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Old December 11th, 2012, 05:23 AM   #16
 
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If accuracy is a requirement for your shooting, don't bother with bulk ammo.

You can get better results by sorting with a rim gauge and digital scale, actually much better results. What you will also find is that about 40% of every box of bulk from anyone is pretty much useless for anything but making noise.

If you want to head shoot squirrels out to 50-75yds, determine which brand and type of ammo shoots best in your rifle, and buy lots of it. Even a well tricked 10/22 will not turn lousy ammo into good ammo. My plain vanilla shooter wears a Green Mountain barrel in a Hogue stock, and with a Nikon 2X-7X scope. The trigger is cleaned up with a lighter spring. Nothing special. It shoots Remington Thunderbolt, un-sorted into 4"-5" at 50yds. Same stuff sorted and weighed does 1.0"/10 shots. Federal HS Match, 0.35"/10. Most of the ammo sold by the brick does 0.75"/10 +/-, Federal, Winchester, CCI, Remington. My 77/22 VBZ has different preferences, but shoots all of the non-bulk into minute-of-tree rat out to 75yds. Neither rifle shoots particularly great with hyper velocity stuff. Yours might be totally different.

Bulk ammo is fine for clay birds in a gravel pit at 35yds. Even works fairly well on groundhogs out to 50yds if your rifle likes that particular brand. But if you want to shoot squirrels for the pan, or prairie dogs at 125-150yds, get the good stuff.

Oh, both rifles shoot the $14/bx Federal Gold metal stuff into a single hole. But that seems pricey to shoot bunnies and such.



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Old December 11th, 2012, 07:17 AM   #17
 
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I usually shoot Mini-Mag solids or CCI AR Tacticals in my 10/22’s and have never had a problem. Additionally, Federal 810 which is manufactured by CCI, has been good ammo for me also.
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I just picked up a bunch of Federal Blue Box at Gander Mountain that was on sale for $19.99 per box. Great deal and is shooting fine out of my BX 25's. I think it is still on sale there till Saturday.
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Velocitors are what I shoot the most of when hunting, squirrels, ground hogs,, what ever. For plinking federal bulk box.
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My 1022 is a carbine model bone stock with a bushnell 4 x 32 rimfire scope it will shoot the winchester 525 bulk ammo I buy at walmart into a 1/2" group at 50 yards all day everyday. The same rifle can't keep cci mini mags in a 4" group at 25 yards. The federal bulk from walmart wont stay inside 6" at 25 yards. The stingers are all over the place. All groups stated above are 10 shots the winchesters have shot 250 rounds into one group on several occasions. I have'nt been able to try the velocitors or any of the subsonics. I have one question about the subsonics and match stuff do they cycle in semiauto rifles and pistols?

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Subsonics (standard velocity) will cycle most Rugers if the guns are in good working order. I have shot several in 10/22s and MK pistols but you may find a few that won't.
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The KIDD bolt kit claims to be able to cycle subsonic ammo, but I have yet to test that particular spring.
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My 1022 is a carbine model bone stock with a bushnell 4 x 32 rimfire scope it will shoot the winchester 525 bulk ammo I buy at walmart into a 1/2" group at 50 yards all day everyday. The same rifle can't keep cci mini mags in a 4" group at 25 yards. The federal bulk from walmart wont stay inside 6" at 25 yards. The stingers are all over the place. All groups stated above are 10 shots the winchesters have shot 250 rounds into one group on several occasions. I have'nt been able to try the velocitors or any of the subsonics. I have one question about the subsonics and match stuff do they cycle in semiauto rifles and pistols?
My first post, so be patient with me.. Actually, mine shoots mini-mag perfectly, into 1/2" groups at 50 yard fairly easily with a 3x9 scope. (like to varmit with it) It seems pretty extreme to have a 1/2 group at 50, and be all over the place like that, with what is in my opinion, better ammo at 25 yards. Might sound funny, but I would take a look at my scope. Maybe try open sights for several rounds to verify that the rifle is the issue.

I did have a Tasco once that was a gift, tried it out for the heck of it, and found that it would shoot longs fine, but the stronger the round, ie: stingers, it would knock the scope all over the place. I spent an afternoon trying to sight it in before settling on the fact that the scope internals were pretty poor. Might not be your problem, but I would pull that scope and shoot iron sights to isolate the problem.
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The scope is not the issue this rifle just prefers these shells I guess. as far as shooting iron sights my eyes are so bad I have troubl seeing the front sight.
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I'm getting good groups with CCI standard and the Fed Auto match. Good in my 10/22 and Mk II. I'll buy both but the auto match is a little cheaper.
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My 1022 is a carbine model bone stock with a bushnell 4 x 32 rimfire scope it will shoot the winchester 525 bulk ammo I buy at walmart into a 1/2" group at 50 yards all day everyday. The same rifle can't keep cci mini mags in a 4" group at 25 yards. The federal bulk from walmart wont stay inside 6" at 25 yards.
That's pretty common with most rimfires There is no "best" ammo.

I have a total of eight .22LR rifles and handguns, and swap barrels for a couple of those. Each barrel has distinct preferences. A couple options shoot well in all of them, Federal HS Match at $4 box comes to mind, Remington Target is quite good, and the mega-dollar Ely and Wolf can look good in a target barrel, but not so impressive in a simple bargain shooter.

It depends.
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I use Federal Auto Match. Both my 10/22 and S&W 22a perform very well with it.
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I would suggest staying away from Remington Golden bullet. I ran fine in my 10/22, but I noticed out of the 2 boxes I used (225 rounds per box), I had quite a few rounds that had weak charges. It's also a very dirty ammo, even for bulk.
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