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.22 LR ammo question

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by danprkr, Nov 27, 2010.

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  1. danprkr

    danprkr Member

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    Who makes the best value in a good all around 22 LR?

    Opinions please. I usually buy the Remington cheapo, but have now acquired a couple of guns that hate it. I like the guns so I'm shopping for better ammo.

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  2. wally

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    I've had much better results from the Federal bulk pack at Walmart than with the Remington offering, to the point I won't buy the Remington any more.
     
  3. 22-rimfire

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    I prefer the Federal Lightning (Load #510) that are sold in 50-ct boxes at Walmart and various stores. They used to be called Champions in the blue toned boxes. But I buy Remington golden bullets and thunderbolts too. I seldom shoot bulk pack ammo except to plink.
     
  4. ScratchnDent

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    I, too, like the Federal bulk pack stuff. Next step up is the Federal Auto-Match in the 325 rnd boxes. CCI Mini-Mags are my go-to ammo, if the gun is really picky, but it costs a little more than I like to spend for plinking ammo.
     
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    For what purposes? If just plinking and casual target shooting Federal bulk is excellent. For small game hunting it leaves a lot to be desired.
     
  6. Fumbler

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    Federal bulk is good. Federal auto match is a little bit more consistent and seems a little cleaner.

    I like Winchester Dynapoints. They are a tiny bit more consistent than Federal but cost more.

    The most consistent, reliable, and decently priced out of my guns is CCI standard velocity.
     
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    +1 Federal Lightning Bricks
     
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    +1 on CCI Standard. Only $25/brick. Really good value for the money. It's as reliable and more accurate than mini-mags and at a lower price.
     
  9. Furncliff

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    I shoot a lot of rimfire. At anyone time I'll have at least 6 different kinds of .22LR on hand. If someone said you can only have one for all the guns it would probably be one of the Federal made. That includes CCI and American Eagle. Get a variety of the Federal ammo and test them out.
     
  10. rromeo

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    Unfortunately last year when 22 was still scarce, I bought 2 bulk boxes of Rem Golden Bullet when that's all Wally had in stock. In my Marlin 795, I couldn't empty a magazine without having a misfire. Out of 1,100 rounds, I still have over 1,000.
    The next time I went in they had a ton of Federal Automatch, so I stocked up on it. It's about 1/2 cent per round more, but I'm not worried too much.
     
  11. TH3180

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    I have a few that I like. In this order: CCI SV, Blazers and Federal Auto Match. I shoot Blazers the most because I can get a Brick of 500 from Fleet Farm for $16. I may have more Auto Match on hand if I could get it some where besides W/M. I hate waiting for someone to unlock the case and then have them walk with me to my car. I go to Fleet Farm and grab what I want off the shelf, pay for it and leave. The other nice thing about Fleet Farm, there is no limit. I walked out of Fleet Farm one time with 20 bricks of Blazers.
     
  12. DoubleTapDrew

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    It depends on what your guns like really. Buy 50rd boxes of several different kinds and check for yourself. 22lr are funny like that, two guns of the same make and model may prefer different ammo.
    I like CCI subsonic and CCI mini-mags. They are more expensive than the other bulk stuff but much more accurate in my 10-22 and always go bang (well, the subsonic goes "chuff"). Besides, you are still saving a lot of money over shooting centerfire.
     
  13. wally

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    That seems a bit over the top. Must vary by store or region. It is annoying to wait for someone to find the key and open the case, but at our Walmart you pay for the ammo right there and are on your way (if all you are buying is ammo or have done all your other shopping first).
     
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    CCI Mini-mag and Federal Bulk Packs are my preferred ammo. Federal Automatch next, Remington Golden Bullet bulk pack near the bottom.
     
  15. kva47

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    Sounds like I'm the only one who's had nothing but problems with Federal. Really, it has problems feeding, igniting, and ejecting in every one of my semi autos. Golden bullet is the only bulk pack my walmart carries that works consistently for my guns. Maybe you just need to experiment a little?
     
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    Federal bulk, Winchester, Remington Golden bullets, anything but Thunderbolts.
     
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    What kinds of guns are you shooting?
     
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    CCIs, in various flavors, are almost always my 'go to' shells.
     
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    .22 Ammo

    CCI Mini-Mags for a 150-yard shot.
     
  20. TraditionalCatholic

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    I have had good luck with the Winchester 333 round bulk packs from Wa-Mart. Where I live, they cost me $11.47, so the price is fairly competitive with other brands. I've had trouble with Remington .22lr as well.
     
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    Federal and Winchester for general use here, and CCI and Winchester PP for special occasions.

    Will never buy Remington ammo, EVER!
     
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    I like the Federal and Winchester bulk packs. I don't buy Remington any more because I like my ammo to go "boom" when I pull the trigger.

    If I'm doing anything more than shooting tin cans I like CCI.
     
  23. LibShooter

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    .22 autos are finicky... especially with the cheap stuff. I have one that likes Remington Golden Bullets and hates Federal bulk. Another that's just the opposite. A neighbor's pistol even thrives on Winchester Super-X! My advice is to keep trying until you find one your gun likes.

    However, I've never met a .22 that doesn't like CCI Mini-Mags. They're more expensive but they come in those cool plastic boxes.
     
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    For 'plinking' I use CCI Standard, Winchester T22 and Federal Auto Match, which I get at either Wal-Mart or the local gun shops. For everything else it's various varieties of CCI.
     
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    The summer of pre-Obama I saw the writing on the wall. I bought 10,000 round of .22 ammo. My 10-.22's & Marlin 60 always have like the American Eagle 38 grain(400 pack) and the Federal 36 grain, 525 grain. This is when I bought several 25 rd clips for the 10-.22's, a whole lot of powders, a few bricks of primers and lots of bullets for reloading. Sure 'nuff components got scarce and prices went sky high. I may have spent a couple 100 bucks but, I sure saved a bundle over the long run.
     
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