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Ruger 10/22 ammo suggestions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by kungfuhippie, Jan 25, 2007.

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  1. kungfuhippie

    kungfuhippie Member

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    I just got a ruger 10/22, kind-of, I pick it up after my ten days of hell (wednesday)

    What ammo have you had good/bad expirence with? I know (according to the ruger website) I can only shoot .22LR and not shot rounds (like cci offers). I just was wondering if they won't feed certain ammo well. I'm planning to get about 1000 rds at once to stockpile (incase of a zombie coke can invasion) Also, With handguns I know cheap magazines are often a bad thing, but do I need to avoid that with the ruger and only get ruger magazines?

    Thanks everybody...
     
  2. Nil

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    Besides the Ruger magazines (which are great), I've also had good experiences with the Hot Lips and Steel Lips type of magazines.

    As for ammo, out of all the ones I've tested so far, Wolf Match Grade has given me the best accuracy. For cheap plinking ammo, mine likes the Federal bulk packs for some strange reason. My 10/22 shoots everything I've thrown at it, but all the bulk Remington variations give me crap for accuracy. The best advice I can give you is buy a small box of every kind of ammo you can find and test them to see which one works best for your gun, since they all tend to vary.
     
  3. Euclidean

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    I've had the best luck with Federal and Remington bulk pack ammo for plinking ammo. CCI works well too, and there's not really a brand of ammo mine doesn't like. It just seems to run best with these.

    Since you're in the PRK, if it were me, I'd just get the factory Ruger mags. I do have some 25 rounders that work fairly reliably, but if they weren't available to me for whatever reason I'd use the Ruger factory mags and never look back. If I were to ever use this gun for anything where it absolutely had to function, I'd slip in a factory magazine.

    There is one point in favor of the Butler Creek 10 rounders: the Ruger magazines are somewhat awkward to change out. The protruding single stack 10 rounders give you something to grab onto.
     
  4. dixierifleman

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    yea i have good luck with my stock(internally) 10/22 with the Federal hollow point bulk pack. and theyre cheap, 1100 rounds for $19.00 including tax at walmart. not the most accurate, but they feed good and do a number on reactive targets(especially if you bore the tip out a little more)
     
  5. kungfuhippie

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    This is great help. The gun will be used for plinking and rabbit/jack rabbit hunting. It's gotten painfully expensive (relativly) to shoot 200+ rounds of 7.62x39 at the range every time I go. Shooting jack rabbits with my scoped mauser (8mm) at long range is fun but unless you get a headshot you'll ruin a lot of meat. I think it's high time I got a small caliber rifle...
     
  6. Buck-eye

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    I have done well shooting Remington bulk with mine...but that is the only ones I have tried so take that FWIW.
     
  7. JediJJJ

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    I've been buying the Federal 550 rd bulk pack at Cabelas for 8.99, works great. Really dislike the Remington "Golden Bullets". Seemed very messy, a few feeding problems, so-so accuracy. Tried some Lapua and from a 3 shot group it seemed to be about 1/2 the spread. $9/100 compared to < $2/100.

    I use the factory 10 rd mags without problems, once you get used to dropping them. Just bought a couple of new ones because my 20 yr old originals weren't getting the job done. Believe I got them from CheaperThanDirt or CDNNinvestments, can't remember which but it was much cheaper than any local store.
     
  8. trainwreck100

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    In all of my experience (I've been through a whopping 4 bulk boxes) Federals are by far the best value, and the most reliable. Two boxes of 550 Federals with no misfires, and a few misfires from both Remington and Winchester which are more expensive. Also, it seems to me Ruger magazines are the best bet. I'm sure if someone else makes a good steel lipped one it would be okay, but all I've tried is JamLine (ramline) and that is the biggest piece of crap ever sold IMO.
     
  9. dixierifleman

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    Butler Creek makes a high cap mag with steel lips. its called the Steel Lips instead of Hot Lips. the work good
     
  10. Mr White

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    Stay away from any mags with plastic lips. They are junk. Ramlines come to mind.

    I haven't found anything that my 10/22 won't eat. The Federal bulk packs shoot pretty well. American Eagle seems to be pretty accurate as well. Winchester bulk ammo does pretty good too.
     
  11. kungfuhippie

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    About time I get a gun that will shoot just about anything I throw at it:D
    Some of my others are picky...
    yes, I'll stay away from plastic lips:rolleyes: Plastic is for toy guns, not real ones:p
     
  12. TimboKhan

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    I will say it again, just to make sure it sinks in to anyone happening to read this: DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON PLASTIC-LIPPED MAGAZINES!!! There. Aside from that, my personal experience with 10/22's has been that they will feed darn near anything. I have owned something like 5 of them over the years, and am down to one made in the early 70's (that I have had since the mid 70's when I was just a little kid) and one made just a few years ago that is being turned into a custom rifle. I won't say I have never had a jam, but they have been few and far between (at least those that weren't magazine related...). I would guess that I have probably shot close to 100,000 rounds through my old 10/22, and I would venture further that I have shot most, if not all, of the .22lr ammo offerings out there. Thats just my experience, so don't take it as gospel.
     
  13. dixierifleman

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    well dang. i must have the only good one ever made. feeds and function perfectly. after about 5,000 rounds the lips are wearin down. but it still feeds 99% of the time.
     
  14. Neo-Luddite

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    For my money, CCI mini-mag or stingers. Very consistant and well made.

    Love those little fatory mags.

    Still, old RAM line plastic mags work fine for me after 20 years. No, I wouldn't bet on em' in a crisis.

    But I feed the cheepie 'milk carton' ammo when blasting it up.

    Don't like NEW remington much at all for .22--old stuff (especially VERY old match grade) was superb.
     
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    My 10/22T likes Wolf MT the best - that's what I use if I'll be sitting at a bench punching paper. For everything else it likes CCI Minimags. Federal is the best of the 'bulk boxes' for mine - Remington is the worst by far.
     
  16. boerseun

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    MR. White is correct. Stay away from plastic lipped magazines. I bought a few butler creek 25 rounders and kept one of the loaded in the truck as the "truck gun magazine and took it out at the range after having it in the truck, loaded, for one week...every second round failed to feed. I keep them all unloaded until ready to shoot now.
    The ruger magazines still work, but their springs are a bit on the weak side.

    I have a gazillion rounds of Federal...it works great. Winchester works nicely as well.
     
  17. dixierifleman

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    the springs have nothin to do with the plastic lips. i keep mine loaded all the time and dont have problems. maybe thats just mine though.
     
  18. boerseun

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    Yup, I know the springs don't have anything to do with the plastic lips.
    The butler creek mags have great springs, but the plastic lips have dents on the inside of them.

    The ruger magazines have steel lips, but their springs are starting to wear out - they are the originals that came with eh rifle - so I guess it is just old age :D
     
  19. dixierifleman

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    so the rim is sticking in the dents? hmmm i havnt have that happened with mine. maybe take a small fine file and file the dents smooth?
     
  20. boerseun

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    Dizierifleman,

    I haven't thought of that. I'll check it out tonight.
     
  21. TimboKhan

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    My friend, that may well be the case. I mean, maybe yours is the exception that makes it a rule!
     
  22. dixierifleman

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    hey i never said it was a rule. however id recommend them because o my experience. and after all, isnt that what we base our recommendations on? if not, it should be.
     
  23. kungfuhippie

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    went to the local big-box-gun-store (turner's) and picked up 100rds of Ficochi, CCI, wolf, remington, and federal to try it all out. Also got a 500 rd. brick of ficochi (cheapest there) I figured that I'll try it all out but might as well have a couple trips worth of something to shoot anyway. They had no mags and almost no ammo (except for shotguns) I think I'll be ordering from cheaper than dirt because I like to load up several magazines at once instead of one or two over and over. If I get too into it I'll post pictures of groups to compare...
     
  24. Mk VII

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    you'll need to break it in with about 1000 rnds, before deciding what, if anything, else to do with it
     
  25. Euclidean

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    FWIW I have some of the plastic lipped Butler Creek magazines. They aren't dead solid reliable, probably one misfeed in 300 rounds, but if all you really intend to do with a magazine like this is strictly non life threatening (you are in no real danger if shooting small critters or paper generally speaking), that's fine.
     
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