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22 rimfire ammo talk and more

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by the dog, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. the dog

    the dog Monkey+++

    this sorta a back to basics talk.i think the 22 rimfire is the true be all do all for most homesteads.be it regular 22 or 22 magnum.it is cheap for the msot part in the firearm itself and ammo.its not going to be a weapon to have in a militry type of fight like a AR-15 or M-16 or other such weapon is.but for day to day use i think it is the be all do all on the homestead.truth is it can kill about anything.but anyhow...what is your favorite ammo for the 22 rifle.i like the remington yellow jackets.i also like the CCI stuff as well.whats your favorite ammo for protecting the homestead critters or garden?????
  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I shoot more of the CCI mini-mags than anything else. They seem to work reliably in all my .22s I don't like the cardboard boxes the yellow-jackets come in as much as the plastic cases that CCI uses.
  3. the dog

    the dog Monkey+++

    i understand about paper boxes.i was at gun show last weekend and got 4 boxes of yellow jackets in plastic boxes of 100 count.wonder if thsi is newer ammo or older ammo packaging.wally world doesnt carry yellow jackets and i was wondering if remington had stopped making this ammo.got any idea on that??? about all the gun shops have closed around me.its a good drive to one now.
  4. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    I've got a stack of CCI Blazers (cheap... $1/box50) sitting on my desk here. Makes for good, cheap practice.

    It's been a while since I hunted anything with a 22, but I used to use CCI stingers and really liked their performance for squirrels and rabbits. Also used the mini-mags quite a bit.

    I've been wanting to try out the newer CCI "Velociter" (velocitor?). It's hyper-velocity like the stingers, but with a heavier slug. Might be just right for a 22 in the SHTF preps.

    I think I remember seeing some yellowjackets about 6 months ago. It was either at Rural King or Gander Mtn (can't remember for sure).

    My dad started me out with 22 shorts when I was a kid. I haven't seen a short in a while.
  5. rimfirehunter

    rimfirehunter Monkey++

    When it comes to .22lr ammo my goto brand for hunting critters is CCI Mini Mag 40gr Solids or 36gr HP's. This brand of ammo works best in all my rimfire rifles and handguns and produces the best hunting grade accuracy. For tin can plinking fun I use Federal Bulk Pack 36gr HP's, its cheap and accuracy is minute of tin can and it works well in my guns.

    My preferred hunting rifle is a Marlin 925M .22WMR (22Mag) and the most accurate ammo is Winchester Super X 40gr JHP. I also find CCI Maxi Mag 40gr TMJ ammo works well for paper shooting and for squirrel hunting because it does not tear up the squirrel like the JHP's do.

    I think that once all the SHTF hype settles and reality sets in most people will find that a .22 will be their most valuable and most used firearm for long term survival. During the Great Depression of the 1930's and the War years of the 1940's my grandparents, father and uncles told me that their most valuable firearm was a .22lr single shot rifle. During that time plinking was unheard of because money was hard to come by and they could not afford to waste ammo on useless shooting.
  6. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    My favorite .22 rifle is a Ruger 77-22 and it won't eat anything else reliably but the CCIs. The case gets stuck when you fire them and has to be dislodged with a cleaning rod when I try any other ammo.
  7. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I love the CB caps. Nice and quiet for burning lead in the backyard. Sounds like a pellet gun. I really enjoy shooting them out of my Winchester 94/22
  8. MbRodge

    MbRodge Monkey+++

    I've got a Marlin model 795 it shoots every long rifle round I've ever put in it and shoots it accurately too.
  9. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    I like my Henry lever action myself. It will shoot shorts, longs, and LR's. Shoot all of one or mix and match doesn't seem to matter to it at all. [beer]

  10. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I like my 10/22 and also love the single shot 5.4mm german mauser my dad has. Both shoot any .22 I have put in them well, the mauser even dose shorts and cbs and such and is SUPER accurate. Since the bore is a tad smaller than .22 (but shoots them) then it increases the velocity to something more like a .22-06 than a normal .22. I know it shoots flat and true out past 400 yards.

    I usualy just buy whatever is cheapest in the big boxes for use in plinking and small game then get what ever I can find in the way of lead round nose for any large critters I shoot with the .22.
  11. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Out lookin at toys today at gander mtn, wandered around the aisle to look at ammo cost for .45acp/.44mag*& special: good god!$45 /box?? I couldn't afford to feed my .44's in the 80's! Guess I should realisticaly limit myself to .22 or blackpowder. ruger p345 felt nice except for the weird decocker@$399, its not too bad.found a hi-standard 1911 GI for $260 at least .22 is shootable without taking out a shady heloc:(.
  12. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Thank you for sharing that! I find it very informative; (it makes perfect sense) changed my thinking on a couple of things...check the "used" gunracks; You'll find alot of old single shot rimfires. [coffee2][boozingbuddies]
  13. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    My Grandfather told me back in the depression he use to reload .22lr's. I think he used match heads for primer but I don't remember how he did it.[beat] But it was about 25 years ago when he told me. He said they would open shotgun shells and use the pellets for the bullet, but again I don't remember what size shot he used.

  14. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    My most accurate and favorite .22 is my S&W Model 41 that I shot Bullseye with. There's nothing I can't hit with that! :) I have a couple Ruger MK II pistolas, a Marlin Model 60 rifle and a Sears single shot rifle I got when I was 13. For some reason I never bought a 10/22 but maybe I should.

    I just read an article that argued that a .44 Mag was the most versatile gun. I agree that it is a fantastic cartridge, especially because I reload, and think that if I had a .22, a .44 Mag and a 12 guage all bases would be covered.
  15. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    I find CCI Minimags to be my 'favorite' .22 ammo overall, though for real accuracy I like CCI Standard. Too pricey for plinkin' though!
    Winchester Xperts are good for the bolt rifles and Henry levergun, but tend to jam in semiautos.
    I haven't hunted the "Prince of the Treetops" (squirrel) with a .22 in years, but it would be meat in the pot in hard times. Don't see many bunnies hereabouts anymore - the dogs, cats & coyotes have decimated them.
    I keep a good stock of .22LR ammo on hand - it'll be worth it's weight in gold when the Crunch truly comes.
  16. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    You take the heads from strike-anywhere matches and grind them carefully in a mortar. Add alcohol to make a paste out of it and use a frayed tooth-pick to push the paste around the rim. Let them dry for a couple of days before loading with powder and bullet and about one in ten will actually fire. Got that T-shirt when I was a kid.
  17. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    I've still got stuff tuckedaway from the good ol days $10.00 a brick, I see its all $2.25a box now, I gotta get out more to burn up the stock.
  18. the dog

    the dog Monkey+++

    i am still shooting 99 cents Wildcats from about 1990....lol..but the glue on the boxes has given out.but they still fire great in all my 22's.i save my plastic CCI boxes and refill with the wildcats.
  19. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    Thanks [winkthumb]

  20. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    PUHLEEZE!! Do small quantities, remember that those things will fire with little provocation by your mortar and pestle. Don't ask.
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