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Old 06-03-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Default 22LR ammo test: 26 different brands

I recently completed a testing project during which I fired 26 different Brands / Types of .22 LR Ammo in my Ruger 10/22 rifle. Below are the results of the testing, with the ammo listed in order of the best to worst (in regards to accuracy). 5 rounds of each Brand / Type of Ammo was chronographed, and six - 5 shot groups were fired in the accuracy test.

.22 Long Rifle Ammo Test
Ruger Model10/22 Rifle, 20 inch barrel

The numbers are as follows: Average Velocity, Extreme Velocity Spread & Standard Deviation.

Wolf Match Target = 1043 / 25 / 6.00
Wolf Match Extra = 1020 / 18 / 6.32
Eley Standard (Brown Box) = 1071 / 55 / 8.12
Remingtom (Eley) Target Rifle = 1031 / 25 / 6.24
P.M.C. Rifle Match = 1009 / 33 / 6.08
C.C.I. Standard Velocity = 993 / 32 / 7.55
Winchester X-Pert Hollow Points = 1144 / 41 / 7.48
Remington (Eley) Club Xtra = 1038 / 26 / 6.63
Quick Shok Hollow Points = 1550 / 38 / 7.07
Winchester Dyna Points = 1109 / 22 / 5.00
Remington Thunderbolts = 1213 / 84 / 11.66
C.C.I. GREEN TAG = 1023 / 48 / 7.87
Federal Lightning = 1215 / 49 / 8.00
Federal Classic Hyper Velocity Hollow Points = 1465 / 11 / 3.74
Remington Target = 1125 / 32 / 8.25
Winchester Power Point Hollow Points = 1215 / 16 / 5.39
P.M.C. Sidewinder Solids = 1195 / 58 / 8.83
Winchester WildCats = 1185 / 37 / 7.35
Federal Bulk Hollow Points = 1247 / 65 / 10.91
C.C.I. Mini Mag Solids = 1246 / 30 / 5.66
Winchester Hi-Velocity Solids = 1187 / 24 / 5.57
C.C.I. Blazer = 1213 / 34 / 5.57
C.C.I. Stingers Hollow Points = 1567 / 49 / 7.68
Winchester T-22 = 1150 / 28 / 7.35
Remington High Velocity Solids (Golden Bullet) = 1272 / 61 / 9.85
Remington Bulk Hollow Points = 1246 / 31 / 6.63

(Temperature at Chronographing was 75
degrees & sunny)




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You did not list group size for each load... Was this an oversight or was this testing just for velocity and not accuracy..?




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Bitsman, since my primary objective was to test for velocity and extreme spread, I set up the chronograph 10 feet from the end of the muzzle, and had targets set up at 25 yards. (I was looking for a correlation between ES and accuracy, but couldn't find one at 25 yards) At that short a distance, I merely made note of which ones were most accurate. The difference between the size of the groups of the Wolf Match and the Remington Bulks, at that range, was less than a quarter of an inch; basically insignificant. A better test of accuracy will be when I move the targets out to 50 yards

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Interesting data. I'm surprised by how small the standard deviations are on all of the ammo. With 22s there is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 grain of powder, so even a small difference would cause a substantial variation.

I shot some Federal Bulk through my Beretta Neos with 4 1/2 inch barrel and the standard deviation was 23.5 fps. the average velocity was 1041 fps which was faster than I expected.

I've been meaning to check out the same ammunition through a rifle and just have not gotten around to it. Now I'm really curious.

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