What bulk ammo do you like to stock up on and why ?
Please don't respond to tell us that the only .22 ammo worth shooting is Eley Tenex ( or fill in the blank with your favorite Match ammo). Most of us aren't competition shooters but plinkers and casual small game hunters.
We look for cheap ammo that still does the job.
There is a greater risk of ammo being damaged by packaging it all thrown together in a box, but not all Bulk ammo is the same.
The last two boxes of Winchester ammo I bought (M-22 and 555 round bulk box) I ended up giving away after shooting some of them.
The M-22 had maybe 20 % of the rounds with bullets bent way off to the side, some cases severely dented where they wouldn't chamber ( and many more with lesser dents) and a dozen loose bullets in the box.
There weren't any empty primed cases or spilled powder, so I'm not sure how the loose bullets ended up in the box. Those M-22s that would chamber were pretty accurate and all fired.
The bulk 555 round count Winchesters must have had thicker rims, as after being chambered in several of my rifles, wouldn't extract reliably.
And some wouldn't go off.
I have been buying a couple 550 round boxes of Remington Golden Bullets every few weeks and have quite a stock now.
While not the most accurate load in all my rifles ( that usually goes to CCI Mini- Mags or RWS Field Line), the Remingtons are pretty decent in all of the rifles. I have yet to see a damaged round in any of the boxes, and all I've shot in the last year ( around 4500 rounds) have all gone off.
More people badmouth Remington ammo than all others combined, but I have had zero issues. 10-15 years ago there were fail to fire issues due to uneven priming compound, but Remington got their act together and has been producing ammo as reliable as any.
Some guys say that this or that ammo is too dirty, but all .22 ammo is pretty dirty, especially when fired from a blow back semi-auto.
I like plated ammo for the simple reason that leading, or having to handle bare lead, is not an issue.
I avoid ammo like Thunderbolt and Blazer for that reason. I'd just rather not handle and shoot bare lead.
The cast bullets I load for my "Cowboy" guns are traditional cast bullets with a thin plating of copper over them, made by HSM.
I recently have been thinking I should try some Federal ammo.
I had bad experiences with it years ago fired in a Kimber 1911 .22 Conversion, but that was just one gun, that was somewhat picky.
It fired Winchester Super-X and CCI Mini-mags just fine.
It wouldn't even function with the Federals, and many wouldn't go off.
Lat week I bought a box of Federal American Eagle. A bit more costly that most bulk as you only get 400 rounds in a brick for the same $25 price.
I took it out and fired 5 different brands out of 3 of my rifles, and the Federal came in dead last in all 3.
Too bad, as I really wanted to like it, nice looking ammo packed in plastic trays so they don't touch. Maybe in other rifles they would be better, but the 3 rifles I shoot the most didn't like it.
The 100 round packs of CCI Mini-mags have always shot great, accurate and consistent in just about everything I've tried them in.
But at $7 a pack, $35 per 500, they are more expensive for general use.
I always have several hundred on hand for hunting.
A round that shoots as Mini-Mags well in some, but not all guns is the RWS High Velocity Hollow Point. It is in RWS "Field Line" along with their lead Subsonic HP round.
Some places sell them for $8 a box ( $80 a brick), but SG ammo in Oklahoma sells bricks of RWS for $24 each.
That's as cheap as most economy ammo like Fed Champion/Rem Golden/Winchester bulk.
The RWS are very consistent like CCI but much more affordable if you buy them by the brick from SG Ammo.
The Subsonic round is some of the most accurate non Match ammo I've tried, and the huge HP cavity (wax filled) puts quite the wallop on small game.
They are beautifully packaged in foil boxes with plastic dividers like quality Match ammo. The one downside to the RWS is the heavy waxy coating on each round. I usually wipe some of it off before loading them.
So what are your favorites to stock up on ?