After reading so many posts about the Ely Subsonic Extra I bought a box. Before going to the range I wiped about half the lube off with paper towels. They shot fine but there is no need for that much lube and the price was no bargain.
More waxey than greasy. Shoots very well in a couple of my Winchester sporters. I never had enough at any one time to try it for competition shooting, but it does the job on squirrels and groundsquirrels with the HP's.
I place mine in a preheated 500 degree oven to get rid of the wax. It sound just like popcorn. NOT!! I am new to the 22lr and was wondering what the coating on the rounds was. What is the reason for it?
The lubricant is designed to condition the bore for better accuracy. In match type guns it is desirable. In subsonic ammo that is to be used for other purposes the fat picks up dirt and makes for a mess. This ammo will not fare well in my pocket for a days hunting. I would not want this dirt magnet in a self defense pistol either. The lube is ok where the ammo can be used from a clean bench or table. Would rather see a CCI dry wax coating for general purpose ammo.
With very few exceptions, all quality match ammo has a greasy lube like Eley. Happy Gardner is right that the lube is made for competition and not for hunting, etc. What I do is this: For competition, I shoot the greasy stuff, because it is really the only choice if you want to have a chance of winning, plus it's no problem in a match. For hunting, informal targets, and plinking, I use whatever I can find in dry ammo that will shoot well in the rifle at hand. Besides, most hunting rifles won't shoot the match ammo any better than Dynapoints, MiniMags, or Powerpoints.
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