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Old 09-01-2012, 07:18 PM
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Anyone tried this ammo? I found a box in the bottom of my big box of .22 WMR ammo and tried it out today along with a couple of others. It seemed to group maybe a little better than two different brands of 30 gr and 40 gr (which both grouped together amazingly) but it (Federal 50 gr) grouped about 4-5 inches higher than the lighter loads at 50, 75 and 100 yds. Seemed very strange to me. Might have to get another gun just for this ammo. Anyone have a similar experience with it? I'm shooting a CZ 452 Lux by the way.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:40 PM
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Sorry, I have no experience with it. My gun has preferred the light stuff so far, so have never picked up a box. You post gives me some hope to try some in my 452 Lux.
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It grouped higher?!

I'd want to chronograph that ammo and see what velocity it's coming out of the barrel. I would've expected it to group lower.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:54 PM
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One theory for slower ammo printing higher is that being slower, it takes longer to exit the barrel and the barrel can climb higher in that time with recoil. Faster ammo shoots lower because it exits sooner before the barrel can climb as high.

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Old 09-02-2012, 09:07 AM
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Yep, slower ammo will hit higher, and this ammo is SLOW. Rated at 1530 fps. It shoots good, but won't shoot flat enough for a 22WMR load to me.
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It grouped higher?!

I'd want to chronograph that ammo and see what velocity it's coming out of the barrel. I would've expected it to group lower.
Agree fully. My Savage shoots the 50 gr. very well. However, the POI of the Fed 50 gr. Gameshok is about 2" lower than W-W 40 JHP or Fiocchi 40 gr. at 100 and almost 3" lower than 30 gr. Hornady. I have never experienced slower rim fire rounds shooting higher than faster ones in all my years. I'm sitting here with one of my .22 mag 100 yard test targets as I type.

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Old 09-09-2012, 10:04 AM
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My CZ Lux loves the stuff, but it shoots waaaay low, like 2" low at 50 yards using open sights. It clocked 1,605 fps over the chrono from the 25" barrel.

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fed 50 gr

I like the lower velocity for squirrel hunting. It's like using the 22WRF. They shot good in my 1894M.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:35 AM
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My favorite all purpose round for hunting. Will flatten squirrels without any more damage than a standard 22lr high velocity HP. It's my pick when squirrel and fall turkey season run together. Shoots tight out of my 982vs Marlin.

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+1 on the drop.
I have some old 50g Federal for larger game that I haven't found. I also have some old 30g Federal. Now that shoots high for me.
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This ammo shoots lower in my old 640K Mossberg.
The point of impact makes little difference to me. This is the worst shooting ammo by far in my rifle.
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Yep, slower ammo will hit higher, and this ammo is SLOW. Rated at 1530 fps. It shoots good, but won't shoot flat enough for a 22WMR load to me.
That's generally true in a handgun, but not a rifle. With a handgun recoil is a big issue. The longer the bullet is in the barrel, the more recoil acts upon it. That's not the case with a rifle, especially a 22LR.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:32 PM
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It seemed to be the case in mine, we are talking WMR not LR, so a little more difference in velocity and time in barrel between loads.
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This ammo shoots lower in my old 640K Mossberg.
The point of impact makes little difference to me. This is the worst shooting ammo by far in my rifle.
I first shot it in my Chuckster. I have almost retired it in favor of the CZ. Lot's of fond memories though. Many a ground hog have fallen prey to her.
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It seemed to be the case in mine, we are talking WMR not LR, so a little more difference in velocity and time in barrel between loads.
My "LR" was a typo, but the WMR will be in the barrel even less time than the LR, so the heavier bullet will shoot lower still. Now this is all assuming your heavier bullet is truely shooting at a lower velocity than the lighter bullet. Of course a heavier bullet shooting at a higher velocity than the lighter bullet will hit higher from a rifle barrel.
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