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Best .22lr ammo to buy in bulk

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by timfromohio, Mar 2, 2008.

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  1. timfromohio

    timfromohio Member

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    What is everybody's opinion on the best .22lr ammo to stock up on? Will be used primarily for 10/22. So many choices ... Just want for plinking/general purpose.

    Thanks for opinions.
     
  2. NGIB

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    I use a lot of the Federal bulk pack from Wallyworld. Price recently went up a few bucks though...
     
  3. takhtakaal

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    I go back and forth and buy Federal, Winchester, and Remington value packs, depending usually on what's cheapest. The worst case scenario is that I have one bulk pack from a bad run, and the rest are okay. Some swear by one manufacturer, others swear at them. My thought is this: buy it now for whatever it still costs, have it later to use and don't have to shell out that much extra. FWIW, ammo costs seem to be going up faster than the average COL.
     
  4. goon

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    I've shot a lot of the Federal and it has worked fine out of most guns I've shot or own.
    My dad's Rossi model 62 doesn't really like it much though.

    If you're looking to hunt much, get something that isn't a HP. Tears up too much meat.
     
  5. Dave Markowitz

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    I would first try several different kinds of ammo, see which one my rifle shoots most accurately, functions reliably with, then stock up on that. .22s can be finicky WRT to which ammo the function with (if semiautos) and may shoot certain ammo much better than others.

    I gave up on cheap, bulk pack ammo. My stash consists of CCI Mini Mags and Subsonic HPs. I keep it in GI ammo cans.
     
  6. Marlin 45 carbine

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    I haven't had any luck with PMC or Remington. Federal does OK but not the groups Winchester SuperX has but occasionally the Winchester has what seems a low-powered round.
    if you can find bulk buy on CCI MiniMag they do fine. of course this is plinking ammo. for hunting and serious target shooting I pay more to get the good stuff.
     
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    Both my revolver and rifle (10/22) like the federal 550 round bricks at walmart.
     
  8. 22-rimfire

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    The consensus seems to be the Federal bulk pack and the cheapest place to buy them is Walmart even with the recent price increase. The Federal 510's tend to shoot a bit better for most and are sold in 50 round boxes. Remington golden bullet bulk packs have been getting better in the QA/QC area, but the price on them went up a lot more than Federal at Walmart. A year from now, people will say the prices today are cheap in comparison to the price then. Buy as you have money.

    I know we aren't in a high inflation cycle currently, but the "buy now" on commodies was the general opinion back in the Jimmy Carter years when inflation was sky rocketing. Things have really been increasing in price in the last 3-months.
     
  9. MrBorland

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    The bulk Federal 550 from WalMart seems to shoot from my guns ok. In none of my .22s is it the most accurate, but none of them seem to hate it, either. I have a bunch of it, and for general plinking I'd use it, but I generally shoot Federal 714 from Dick's. Generally, a bit more than the Federal 550, but, in my guns, much more accurate.
     
  10. Shawnee

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    +1 for Winchester, especially for use in semi-autos.

    Even the $9-per-box (500) Winchester "X-pert" 36gr. lead HP cycles my Browning Buckmark just fine. It's not target-grade but it isn't target-grade priced either.


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    I've got about a dozen 22's. Trying to figure out what ammo each one likes, and then keep up with what goes with which gun would be a major hassle. So I've just settled on the Federal Bulk Pack from Wally World for everything. It's inexpensive and "good enough" for all of them.
     
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    I've gone over to the Federal bulk pack. I was shooting Winchester but had problems with it. the Federal seems to be a little more accurate then the Remington's in my rifles. CCI mini mags is my go to field ammo for hunting or killing pests.
     
  13. Ala Dan

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    I shot a lot of the Federal "Champion" .22LR thru my Browning BuckMark on
    Saturday (03-01-08); and did not have a single misfire~! :scrutiny: ;)
     
  14. doubleh

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    I have had better luck with Remington Golden Bullets. Federal is not as good. more FTF's and not as accurate in what I am shooting now, and I just gave up on Winchester. Although it's not bulk, Winchester T-22 shoots good in every thing I've tried it in.
     
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    red box single pack american eagle, though made by federal, and can only be gotten in 1 box, is very accurate. Otherwise, Federal, then winchester, usually in that order. Feddy makes a few diff bulk pacs, and so does winny.
     
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    remington, by overwhelming majority, will be the loosest, worst crimped, worst runout, dirtiest, etc., etc.,.....
     
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    Recently bought a case of Eley Sport. Stuff is standard velocity. Seems to shoot pretty well, a flier once in awhile. Parent company is in England. The Sport is made in Mexico.
     
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    Especially the Rem Thunderbolt!! I affectionaltaly call it Dirtybolt! Will never use it. My bulk needs are Fed 550 packs!
     
  19. Hiaboo

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    I honestly say 100% whatever your gun shoots the best of the cheap pickings and buy a bunch of those.. Oddly enough mine LOVES the 745 (wallyworld bulk) and shoots 1" with them, not bad at all! Otherwise w/ wolf or eley and the like it does 1/4" or so. I HATE dudbolts and Golden Bloops. Ugh. Oh, wincehster 22x whatever it is, does well for me too but?
     
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    So far, Aguila 38 or 40 gr. high velocity is it.
     
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    I'm a winchester man myself but my gun shoots Remington golden bullets best and there cheap 9.00 a for a box of 550. can you say run little squirrel run hahaha:evil:
     
  22. Odnar

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    It's been said before and I'll repeat it all the way down here. Try a few different kinds. Get a few boxes or a bulk pack of each of the cheapo brands. Arrange a free afternoon at the range and bring a notebook.

    Shoot mag after mag of every type, alternating brands now and then. Keep track of the brand and magazine of any misfires and which brands seem to shoot the best. If you have multiple magazines (and who doesn't?) be sure to shoot each brand out of all of them. Some brands misfire, some magazines don't feed well. Not only can you weed out bad ammo, you can weed out bad magazines. Yes, Ram-Line. I'm looking at you.

    Maybe you'll be able to disqualify some of the brands for other reasons. For example, I can't stand the way Aguila SSS smells when fired. Once you find a brand that shoots reliably and is accurate, stock up... Save the rest of the ammo until you get a bolt action.
     
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    My favorite is Remington Game Load. 440 per pack, seems pretty clean and don't have too many failures compared to the other stuff. No idea on accuracy, though - good enough for plinking and pistols. :)

    Mostly, it's what's cheap and works. That leaves Blazer straight out of the equation.
     
  24. Average Joe

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    I use the Federal bulk packs at walmart.
     
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    Wal Mart Federal for me too.
     
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