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How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby SoupOrMan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:01 am

Use Remington ammo.

I went out to the range today with a depleted box of bulk Golden Bullets, a 100-round box of Remington Subsonic and a 50-round box of Eley Sport. The firearms used were my dad's old store-branded Marlin and my Ruger 22/45 Mark III. My primary purpose was to sight in a Bushnell 3-9x rimfire scope on the Marlin. It's cheap, but the entire purpose of that scope is to get used to shooting with a scope. I used the indoor 25-yard range at my gun club due to snow and nasty wind chill.

I emptied the box of Golden Bullets (about 140) and had about 15 rounds that needed a second strike to shoot, all in the Marlin. Accuracy was decent out of the rifle. At 25 yards rested, the rifle shot about 7 inches high. Eventually I got sick of not being able to move the shots onto the target, removed the scope, and did better shooting with open sights. I'll try sighting in again with better ammo but for now it's going to be open sights only.

I switched over to the pistol once the Golden Bullets ran out. The Remington Subsonic didn't feed well at all into the Ruger. Out of 40 rounds, 7 were duds and wouldn't fire on a second strike. At least the bulk ammo took the second strike! Accuracy at 10 rounds was "meh" at best. I then switched over to the Eley and fired 20 rounds. Eley Sport is made by Aguila and you can smell that. Every shot fired when struck, but something weird happened on a few shots. The extractor didn't pick up two of the 20 rounds and I had to manually chamber those rounds. Accuracy was pretty decent.

Now I have 60 rounds of Subsonic and half of another box of Golden Bullets left. I think they'll all go to the rifle just for the purposes of restriking them if there's a failure to fire. Once that's gone I'm switching to anyone but Big Green for ammo. I got hooked on them because I started with some Remington ammo from the 60s and 70s that shot well. Those days are long gone. I'll stick with CCI Mini-Mags as a default. Those have done well for me in the past.
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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby First Shirt » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:00 am

I've had really good results from Federal bulk pack .22LR, especially their Auto-Match stuff. Even better is that the local Wal-Mart usually has it in stock, 325 rounds for $14.99, which is an outrage, buts it's 5 bucks cheaper than it was this time last year, and no "two boxes per customer" limit anymore.
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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby Weetabix » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:45 pm

You just need to try different ammo until you find what the gun likes. Oddly, my 10/22 doesn't like the Automatch but it loves CCI standard velocity. Haven't tried the minimags.
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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby Captain Wheelgun » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:51 pm

CCI Mini-Mags are my standard choice for testing any new to me .22. If it won't shoot Mini-Mags reliably and with reasonable accuracy then there is likely something wrong with the gun.

I have some Remington Golden Bullets in my stash. I'm going to save them for post-apocalypse trade fodder (preferably to potential enemies) :evil:
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Postby MarkD » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:19 pm

Back in the day (probably early 1990s) Remington Target was one of the best out there until you got into the real premium stuff, you MIGHT get a couple misfires per brick of 500. And as accurate as you could ask for. I think I still have a brick of it somewhere.

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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby First Shirt » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:22 pm

Weetabix wrote:You just need to try different ammo until you find what the gun likes. Oddly, my 10/22 doesn't like the Automatch but it loves CCI standard velocity. Haven't tried the minimags.

My 10/22 eats it up, but it's got an Adams & Bennett sporter-weight match barrel on it, along with a titanium extractor. Generally, if the round will go into the chamber and fire, it WILL come back out!

That said, it's best to try a bunch of stuff (as much as you can reasonably find, but concentrate on the more-available stuff) and see what your gun likes, what it will tolerate, and what makes it gag-and-wretch.
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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby evan price » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:53 pm

The Federal 550 brick of 36 gr php from Wal-Mart were great bullets. I still have a significant quantity from pre sandy hook.
Winchester auto match has been good.
I also like CCI Blazer.
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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby SoupOrMan » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:48 pm

Captain Wheelgun wrote:CCI Mini-Mags are my standard choice for testing any new to me .22. If it won't shoot Mini-Mags reliably and with reasonable accuracy then there is likely something wrong with the gun.

I have some Remington Golden Bullets in my stash. I'm going to save them for post-apocalypse trade fodder (preferably to potential enemies) :evil:


If they're pre-1990s manufacture, they're probably great.
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Postby HTRN » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:25 am

MarkD wrote:Back in the day (probably early 1990s) Remington Target was one of the best out there until you got into the real premium stuff, you MIGHT get a couple misfires per brick of 500.

Big green rimfire was always garbage, even back to the early 80s. The ammo of choice was Winchester dynapoints, before winchester fucked with it, and if you were willing to spend more money, federal 711b.
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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby Mike OTDP » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:51 am

This is me shaking my head...Damn it, there is no pleasure or point in shooting trash ammo. My go-to has been RWS Target Rifle, but I also have a large supply (around 15k rounds) of Eley Club. Good stuff.

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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby SoupOrMan » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:02 am

I bought a couple of boxes of Remington bulk when the local stores had run out of Federal bulk and Mini-Mags. Now that my decent ammo stockpile is back I can burn through the boxes of Remington. It's frustrating ammo to say the least.
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Postby Old Grafton » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:18 am

Had problems with Rem rimfire for years; inconsistent priming. Pulled bullets on a lot of FTF .22's and found a glob of priming compound in one spot, not distributed around the rim. Either not wet enough for capillary action to suck it around the rimspace or they don't spin the case after priming to distribute the compound even remotely evenly. This goes back into lots purchased in the 1980's. I'll still shoot up the old stuff to punch paper for fun but dammit when I'm hunting meat I'll use old Winchester or current Federal or ANY vintage CCI.
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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby rightisright » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:09 pm

I have a few bricks of Remington stashed away. I am saving them for SHTF to trade with someone I don't like. :)

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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby SoupOrMan » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:19 am

Remington is like Jekyll and Hyde: Same lot number, one dud out of 100 Golden Bullet rounds (struck it in 4 different places on the rim and it didn't fire) through my Ruger, with 3 needing restrikes. I then ran another 50 rounds of Golden Bullet through my Marlin with two rounds needing a restrike and no duds. Then I finished off the remaining 60 rounds of Remington Subsonic in my Marlin with no duds or restrikes at all.

Accuracy was what I made of it. 95% of the shots hit inside 4" center mass at 10 yards with the pistol firing rapidly and the same at 25 yards with the rifle. No bench, no support, just trying to fire as fast as the sight picture came up.

Subsonic ammo is scary-quiet out of that old Marlin. The loudest part of the shot is the bullet hitting the backstop. The second loudest part is hearing the bolt push another cartridge into place. I may have to invest in some quality subsonic ammo for that rifle.
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Re: How to turn rimfire shooting into drudgery:

Postby SoupOrMan » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:11 am

Replenished the rimfire this week with a brick of Federal bulk and CCI subsonic. Holy crap is firing subsonic out of that Marlin fun.

I also picked up some more snakeshot for my J-frame for fishing season. No more copperheads checking out the boat this summer!
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