Skip to comments.Good bulk .22lr ammo? (vanity)
Posted on 07/18/2010 10:08:52 PM PDT by verum ago
Hey all, I got a used Remington 597 a little while back (love it!) and I'm wondering what a good brand of bulk .22lr ammo is. I ran 100 minimags and federal game shoks through it tonight, and they performed well, but it would be nice to have something cheaper for general practice.
Thanks in advance, ~v.a.
If you have a Dunhams Sorting Goods in your area sign up on line for their discounts. They’ll alert you to sales and send you coupons. I just got Remington Thunderbolts at $1.79 a box + a 20% discount. Hard to beat.
Nearly anything but Remington green. Remington makes great firearms but their 22 ammo sux.
I like my .22 (Ruger 10/22) but recently bought a .17 Mach 2 and a .17HMR. Yes, the ammo is more expensive but both are a hoot to shoot! :-)
If you are more interested in reliability, accuracy and terminal performance, any of the CCI loads will serve you well. Don't let price unduly influence your choice. You will spend more on coffee and gasoline getting to a good shooting location than the price of quality rimfire ammunition. The ultimate 22 Long Rifle ammunition is CCI "Stinger" brand. It will accomplish all tasks well and kill critters 30% deader. Yes, I designed it, 34 years ago. It was the original "Hyper-Velocity" 22 Long Rifle loading. Several imitators and wannabee clone have come and gone. Stinger retains the crown. Well over one billion rounds have been produced to date. For good reason.
“by” should have been “buy”
Couldn’t tell you how many CCI Blazers I’ve shot. I’d guess between 30-40K.
I’ve put them through my chronograph, a Ransom Rest, and some fired over good old sand bags.
Results: At 50 yards the group size was 1\8” bigger than match grade stuff.
They work great in every kind of gun I tried including an old Stevens 22\410.
I used to buy the 5000 case. Shop around, you’ll find a deal.
I agree. You made a winner.
And you’re a millionaire for designing it?
Will cheap ammo cause a gun to jam? My .22 Ruger jams if I fire it too fast. I’m using Remington rounds.
I have a 597 also and all I use for hunting is CCI Stingers.
I have ordered .380 from them, and got a great quality
product. I plan on using them again.
What he said!
$250 for 5000 rounds shipping included join or start a club
The worst .22 ammo is Remington Golden bullets.
The next worse is any other Remington ammo that isn’t match grade. the Golden bullets have lots of duds and zero consistency.
One step up from that is the Winchester 333 packs often found at Walmart. It’s ok ammo but very smokey and you get occasional duds but no where near as bad as the Golden Bullets.
The top two “value” bulk packs that I’m familiar with are the Federal and Blazer packs. Both are good, reliable ammo. You may get one dud per Federal 525 pack.
I’ve shot 3 boxes of Blazer 525 in the past 12 months and had ZERO failures. The ammo is clean and consistent.
The best non match grade ammo is the CCI stinger ammo but you pay for it. The 500 packs run around $70 or so.
CCI Mini mags are also good and a little less expensive than the stingers. I’ve only ever seen those in 100 packs.
Well,well the designer of my favorite 22lr ammo, cool. I love it and my 597 demands it.
Last year I was on a jury that put a couple of bad guys away. They had loads of weapons and ammo and knew their stuff. Their silenced 22 pistol had CCI ammo in the magazines.
for VVV: Do you have more information on the .17?
It shoots fine but is some kind of dirty.
"Will cheap ammo cause a gun to jam?" Probably not.
"My .22 Ruger jams if I fire it too fast." Rate of fire is not a factor in functioning. I have never seen a Ruger 10-22 jam with any kind of 22 Long Rifle ammunition when using the original Ruger magazines with steel feed lips. After-market, extended capacity, magazines with plastic lips (regardless of color) are prone to wear and damage, which can produce problems.
"Im using Remington rounds." I doubt that your described problem is related to the ammunition.
Glad to see your on FR.
I was just told by a friend that it’s $18 here. So what kind of ammo is in those federal 550 packs anyway?
“Remington rounds” covers a lot of territory. I’ve found Thunderbolts to be very dirty, but Golden Bullets cleaner and very accurate for bulk ammo. That said, it’s a .22...ya gotta clean ‘em once in awhile.
I tested every bulk .22 ammo I could lay my hands on before putting away my stores...well before the 2006 election, by the way. Golden Bullets grouped the best(in a Marlin and a 10-22) and gave same reliability you cite for Federal.
Purchase a box today. It's complete garbage. It's not just me. I am an active shooter in NJ (www.njgunforums.com) and _EVERYONE_ I shoot with has exactly the same experience with Remington Golden bullets. They won't cycle SW MP15 or GSG-5, Walther P22 or Sig Mosquitos reliably.
I have a Marlin 60, Remington Model 5(both of those are bolts) and a Ruger Mark II. I don't have cycling or feed problems with golden bullets...just duds. I tried dud after dud in all three firearms. The Remington is new, the Marlin from the late 50s, my MKII is from the early 90s. All smash the hell out of the rim of the cartridge.
I get occasional duds on Federals, but no where near what I get on the Rem GBs. Much fewer duds on the other remington rounds but almost no consistency down range and my Remington model 5 is a tack driver with decent ammo.
I used to use Remington .22 ammo back in the 80s and I don't recall the quality issues but today it's just crap in my opinion. Obviously you have better luck with it, good luck with that.
Someone on FR had issues with the brass being weak in the post-election Remington .22. I got all of my stash when it was on sale for less than $8 a brick. Need to dig out the oldest box and check for reliability. A friend bought a couple of bricks recently and it's reliably available, now, so maybe I'll do a head-to-head comparison.
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