I find it very subjective, even for me. Each of my 22s is different.
Here are some tests I performed with a 10/22 on a variety of ammo that had I had had some success with in other guns. Some bulk and some not. I had previously been using mostly Federal Champion for bulk shooting and Mini Mags for target and squirrels. Some are 5 shot groups (lighter colored pictures) and some are 10 shot groups all at 40 yards. Vertical groups are generally due to wide velocity variations, horizontal groups are generally due to imperfections in the bullet.
I might mention that I tried some Aguila high velocity ammo later and it was ALMOST as accurate as the standard velocity. It is currently $2.49 per box of 50 at Academy Sports. As a result of these tests, I used the SK in a precision rimfire match and tied for first place. And I have switched from Mini Mags to Aguila HV for my squirrel load, and for rimfire steel matches.
I just plink with a Walther PPK/S in .22 and it likes CCI Mini Mags and Remington GB’s. I currently have two 1,400 round buckets of GB’s, and still working on a large multipack of Mini Mags. I use either of these in my Henry Mares Leg even though it shoots just about anything. I just keep things simple. At the cost of these two brands it makes little sense to me to use something else. Things may change about the price or availability change.
Im a little late to the thread. I used to love the Remington golden bullets for bulk. Bu the last few boxes. I had more duds and under powered rounds than i would with thunderbolts. I changed to the Winchester 555. So far i have been doing well with those.
After living through the great 22 shortage where there were no 22 ammo to be had and then there was the limit of 2 -50 round boxes of whatever they had at double the cost.
I'm happier than a clam at high tide to find any bulk ammo , at any sale price and I don't much care who made it . I'll take whatever I can get and make it work .
I still buy up 22LR when there is a good sale even though I will never live long enough to shoot all the ammo i have hoarded up. When I go I'm not leaving any money...there will be nothing but boxes of 22 LR's for the heirs to fight over !
Remington Golden Bullets are cheap, and i'll tell ya' they feed good in everything i own including a Beretta Bobcat which has a rep for being picky.. I think Rem GB has an unfairly bad reputation... bob
CCI Mini mags shoot good in my 10 22, & that's all I buy. If I were burning through several hundred rounds a month, I would prob be lookin at other choices, but the mini mags are what I zeroed with, & I don't shoot a lot. They are worth the money.
How is "bulk" defined? Loose-packed rounds in boxes of hundreds or case quantities of rounds packaged in little plastic keepers? I define it as the former and my 22s prefer Federal blue box for Cu-washed and Win M22 for lead.
My go to ammo for awhile now is Golden Bullets for the range. Took the advice from a member here and stocked up on them last year. They work in all my rimfires and are good for me. I also have made a effort to try Blazers, Federal, Aquila and CCI Mini-Mags. My stock and backup stock has been a Gods Send and with the current climate I am glad I have a reserve. Bulk=? Depends on your needs and access these days. I have batch's of many brands and happy to take them to the range. Now that some of my rimfires are broken in they even shoot standard velocity. So testing and fun continues while training. The only one I have trouble with is some Winchester and I have plenty of that too. There are many rimfire ammo snobs out there and I now am looking to shoot for accuracy when the current ammo issues get resolved. Some rimfire shooters really know their ammo and you can learn from them if you have a thick skin. Sorry for the rant again here and good luck finding anything. Local shelves are void of any bulk with no "Target grade" ammo at any price.
These all work for me with my Ruger's.
CCI 22LR AR Tactical CPRN 40gr. fps 1200
CCI MINI MAG 22LR CPRN 40gr. fps 1235
CCI MINI MAG 22LR CPHP 36gr. fps 1260
Blazer 22LR 38gr. 1235fps. LRN
Blazer 22LR 40gr LRN 1255fps
Remington Golden Bullet 22LR 40gr. 1255fps. Plated RN
Aquila Super Extra 40gr. 1255fps. CPRN
Federal 22LR 38gr 1260fps CPHP
Federal 22LR 36gr 1260fps CPHP
Armscor 22LR 36gr 1260fps. HV CPHP
Do you ever think about an agency keeping track of how much ammo we’re buying? In my state you have to provide your FOID card for ammo purchases. I always think about someone keeping track of the amount of ammo I’m buying when I pay. I think, I should pay with cash (instead of debit or credit...
I didn't do a search too far back, but figured I'd start the discussion.
What are everyone's views on the use of remanufactured ammo? Now, for the record, I'm not talking about the guy at the absolute back corner table at the gun show (you know the one, next to the janitor's exit where he...
Went to the range today and tried several 22lr brands in my new LCP 2; got mixed results. Every ammo I tried except Federal [not sure what type] stovepiped at least once. nose shape and velocity figure here.I will try CCI minimags next, always had good service from minimags in other...
It seems to have sort of taken over where Evan Marshall's "Stopping Power" books left off. Their testing seems to offer good guidelines for ammunition selection, and show that some of the old standard ammo offerings may do as well as newer loads.:cool: