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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:10 AM   #1
 
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Question about 22 LR ammo

Wanted to shoot my SR22 today and the only bulk ammo I found was Remington Thunderbolt. I noticed that all the bullets spin
freely in the brass cases. I still had a couple small boxes of Federal and noticed they are tight. I wondered if this is normal for the Remington? I guess I'll find out if it's a problem in a few hours when the range opens.



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Old December 13th, 2012, 06:13 AM   #2
 
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Let us know how they do in the SR22. I know the Rem Golden Bullets spin (and some even wobble) in the case and they are not really well liked on here, but some find they do just fine in certain guns. There is a thread going on here now concerning the GB's.

Remington Thunderbolts have not gotten good reviews in general.

Will be looking for your report.
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Hey, if they work and if you can get em cheap, what the heck.
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I have a Rugar 22/45. And I have had feed problems in my firearm with the Thundwebolt ammo. The Thunderbolt ammo has a ledge on it just above the case. It will not feed into the chamber of the firearm. I have found that any ammo that does not have this ledge feeds fine in my 22/45. As for the loose slug in the caes I have shot .22 ammo that is and is not loose or spins in the case. I've had no real problem with any of it in my .22/45.
The only problem I've had with ammo that was loose was the sometimes it not going off when I pull the trigger. But that does happen with Rimfire ammo. the .22lr ammo that I will only shoot in my .22/45 is ammo that has the bullet that is smooth and does not have any type of ledges like the Thunderbolt ammo does have. and I have not had any feeding problems by doing so. I shoot lead and jackets ammo in my .22/45 and some of it did have loose bullets in the case and I have had no real problems other than the one that did not go off when I pulled the trigger or not eject all the way. Other than that no problems. I hope this helps.
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Most 22 LR are heeled bullets ( not much frictional fit in the case ) held in with a crimp.
Hollow base also for expansion. Miss fire has nothing to do with the way the bullet sits in the case, probly no priming compound inside the rim.
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Bulk ammo also seems to be less concentric than individual boxes of 50, don't know if anyone else has noticed ? OBTW, my sr22 and 22/45 both have over 3500 rounds through them and they continue to eat anything i feed them, i guess i was lucky with both guns, SR22 is our test gun, taken out of box and loaded and began shooting with out the obligitory pre cleaning, SR has 3850 rnds and still has not been cleaned, we thought we would have had a failure do to fouling and 22 cal grime but the little gun keeps churning them out. My son and I do small amounts of firearm field research for a third party quality control firm. Yea I know, but someone has to do the outdoor dirty work !
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I have a new 22/45, I bought this gun to PLAY with, nothing beats shooting a .22 for fun. Anyway I bought 2-525ct Winchester copper plated 36gr hollow points. This gun LOVED THEM. Not a single hickup, and accurate....wow. I slapped a MilDot red dot on top before she was ever fired once. Let me tell ya.....you can touch holes every time. Then you get to a point where your shots are no longer being seen....yep....all through that same dime sized hole. I'm SO impressed with the gun, and the ammo combo. I just bought 2-525ct Federals to try and see if they can do the same thing. I hope they do!

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Let us know how they do in the SR22. I know the Rem Golden Bullets spin (and some even wobble) in the case and they are not really well liked on here, but some find they do just fine in certain guns. There is a thread going on here now concerning the GB's.

Remington Thunderbolts have not gotten good reviews in general.

Will be looking for your report.
I went to the range expecting the worst and hoping for the best and was pleasantly surprised. The Thunderbolts were flawless up to about the 200 round count when I believe the gun started getting dirty. All in all it ran better with the loose Thunderbolts than the copper plated Federals. This is really a fun and amazingly accurate little pistol.
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I found what may have started the problems around the 200 round mark. Just after the above post I cleaned the gun. While inspecting the bore I noticed an irregular area at the top. After running brushes and swabs through it was still there. I started thinking it was a defect in the bore and decided to run the brush through one last time and dislodged this piece of lead. Is this normal when shooting unplated rounds?
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Yeah, that's a pretty large
piece of lead....
I have never had one that size
in decades of .22lr usage.
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Finished the Remington Thunderbolts today, probably about 275 rounds. I love this gun but wow the lead buildup from the thunderbolts is a job to remove. It all seems to collect on the upper side of the bore. In the picture posted above it finally came out in that piece you see. This buildup wasn't so easy. Any suggestions on the best way to remove this or should I just stay away from unplated rounds? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Myself, i like plated rounds. Im sure there is an argument for either, i just prefer plated. With plated in my 22/45 cleanup after 500 roumds was a couple swipes and done.

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Holy Crap! That's a big piece of lead! I am crying inside because my wife just bought me 2000 rounds of Thunderbolt ammo and I don't want to use it.
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After I run lead through mine I like to finish off by running some plated rounds through it to remove some of the lead.
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I read somewhere the Remington .22lr has gotten better in quality recently. I still stray away from it but might try another brick since .22lr ammo has gotten so scarce.
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