 333's, just won't feed them. I don't buy high end ammo, no need for my shooting.
  10. AR27

    AR27 Well-Known Member

    My 10/22 loves Remington Golden Bullet bulk packs, groups and feeds very well
  11. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    The Augila standard velocity does use the Ely priming process, and I've found it shoots very accurately in my Mossberg target rifle. The DCM sells it by the case fairly reasonably.
    I mostly use the Federal Champion bulk pack in my .22 semi-autos, both rifle and pistol. It's pretty clean burning, lubed to reduce leading, and I've never had a misfire with it yet.
  12. sappyg

    sappyg Well-Known Member

    i've shot ~700 rounds of federal #750 (550 bulk) in my 10/22 and not one single failure and clean too. Winchester 333 had 4 FTF or fire but ran about the same as far as cleanliness goes. both roughly $0.03 a round.
    CCI SV? forget about it. that stuff is clean and accurate at about $0.05 a round. CCI mini mags are just as clean but more expensive.
  13. CapnMac

    CapnMac Well-Known Member

    I own three .22lr weapons.
    Each one has its own "best" ammo.
    One runs best with PMC; another insists upon PowerShock; the third is split between the Aguila and Colibri. All are about equally dirty or clean in use. Never had an uh-oh or hiccup in the preferred diet.

    Mind you, I've run high and low dollar stuff through 22's trying to find that right one, too.
  14. ClayinAR

    ClayinAR Well-Known Member

    Many years ago I tried all brands of 22 cartridges. CCI Stingers won out over all. Bought a bunch of them. About 5 years ago I ran out. Went and bought some more. Real POS.
    Cheapest Federal 40gr (#510 I believe) out shoots it all day long.
  15. mshootnit

    mshootnit Well-Known Member

    I just bought two bricks of federal 719. I hope its good stuff. When I was a kid I really liked Winchester wildcats.
  16. BrocLuno

    BrocLuno Well-Known Member

    When you find a load that you gun likes, you need to stock up on that batch number. The stuff does change as batches are run :(
  17. WTBguns10kOK

    WTBguns10kOK Well-Known Member

    CCI blazers is probably the best value overall
  18. wrench

    wrench Well-Known Member

    My .22s have their individual personalities, but in general, the ammo I keep around the house, and shoots well in several different guns...
    CCI Blazer
    Remington Golden Bullets
    Federal 510
    Federal Automatch
  19. OpelBlitz

    OpelBlitz Well-Known Member

    So far, the best groups I've gotten was with Wolf Match. Light years ahead of the waxed stuff you find at Wal-Mart. Then again, most of CCI's offerings worked reasonably okay.

    Ultimately, it depends on what your rifle likes. This is for my M&P15-22 and Marlin 795's.
  20. wanderinwalker

    wanderinwalker Well-Known Member

    "Best" .22 ammo depends on what you want to do with it and your particular firearm. It will also change from lot-to-lot, unfortunately.

    For running semi-autos and giving decent groups, I've been partial to CCI Blazers for a while. It's not the cheapest available but it runs reliably in my 10/22. Don't worry about the lead bullet; at .22 speeds leading isn't an issue unless you get into some really nasty ammo. And those "jacketed" .22 rounds are just copper washed.

    For finding what your gun is capable of doing in accuracy, I start at CCI Standard Velocity then work up to Wolf Match Target and RWS Target Rifle. SV should shoot OK to well, the Wolf and RWS should get you to well and possibly great. I haven't tried any of the newer Federal match ammo and only a little CCI Green Tag, but both are worth trying a box or two if you can find them. (Be warned, this can get pricey. Wolf MT and RWS Target Rifle are about $60/500 depending on where you find. If the price on the box of Green Tag I have is reflected on the current production I imagine it would run about $15/100 or $75/500.)

    The Federal bulk pack, load #750 I believe, has provided me good reliability and accuracy out of my .22s for a pretty low price. It will give some rounds that fail to fire on the first hit and has some inconsistency, but I can live with those issues for $18/550 rounds. Yes, even my S&W Model 18 revolver has failed to light a couple of these on the first hit, so it's not just the semi-autos.

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