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Old April 11, 2013, 09:51 AM   #1
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.22 Super Colibri gelatin test

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.22 Super Colibri powderless ammo fired from Ruger 10/22 and Walther P-22 into gelatin.

BB calibration: 595.3 fps, 3.7"

10/22

Velocity: 409.9 fps
Penetration: 5.0"

P-22

Velocity: 468.4 fps
Penetration: 6.1"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjUrCywB99o
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Old April 11, 2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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Looks like it slows down quite a bit in longer barrels.

It might be handy for use in my Dad's old Smith 22 revolver, but its $80 for a box of 500.
The ordinary shorts/CB's look pretty good by comparison.
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Old April 11, 2013, 10:07 AM   #3
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Interesting how much more the rifle barrel slows down the bullet.

Not surprised on the overall performance. Super Colibris will only make it through around 200 pages of a phonebook. (a .22 short will pass through 500 pages and make it about .5" into a pressure treated 2x4)
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Old April 11, 2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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Quote:
Looks like it slows down quite a bit in longer barrels.
Yeah, but they are dead quiet out of a rifle...


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It might be handy for use in my Dad's old Smith 22 revolver, but its $80 for a box of 500.
Que?

Last Fall I paid less than $4.00/50, and an entire brick was around $37.00...

Is your number due to the 'shortage', or is that what you are paying locally every day?
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Old April 11, 2013, 10:34 AM   #5
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Humm.. I only looked as far as CheaperThanGold.
Midway lists it at half that price, but has none in stock.
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Old April 11, 2013, 12:04 PM   #6
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Just curious.. anyone know how these Colibri's compare to a 17 or 22 pellet driven out at 1100fps or so by a quality air rifle?
I had a RWS model 54 many years ago, that thing would poke holes in quarters using good RWS pellets.

I bring it up because I'm thinking the Colibri still technically keeps your pistol a "firearm" and shooting it within most all city limits is a big no-no.
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Old April 11, 2013, 02:27 PM   #7
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Depending on the definitions in the laws and the gun's operating system, in many jurisdictions a BB gun ("pellet gun") is a firearm.
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Old April 11, 2013, 02:35 PM   #8
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True where I live. <pout>

Any pellet gun is considered a firearm, and the city forbids discharging firearms. And even if pellet guns were OK, I doubt that loading with Super Colibris would suddenly make a .22 "not a firearm" in their eyes.
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Old April 11, 2013, 10:36 PM   #9
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i dont use these, i bought a brick of them that must have been shipped through quality control on a friday night..
stick in barrels, and the lead bullets have a tendency to turn into lead dust inside the barrel.
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Old April 12, 2013, 05:35 AM   #10
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i dont use these, i bought a brick of them that must have been shipped through quality control on a friday night..
stick in barrels, and the lead bullets have a tendency to turn into lead dust inside the barrel.
Colibri, or Super Colibri?

Two different animals...

Colibri are 'For Use In Handguns Only', as they will indeed often stick in a rifle...

Colibri:

Muzzle Velocity: 375 fps
Muzzle Energy: 6 ft. lbs.

Super Colibri:

Muzzle Velocity: 500 fps
Muzzle Energy: 11 ft. lbs.

Those stats are from handguns...

I have yet to have a Super stick a bullet, but I only have access to three .22 rifles for testing...
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Old April 12, 2013, 08:59 PM   #11
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super colibri. it gives chipmunks a better chance at survival then a keg at a college kegger.
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Old April 14, 2013, 10:55 AM   #12
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It's technically illegal to shoot a BB gun or pellet rifle in incorporated areas in AZ but police officers aren't going to arrest a person for shooting a BB gun in the back yard, so long as they're being safe about it. I'd suspect the same thing of low powered .22 though I wouldn't want to test that theory.

There are lots of places where it is not illegal to discharge a firearm but you would still prefer not to disturb your neighbors or wildlife. As the test shows, Super Colibri is plenty for snakes and rats and usually adequate for rabbit sized animals. It is usually sufficient for most pests and it offers a quiet way to plink at cans. It's nice for training new shooters, too. For anything more serious, I'd prefer to use a suppressed .22lr.
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