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Old 09-20-2019, 03:30 AM
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Dirty, dirty, dirty. Not particularly accurate. Using with a suppressor is a nightmare with lots of particulate matter coming back at you and generally gumming up the gun. Lead deposits everywhere even without the can.

My new cheap blasting 22 load is CCI blazers. Once the last of my Remington is gone (bucket of Golden Bullets and a few boxes of Thunderbolts), I'll never buy it again.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:28 AM
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Rem Golden Bullets, however, are the finest .22lr ammo every produced in the history of mankind.
Been using the Golden bullet in my Rem 581. Now 72. Never a problem. Killed a lot of rats with the Golden hollow point.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:32 PM
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Remington Thunderbolt .22LR

Fifteen years ago I decided I wanted a very accurate 22 hunting rifle. I bought a Remington 541T and 2 Anschutz rifles (don't remember models). I purchased 10 boxes of various ammunition. The most expensive was Eley Match and the cheapest was Remington Thunderbolt. I shot at 60yds from a bench to see how the guns patterned with each of the 10 different ammunition. I was not surprised that the Eley Match shot tight patterns from 2 of the rifles. I was SHOCKED that the Thunderbolts shot just as accurately as the Eley Match. The other 8 varieties of ammunition was from tolerable to terrible. I sold both Anschutz rifles and kept the 541T Remington. I have shot nothing but Thunderbolts since then. I don't target shoot much so I have probably only shot 500 to 600 rounds in the past 15 years. This year I made some poor shots on squirrel so I went to the bench to see if it was me (I am 64 years old now) or the gun. The scope was off and the pattern was not as tight (could be me) as I like. It could be the New Thunderbolts are not as good as the Old Thunderbolts. Sooo here is my next step. I have purchases (sitting in front of me) 12 various ammunitions. They are Eley tenex, Eley Match, Eley Club, Federal Champion, Federal Target, Federal HV Match, Winchester Match, CCI Mini Mag, CCI Stinger, CCI velocitor, Thunderbolts in a 50ct box and Thunderbolts in 500ct bulk box. I will follow up in a week or so and let you know how they shoot in MY rifle.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:44 PM
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I have two very accurate rifles, a 10/22 Mannlicher stock model, and a 452 CZ Military Trainer. After months of many brands (y'all know what I mean), I settled on the Aguila pistol match or rifle match for the Ruger and RWS 50 for the CZ.

Both also do pretty well with the CCI Standard. The Aguila and CCI run about $2.50-3.00/50 at Academy and the RWS...well...let's not talk about it. I stopped shooting any plated/coated bullets - only lead heads.

I shoot holes in paper targets. Why not? Sure beats spending my retirement at home with my wife. A bad day at the gun club beats a good day in the house.
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They shoot great in my (2) Ruger revolvers!!!

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What almost everyone else said. There's a reason they are so cheap.
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Ironically, other than the velocities being all over the place and some FTFs, I havent had this particular problem (YET) with thunder duds. But i have with winchester bulk.
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Is it reliable? accurate? worth trying? I've never used it.
NO HyperFastName ammo is worth ANY money. None.
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Not a fan of Remington rim fire ammo.

I wouldn't feed my horse moldy alfalfa.
I won't feed my M-41 Remingtons.
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Not a fan of Remington ammo at all.
As an instructor I have solved many students failure to feed issues by taking their remington(umc) ammo away and replacing it with whatever I had on hand.
Their centerfire handgun just seems under powered, causing issues. Doesnít help itís normally with new shooters and brand new, not broken in guns.

The last Remington Golden bullet .22lr I shot, I kept stopping to check if the barrel was clear.
Bang, bang, BANG, pop.
That was 10 years ago, havenít been tempted to try any more Remington since.

Had a student bring a brand new Taurus TX22 to class this weekend, ran maybe 200-250 Thunderbolts through it, started keyholing badly.
I stuck a cleaning brush in it so badly I broke it. I took it home and melted the lead out, then got it cleaned up.
Next day we ran 60 CCI Minimags (40grRN) and then 150 CCI Blazers through it.

A single wet patch after the Minimags then again after the Blazers had it fairly clean and shiny.

It probably didnít help that we were doing mag dumps with the Thunderbirds, but it still shouldnít lead up like that.

Lead rounds are fine, but bad lead rounds make a mess.

Had an instructor at an Appleseed tell everyone to stay away from lead 22ís.
I laughed and asked him what copper washed/plated match quality ammunition he recommended.
Funny, he couldnít answer that one.

Personally, I stick to CCI for cheap, fairly consistent ammo.
Only problem I have had is way too much lube on some fairly recent production (2017?).
Gummed my mags up quickly.


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Old 10-17-2019, 12:11 PM
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Remington Thunderbolt .22LR

Winnut, as I wrote on 9-20-19, this is my follow up after shooting the variety of 22 ammunition I had purchased. The results are as follows.

The Remington 541T at 40 yds shooting 5 shot groups
--- Best was Eley Club at .45 Inch-- Second best was Remington Thunderbolt at .50 inch followed by Federal Champion at .51 inch

Remington 541T at 100 yds
Eley Match was 1.15 inch with Remington Thunderbolts at 1.89 inch

Also shot my Ruger 10/22 at 40 yds
Eley match .75 inch followed by cci standard velocity at .81 then stinger at .92
The ruger didn't like Thunderbolts at 1.25 inch

This is all useless information to you. You need to test your rifle to see what ammunition it likes. As for me, if I can shoot Thunderbolts in 1/2 inch circle at 40 yds and less than 2 inch circle at 100 yds I will continue to shoot them.
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