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Old 05-11-2019, 09:47 PM
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After reading numerous observations/complaints about the quality control of the various labeled .22WMR being made by CCI, the question is which .22WMR ammo (if any) is made elsewhere? And if that exists, is it really any better?

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Old 05-11-2019, 09:55 PM
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I think the Winchester 34 grain supreme JHP has been one of the best but Winchester has had teething problems in recent years. Then there is Armscore which has real jacketed bullets like Winchester but limited offerings all 40 grain.
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:57 AM
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During the ammo panic, I was running low on .22mag. ammo and couldn't find any locally. I found a brick of Sellior & Bellot on line, 40gn. hp. Had to pay top dollar but nothing else was available. It is so consistently accurate in both of my magnums, a 1720 and a 455, that I hoard what is left and only shoot it when I want to disprove the negative reputation that seems to follow this caliber. In reality, I`m talking consistent 1/2" groups at 50 with most other brands doing 3/4" or larger. I do find the 30gr. stuff to be more accurate in the 1720 than the 40 but I only use the maggy for coyotes in cover so I stick to the 40.
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:08 AM
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Almost forgot to mention, I haven't been able to find anymore, anywhere. I have seen some 45gr. FMJ. or JSP. , can't remember which but am always looking for 40gr. JHP. I believe it is no longer being imported
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:16 AM
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I've tried all the 22wmr available at this time.
None are made for precision target shooting.
All are intended for use as "field" ammo.
That means hunting ammo usually fired off hand, not bench rest.
For the purpose for which it is made, center of critter, it's fine.
Testing of the cartridges at the factory are for function and chamber pressure.
Not for grading by MV spread. Use the 22wmr as a short range hunting cartridge
all will get the job done. Try to use it for score in competition, the minimal quality control
in production shows it for what it is, bulk hunting ammo.

For those who reload centerfire, take a close look at the 22wmr cartridges.
Inspect for the same things that cause problems when hand loading your centerfire cartridges.
It explains much of what takes place when attempting to use the 22wmr for punching paper.

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Old 05-12-2019, 08:33 AM
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I've had good luck with Fiocchi WMR 40 gr. I think it's on a par with CCI
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:37 AM
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The FiocchiUSA label is made by CCI.
Date code on the box is there to check.

So is Federal, Hornady, Remington and recently Norma.
All are relabeled CCI cartridges.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:16 AM
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The FiocchiUSA label is made by CCI.
Date code on the box is there to check.

So is Federal, Hornady, Remington and recently Norma.
All are relabeled CCI cartridges.
I did not know that you learn something new every day
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DBR65, I have been shooting the Aguila 40 gr WMR in my Zastava M22.

When I first got my .22 WMR I was able to buy the regular brass case 40 gr. ammo. I got an average of 1/2 groups at 50 yds. and a lot barely over that. 3/4 in. or under is my expected normal.

More recently, I have been having to buy the nickel case Aguila .22WMR 40 gr. ammo [$1.50 more per box or so]. It still shoots as good, but the case is harder and I get an occasional dent in the rim and a FTF. The Zastava cocks on opening so I can generally just lift the bolt and get ignition w/o the 'having to rotate' the round routine.

I inquired to Aguila Texas and they said they are still making the brass case ammo. Next time I order from Academy, I am going to search for a location that has the brass case. Try it, I think you will like it.

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Old 05-12-2019, 10:18 AM
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Almost forgot to mention, I haven't been able to find anymore, anywhere. I have seen some 45gr. FMJ. or JSP. , can't remember which but am always looking for 40gr. JHP. I believe it is no longer being imported
Just ordered some Sellior & Bellot 22mag at Graf & Sons.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:42 PM
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I don't do a lot of "target" shooting with my 22 WMR's mainly due to the cost of the ammo and the fact there is no "match" grade product. But I still go through ammo testing to determine what ammo produces the best results in each rifle for the intended hunting use - at least in my case.

My CZ 455 FS & 455 Varmint both perform better with Aguila Silver Eagle followed closely by CCI A22 over other CCI VMax & MaxiMag offerings. So, those will be my go forward hunting rounds along with some old Winchester 40 gr HP that shoots reasonably well. I'll use up the remaining CCI VMax & MaxiMag inventory for practice & plinking. As always your mileage may vary.
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Old 05-12-2019, 10:23 PM
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Both of my Marlin 22Mags seem to like the Winchester 40grn JHP over any of the CCI loadings?, and it's cheaper too.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:49 AM
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Just ordered some Sellior & Bellot 22mag at Graf & Sons.
But, is it 40gr hp? That's the unicorn I`ve been looking for.
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I second hunter67, on the Aguila 22 magnum, the silver eagle is one of my favorites to shoot.
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I second hunter67, on the Aguila 22 magnum, the silver eagle is one of my favorites to shoot.


My RAR shoots Aguila Silver Eagle well enough, but I have some consistent extraction issues with it. It actually shoots a bit better than 40gr. MaxiMag HPs, but the CCIs are more reliable in that rifle (the only WMR I have).

I don't know if I have a tight chamber, or if the Aguila is loaded a bit "hotter" than CCIs, but I get the same extraction issues with Winchester ammo, so I'm inclined to think it's the ammo. I have zero extraction issues with CCI or Hornady ammo.
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