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muzzle velocity indicated on .22lr ammo box for rifle or pistol?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jblane, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. jblane

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    I was wondering if there's a difference in muzzle velocity for a given round of .22lr when fired from a rifle vs. a pistol. I want to use sub-sonic ammo for practice with my pistol at a nearby desert and I'm wondering whether the Remington ammo I have (which lists its muzzle velocity as 1280fps) would fit the bill if fired from a pistol, or whether I should buy actual subsonic ammo.
     
  2. KingTiger

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    Most .22 LR rounds will stay subsonic if fired thru a barrel less than 4".
     
  3. Lee Roder

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    I've not done much of this but I chronographed both Remington Target (1150 fps) and Remington Subsonic (1050 fps) out of my Marlin 25N. I measured 1118 and 1024 fps respectively.

    Surprisingly, I remember that this same ammo shot out of my Hi Standard Model GB (4-1/2 inch barrel) gave a velocity which was only about 10% less. The Subsonics had the same consistency velocity-wise as CCI Standard
     
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  4. jblane

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    My pistol is a Ruger Mark III, with a 5.5 inch barrel. Guess this means I should get the subsonic ammo.
     
  5. Lee Roder

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    Both the Remington Subsonics and CCI Standard Velocity shot with a 20-25fps standard deviation over a string of 15 rounds and were the most consistent varieties I've found readily available.

    Winchester 333 Bulk Pack gave a distinctly bimodal velocity distribution for me. Box actually seemed a 50:50 mixture of both subsonic (900fps) and supersonic (1220fps) ammo :eek: out of my Marlin. Shoots pretty well for me though. It's as accurate as I am. So it's probably overboard to put too much stock in statistics. Just fun to collect.
     
  6. The Bushmaster

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    I will promise you that the velocity listed on the box is the best under controled condition that they can get so you will buy them. Actural velocity will vary from firearm to firearm. With that said...We will add one more to the list.

    Weapons...Colt Woodsman second generation 6" barrel...Winchester Mod 290 semi-auto with 20.5" barrel.

    Ammunition...CCI Stingers 32 grain HV/HP.

    Woodsman averaged 1340 fps.
    Winchester Mod 290 averaged 1590 fps
     
  7. lions

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    Here is my data:
    Remington Golden Bullets 525 Bulk pack. Stated velocity: 1280fps
    Federal 550 round Value pack. Stated velocity: 1260fps

    Shot from:
    Ruger MKII 5.5" bbl
    Ruger MKIII 22/45 4" bbl

    Remington:

    5.5"...........4"
    1040..........1019
    1051..........1010
    1096..........1011
    1120..........987
    1086..........1011
    1110..........1013
    1115..........1047
    1132..........1013
    1079..........1032
    1083..........1028

    Avg
    1091..........1017
    Spread
    92..............60


    Federal:
    5.5"...........4"
    1088..........1040
    1166..........1013
    1150..........1054
    1148..........1047
    1142..........1043
    1140..........1083
    1148..........1072
    1145..........1059
    1105..........1100
    1112..........1017

    Avg
    1134..........1053
    Spread
    78.............87

    Conclusion:
    With typical high velocity bulk ammo and a 5.5" bbl, you will mostly be subsonic but depending on temperature, you will be pretty close to, if not above the speed of sound occasionally.
    With a 4" bbl it is safe to assume you will be subsonic every shot.
     
  8. bhk

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    The box velocity listing is for rifles. Except for a few hyper-velocity brands (Stingers, CCI Velociters, etc.), ammo listed as high velocity will be subsonic in handguns. In other words, all .22 ammo (with a few Stinger types excepted) will be subsonic in you Ruger.

    The Remington ammo you listed is regular high velocity ammo, but will shoot below the speed of sound in your Ruger. There is no reason not to use it. That said, ammo listed as subsonic will be a little quiter than the high velocity stuff due to its smaller powder charge. Some pistols have functioning problems with subsonics and prefer the high velocity stuff. Your Ruger should work well with both.
     
  9. rcmodel

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    I'd buy the sub-sonic if you want exceptional consistency in a handgun.

    I have more then once ran into a lot of Hi-Speed ammo that was sub-sonic in a pistol, except for the occasional one that wasn't.
    You could hear the bullet "crack" the sound barrier on a couple in every magazine.

    That can't be good for accuracy.

    rc
     
  10. DoubleTapDrew

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    Standard velocity .22lr ammo is usually subsonic from a pistol. Shooting CCI mini-mags from my 16" barrel 10/22 with a can usually gives me a sonic crack while the same ammo from a pistol with the can does not. CCI subsonics tend to be more accurate in both though.
     
  11. The Bushmaster

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    rcmodel...I bring lions understanding of speed of sound in question. I have listed speed of sound at 1085 [approx] fps at sea level which is 740 [approx] mph. Am I in the ball park?
     
  12. lions

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    As I understand it, the speed of sound is almost entirely dependent upon temperature and will change slightly with humidity. (Through air of course, as that is what is applicable here.)

    At 72 degrees the speed of sound is ~1130fps. The speed of sound raises as the temperature raises and drops as the temperature drops.

    If you have a source that shows elevation comes into play I would like to see it but I don't think it effects the outcome of the calculations.

    Pressure and density have opposite effects on the speed of sound and will cancel each other out.
     
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