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Why are CCI Stingers bad for Ruger 10/22's?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Aaryq, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Aaryq

    Aaryq Well-Known Member

    Howdy, folks.
    I've heard from a lot of people that CCI Stingers are bat for 10/22s and shouldn't be used in them. Is there any truth to this? Can someone explain why?
  2. firstg19

    firstg19 Well-Known Member

    I actually called ruger asking about cci stingers in the 10/22 target model and my mark 3 bull barrel. They said not to shoot them in either b/c they are hyper velocity and they will ware out the parts
  3. dtalley

    dtalley Well-Known Member

    :what: now you tell me. I been shooting stingers in my 10/22 for several years when hunting. But just plinking it's regular velocity cartriges.
  4. firstg19

    firstg19 Well-Known Member

    im not expert...but im sure your fine...more than likely the reason they dont recommend them is because with extended use, you are going to start to see wear
  5. Pumpkinheaver

    Pumpkinheaver Well-Known Member

    I have used stingers for pest control for years in my Ruger 10-22. I know a lot of the aftermarket barrels on the market can't be used with CCI stingers as they have match chambers and the brass casing the stingers use is longer than a regular long rifle casing.
  6. dispatch55126

    dispatch55126 Well-Known Member

    It's only a concern if you have a match or Bentz (I think that's the correct spelling) chamber. The Stinger has a longer case than the average .22LR. This is not usually a problem unless you get a target model or change barrels to one that has tighter tolerances. The tighter tolerance can cause the spent casing to not fully eject.

    If you have a standard, off the shelf 10/22, you should be fine.

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    I've been shooting stingers since they came out in the mid 70's from all my .22's. Never had a problem.
  8. Ratshooter

    Ratshooter Well-Known Member

    Use 'em all you want. What do a bunch of gun makers know anyway?
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2008
  9. 76shuvlinoff

    76shuvlinoff Well-Known Member

    hmmm I run em in my Marlins, the 39A and the 60. Also in my 1911 22 conversion. No issues so far and I just don't know why they'd ruin a 10/22 any more than any other rifle.
  10. eric.cartman

    eric.cartman Well-Known Member

    Not sure about 10/22, but I've put 1000+ CCI stingers through my Ruger MK III target pistol with bull barrel, and not a single problem so far.
  11. dispatch55126

    dispatch55126 Well-Known Member

    It's a .22. If you're that concerned, get a bolt buffer. Personally, I find that the higher velocities are less accurate from my 10/22. The preferred round out of mine are CCI SGB's. I'll still fire Aguila hyper-velocities if I just want to pull the trigger and feel some recoil.
  12. DBR

    DBR Well-Known Member

    The main issue with Stingers is the long case. With a short chamber or a match chamber the front of the case can enter the "lead" (the tapered entry to the rifling). If this happens the case can pinch the base of the bullet and resist the bullet exiting the case. This can cause a pressure spike and if the chamber has a loose mouth or excess head space it might blow out the base of the case.

    As far as wear is concerned if the gun is rated for high velocity ammo the Stingers won't overstress it.
  13. cliffy

    cliffy member


    If'n a doubt surfaces regarding the fabulous CCI Stingers, try CCI Velocitors. BOTH function flawlessly within the innards of my Ruger Mark III Competition
    6 7/8" barrel. BOTH are super-accurate in usage. Both exceed most other ammo available. Both, well you know by now, exceed all expectations for accuracy and power. STINGERS and VELOCITORS are a match made in heaven regarding Ruger Firearms. If someone told me STINGERS would wear-out my barrel, I'd laugh in his or her face, as I kept pulling the trigger. cliffy
  14. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    it is not the bbl you have to worry about, it is the added pressure for one, since it is a .o1 inch longer, the round is going to start, allready touching the lands.
    also with the added oomph, it will wear out your action parts faster; especially back bars, buffer assy.s, etc., like the nylon buffer on the back of the marlin mod 60, for instance.
  15. QuickRick

    QuickRick Well-Known Member

    I've shot thousands of stingers from several 10-22s and other 22 rifles and handguns I own with zero problems. IMHO many of the warnings against using them are just another example of manufacturers trying to "Lawyer proof" their products. Ruger also advises against doing anything to alter the miserable 7-9 trigger pulls of box stock 10-22s. If I had to live with these factory trigger pulls I wouldn't have a single 10-22 in my collection. I do think stingers result in a more robust bolt thrust. It's a good idea to use a bolt buffer in your 10-22 if shooting stingers for that reason. That said I think anyone who plans on shooting their 10-22 very much should install a bolt buffer regardless of the ammo used. A bolt buffer and trigger job are my first two alterations for each of the four 10-22s I've purchased. Money well spent and I don't have a bunch to spare. Good luck with whatever ammo you decide to use.
  16. ClayinAR

    ClayinAR Well-Known Member

    Stingers now

    About 30 years ago I tried most all brands of 22's. Stingers were the most accurate. A couple of years ago I started shooting 22's again. The Stingers I had left were still super accurate. I eventually ran out and bought some of current manufacture.
    Guess what? Accuracy gone to hell. In the same rifles.
    The cheapest (Champion) shoot better in all my guns than current Stingers.
  17. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    CCI is not in the business of making ammo that will damage the most popular .22 rifle ever made.
    Or any other modern gun, for that matter.

    If they will feed & extract in your gun, shoot them!

    BTW: The only .22 ammo currently on the market that I have reservations about using in a semi-auto is Aguila SSS with the huge 60 grain bullet. They really thump a semi-auto action.

    But, they also don't shoot worth a tinkers dam in standard .22 rifling twist either, so I don't use them anyway.


  18. theNoid

    theNoid Well-Known Member

    I guess I am just lucky as my wife's 10/22 prefers Remmy T-bolts...keeping things on the cheaper side of life. :)

  19. 351 WINCHESTER

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    I don't see how a stinger will touch the lands or wear out a buffer or any other part quicker than any other hv round. The overall length is the same and I believe the pressure is too. It's just loaded with more powder and a lighter bullet to get the higher velocity. Heck I just priced some stingers today and they were $7. for 50. Talk about a rip off. CB longs were $9. per hundred which is awful high too.

    Like I said I've been shooting stingers since they first came out. I've probably shot more stingers than 99% of the people on this forum. I have never had a missfire or any problem whatsoever. Most were shot in a nylon 66 with no ill effects whatsoever and they were accurate as all getout and they kill game better than any .22 round I have ever used.
  20. orvpark

    orvpark Well-Known Member

    Basically you may wear one out at 58000 rounds rather than 60000

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