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Old February 6, 2020, 07:04 AM   #1
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Best .22lr Bulk Ammo for Semi-Autos

Just wanted to get everyone's feedback on what is their preferred bulk .22lr ammo, like Federal Automatch, CCI Blaser, ect. I wanted to buy a couple thousand rounds once I get my Buck Mark in(I have a M&P22c and 10/22).
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Old February 6, 2020, 07:16 AM   #2
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Start small. Buy small batches until you find the one that works best in your individual pistol and only then start buying bulk.
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Old February 6, 2020, 07:49 AM   #3
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My 10/22 likes that Fed AM but doesn't like the CCI Blazers.
You will have to figure out what your pistol likes.
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Old February 6, 2020, 08:01 AM   #4
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Just wanted to get everyone's feedback on what is their preferred bulk .22lr ammo, like Federal Automatch, CCI Blaser, ect. I wanted to buy a couple thousand rounds once I get my Buck Mark in(I have a M&P22c and 10/22).
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Old February 6, 2020, 09:13 AM   #5
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I’m down to buying 22 ammo in 3 categories.

1) CCI SV - this is what I buy and shoot for 90% if my uses. I’ve never had anything that wouldn’t run this. A box of 500 runs a bit more than bulk ammo, but I find the reliability and accuracy worth it for my 22s.

2) Target grade ammo for my wife’s built 10/22. The Kidd barrel on this loves the more expensive ammo and pays it back with being a sub-1/2 MOA rifle when you do your part.

3) CCI Suppressor & Quiet rounds. I keep a small amount of both on hand for both the semi-autos and bolt actions.

My experience with bulk has left me preferring to pay a bit more for CCI SV because it works for my guns. You will have to experiment a bit to find the one that works best in yours.
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Old February 6, 2020, 09:26 AM   #6
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It's almost like a rite of passage to try as many different brands of .22 LR you can get your hands on to find that one magical brand your gun likes best.

A friend's Remington 597 likes almost any cheap, bulk lead (it even likes Remington Thunderbolts) but does poorly when fed any of the copper washed rounds.

I suspect you'll really like/be impressed with the Browning Buck Mark.

Good luck.
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Old February 6, 2020, 10:42 AM   #7
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Federal 550 round bulk packs from Wal mart.

The one bulk ammo that runs all of my semi-autos (pistols and rifles) is,,,
Federal 550 round bulk packs from Wal mart.

This has been my go-to bulk/plinking ammo for well over a decade,,,
I'm not saying it's the best bulk ammo out there,,,
But it has always worked for me.

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Old February 6, 2020, 01:40 PM   #8
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Federal 550 gets it done in modernish semi auto 22 pistols. Older 22 pistols run nicely with CCI standard velocity.

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Old February 6, 2020, 01:57 PM   #9
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Do not buy anything, especially .22 ammo, in bulk until you have tried a box out of your firearm. No two firearms, be they rifles or handguns(or 2 consecutively numbered identical firearms), will shoot the same ammo the same way. Then you get into ammo for different purposes. It's unlikely that hunting HV HP's will shoot as well as standard velocity target ammo out of anything. Still worth a try though.
The chances of one brand shooting well out of 3 different firearms are slim, but you might get lucky. Start with one, find the ammo it shoots best and cycles the action, then try it in another.
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Old February 6, 2020, 03:33 PM   #10
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I have a Buckmark and a M&P 15-22 rifle. The Buckmark won't run Federal Automatch while the rifle loves it. The 15-22 will hardly run CCI Tactical but the Browning runs it flawlessly. Don't buy bulk ammo until you know it's good in your stuff.
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Old February 6, 2020, 03:47 PM   #11
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Lately I have been firing my Browning HP and Colt Mark IV with the Ciener units. Remington Thunderbolts give me good accuracy and 100% reliability, W-W and Federal
are accurate but lead to frequent failures to extract and eject.
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Old February 6, 2020, 05:02 PM   #12
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Like many, I use a variety based on what I find on sale. But I generally prefer the bulk Federal plated 36gr. hollow point that's available in several different packages. I also use some Remington Thunderbolts since I seem to be able to buy it cheaper than most anything else and it runs OK in most guns (though not as well as the Federal).

I'm still using up some old Winchester Super-X HV plated solids that I bought for 2 cents each long ago, but they seem to run just a tad larger in diameter and can be a bit tougher to seat in some guns like a Ruger Single Six or a bolt action with a tight chamber. Most auto chambers seem to be large enough that the Super-X stuff runs fine in them.

If you are looking for best accuracy as well as reliable function, you are going to need to try several as has been already expressed.

For accuracy, my particular 10/22 likes bulk Winchester Xpert lead HP and Winchester Super-X HV plated solids. But it seems to be reliable with most anything.

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Old February 6, 2020, 05:07 PM   #13
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After years of fun shooting all kinds of brands of ammo I am down to CCI, Aguila, and Wolf ammo for all my 22's. I like keeping it simple.
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Old February 6, 2020, 06:11 PM   #14
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I have found Blazers to be the most consistent and most accurate BULK ammo in MY guns.
I also like Federal BYOB for a light 36 grain bullet. They work well out of my revolvers and are clean enough that I don't have to clean the gun every 100 rounds.
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Old February 6, 2020, 06:31 PM   #15
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CCI SV is not what it once was.

Blazer is just as good in my tests last summer in all my .22s.
Aguila standard is better in my 10/22
New CCI SV is the same as Blazer and both are more expensive than Aguila.
My CZ rifle likes Blazer better than Aguila but RWS is lots better (and a lot more expensive.)

For pistol plinking, I stocked up on Blazer and Aguila standard velocity. I used to swear by CCI SV and my old stock shoots better than the new stuff.
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Old February 6, 2020, 07:23 PM   #16
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The one bulk ammo that runs all of my semi-autos (pistols and rifles) is,,,
Federal 550 round bulk packs from Wal mart.

This has been my go-to bulk/plinking ammo for well over a decade,,,
I'm not saying it's the best bulk ammo out there,,,
But it has always worked for me.

Aarond


I agree 100%. All my 22's run fine with it & it's quite accurate for bulk ammo. One thing that I feel really helps 22's is a 1000 rd break in with CCI MINI MAGS.
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Old February 6, 2020, 07:47 PM   #17
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Inexpensive, bulk .22 LR that is reasonably reliable? Federal Auto Match. There are people that hate the stuff, but it works good for me.
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Old February 6, 2020, 08:13 PM   #18
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Is walmart still selling any ammo?
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Old February 6, 2020, 08:33 PM   #19
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I've been using Aguila standard velocity in my SR-22 works fine.You can usually find it for less than $20 for 500.
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Old February 6, 2020, 11:08 PM   #20
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Is walmart still selling any ammo?
My Walmart sells 22, shotgun and many rifle calibers other than 223 and 5.56
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My Walmart sells 22, shotgun and many rifle calibers other than 223 and 5.56
Mine too..
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Old February 7, 2020, 08:23 AM   #22
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I just peeked into the Walmart for something to do. They had .357 and .44 lever actions for sale, but no .357/.38 or .44 ammunition. And all the rifles available were considerably more powerful that .223/NATO5.56. Their corporate people are really sharp. I haven’t actually bought anything in quite some time.
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Old February 7, 2020, 08:44 AM   #23
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Federal Automatch is as reliable in my M41 Smith, Ruger Standard MKll, and a 4.5" bbl'd Colt Woodsman Match Target as CCI Mini-Mag. It's also a shade more accurate. In 3 Winchester .22 rifles (M62, M61 & a M670, either brand will hold on a dime at 25 yds. When it's available, I've loaded up with an eye to the 2020 election and the possibility of another Obama-type shortage. YMMv, Rod
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I have not found anything that shoots with more accuracy, consistency , and reliability in all of my 22rf firearms
than CCI Blazer. 40 gr lead round nose in 500 round bricks.
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Old February 9, 2020, 04:17 AM   #25
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It's hard to beat CCI SV and Aguila these days in price for performance. I'm a CCI SV guy, it's super accurate and works in my semi autos.

Anything loose packed, like Federal, Remington, or Winchester is suspect in semi autos, some will run with them, some won't.
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