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.22 jacketed or not?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by skipjack_1st, Oct 19, 2007.

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  1. skipjack_1st

    skipjack_1st Member

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    I've been a shooter for many years but still can't decide if I should shoot my .22 with jacketed bullets. Several friends swear that by shooting the jacketed round, the lead fouling that accompanies the typical lead bullet is far less. Supposedly not just easier to clean, but better on the barrel.

    Any opinions on this one?
     
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Are we talking about 22 rimfire or more of a rifle bullet for a centerfire.
    If you are talking about 22 lr in a handgun, I prefer the bullets with a flash coating of either copper or brass
     
  3. CajunBass

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    I guess you mean 22 rimfire? If so, they actually aren't "jacketed" but do have a copper "wash" over them. Personally I prefer them to plain lead bullets. I don't know of any advantage really, other than my hands don't get as dirty.
     
  4. jefnvk

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    I prefer straight lead. Seem to be the best shooting out of all my guns.
     
  5. foghornl

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    My OLD Marlin 99 with the 'micro-groove' barrel prefers the plated/jacketed bullets over the plain lead stuff.
     
  6. RichardB

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    The straight lead 22LR ammo cruds up my revolver barrel after only 75 or 100 rounds. I now use the plated rounds for punching holes in paper.
     
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    I have found that the copper washed bullets, like CCI MiniMags, work the best as far as reliabilty while feeding, and less fouling, than regular lead bullets. The only exception to that has been the Wol Match .22's that I tried recently. They have a regular bullet, but both the bullet and case have a thin film of some sort of lubricant on them. Don't know what it is , but they work great, are very accurate, and the gun was practically as clean as it was before I started shooting.
     
  8. Steve C

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    For plinking, informal targets, or small game hunting its usually copper plated/washed high velocity bulk packed HP's. When shooting bullseye pistol league for score or to make te smallest group punching paper with a rifle its standard velocity match ammo and they are all lubricated lead bullets.

    Neither type should leave any lead fouling in the bore if its good ammo.
     
  9. FieroCDSP

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    I've had better accuracy with the copper than the LRN's anyway. The big difference is in the price.
     
  10. Ala Dan

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    In comparing Federal's bulk pack "Champion" .22LR ammo with Remington's
    "Golden Bullet; I find that there is far less leading with the Remington .22's.
    Of course, the Federal Champion ammo is 'bout 1/2 the price of the Golden
    Bullet ammo from Remington~! :scrutiny::eek:;)
     
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    +1 for the copper washed, esp for general use

    The unwashed are just so ............. unclean
     
  12. GunNut

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    The lead rounds don't bother my guns, it the super dirty cheap loads that gum up things.
     
  13. Dallas Jack

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    I mainly shoot paper targets. I use Wolf M/T which is a lubed lead bullet. Haven't noticed any leading in the bore. If I were hunting I would most likely use a copper washed HP.
    Dallas Jack
     
  14. skipjack_1st

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    Thanks for the replies. Yes, I was referring to the 'washed' 22's in rimfires. Both in rifle and revolver. Again thanks...
     
  15. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    I found the old Remington 'black lubed' target bullet was the only one that ever left anything 'gummy' in my Ruger Mk2... I shot a lot of CCI Mini-mags, Federal plated HPs and old Remington "Yellow Jackets" out of it. Rifles were never picky, Marlin autos or lever guns eat just about everything. Wasn't uncommon to shoot up bricks of 22's in an afternoon without cleaning--literally hundreds of rounds.
     
  16. mekender

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    i shot over 250 rounds of federal brown box last sunday without a hitch... though i think i need to use a lower velocity ammo as i get a lot of casings that dont fully eject... damn old ass rifle
     
  17. Mad Magyar

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    Not familiar with this one...Where is it available other than on-line?
    Thanks...:)
    P.S. In my small locale, we just have Wally World & Sportsman' Warehouse...
     
  18. Average Joe

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    I like the copper washed Federals.
     
  19. Shawnee

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    My vote is for the copper-washed variety.
     
  20. Rogelio

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    I don't know about rifles, but in my P22 Aguila Super Maximums work just great...if I try feeding it with bare lead... story changes..
     
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