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As 22 LR has been hard to buy locally, I ended up with a mix over this year. I am not really well '22' versed and have been noting good online deals. Want to settle on one brand, weight and velocity for hunting/defense. (general purpose) Any thought on one particular 22 LR round. Also, plated/unplated? for the overall barrel health.

Got started think'n when I saw today's online deals. Want to by a small 'bulk', sight the guns in with that ammo, call it good. Got Browning and Ruger auto and CZ bolt (scout)

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With .22LR ammo, the possibilities are about endless...

Standard velocity for serious target work and generally more accurate ammunition. 40 gr. Solids for game you may want to eat. 36 gr HP's for little critters you just want to kill, but probably don't want to eat. Higher velocity stuff for defense (probably solids for better penetration). Higher velocity stuff for more adequate and reliable operation of the semi-autos. Not sure where the hyper-velocity stuff falls, but would probably be a good choice for defensive stuff - - not so much for longer range accuracy or hunting food - - but it all depends on how it behaves from your firearms.

In this day and age, with availability being what it is, I reckon any .22LR ammo that you can find is better than not having anything at all to shoot with. Reckon that varies from region to region as well.
 

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I like the 40 grain CCI Standard Velocity and the 36 grain HP Mini Mags. I have found the 40 grain Aguila Standard Velocity and their 36 grain HP both shoot almost as well as the CCI ammo. Good luck with your online search. The Aguila I order from Academy Sports but they state they don't ship to your location.
 

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As above, standard velocity for targets and hunting. They will be more accurate and a bit quieter. You want to look for standard velocity. Be aware that different rifles prefer certain brands over others for accuracy.

For defense, I would recommend the ultra high velocity rounds such as Stingers. These are usually less than 40grains and will have a velocity of about 1400 fps. They will not penetrate as far as the high speed solids, but they will give a 2x bigger wound channel for as far as they go. Your main concern for defense is stopping effect, not penetration. With only a .22 stopping effect is limited from the get go. You need to make as many holes as you can, as quick as you can, as large as you can. The solids fail on that last criterion to the ultra high velocity rounds.

Also, you didn't say what you would be shooting these from. If you have an autoloader, be sure that the rounds you choose will cycle the action 100% of the time. Not a problem with a revolver. A .22 is way down on the list of appropriate handguns for defense. Just about anything else is better. Don't use a .22 unless it is the only handgun that you have access to.
 
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Thanks guys, this information gives me some considerations going forward. Read you clear HIKayaker. Actually I'm retired Law and Elk/Deer man. Got a gun/caliber for all occasions. I am just not very experienced with 22 ammo other than from back when I was a kid. Need to get to know that caliber again along with the recent 22 rifles I acquired. Right! on a 22 cal. as a lesser choice for defense. I do however, tend to look at every arm and it's application in that respect. I will say, in my duty years, I did see 22 cal. caused deaths. Reference the thread today here on MO as to stopping power, my opinion is there's no guarantee. Having been around all that though, I vote 'big'.
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Federal Premium Ammunition - Rimfire

I typed out a long explanation and it was lost in cyber space :argh:.....short version: above is the choice for me if I could only choose one.
 
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Any of the 40 grain solids are fine. What is important is what is accurate in your firearm, and check the auto firearm for good function.
 
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Thanks again guys. Semi-auto function did not occur to me. More to these little suckers than figured. Got some homework. Appreciate the advice.
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The old timer man i bought my JM 1895 from, told me this about ammo when i asked input about 22lr for my XT22:

"It will depend on what your gun likes; same brand, year and model rifle will prefer different rounds.
Get small boxes of a variety and compare your groups.
To each their own, these things have unique personalities."

I believe him.




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For defense, I would recommend the ultra high velocity rounds such as Stingers. Also, you didn't say what you would be shooting these from. If you have an autoloader, be sure that the rounds you choose will cycle the action 100% of the time. Not a problem with a revolver.
HIKayer is right, test them in your gun. The Stinger case is about one tenth of an inch longer and because of this is some guns with tight chambers they don't function well. The Stinger is a 32 grain bullet rated at 1640fps. If you are trying for max speed try the CCI Velocitor. They have a standard case length so it should function well in a 22's. They are listed as a 40 grain bullet at 1435 fps. The Aguila Interceptor is 40 grain bullet at an advertised 1470 fps.
I personally don't care for Stingers because I have to remember what they work in and don't work in. I don't think a critter will notice the difference between a 32 grain at 1640 fps and a 40 grain at 1400+ fps. Stingers, Velocitors, and Interceptors will cost you more. You will have to decide if it is worth it versus the regular 22 rated at 1250 fps.
Their is a 22 for just about anything you want to do.
 
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For the most part, I set up hunting guns with what they like and target guns with whatever I like to buy and shoot up for fun.

I have guns set up exclusively for ONE round, again for hunting like this:

Around the house: Ruger American Bolt Action - CCI Quiet

Marlin 60SS: in the woods - Stingers

Ruger 10/22: range toy - shoot anything

Ruger 22/45 LITE: Range toy - CCI only

and so on....the .22LR has many faces, if you only have one gun and want one round, the Federal Champion is quite superior to all except the CCI and I put these on an equal playing field with the Federal....the only problem with the CCI is the heavy wax, I don't care much for the heavy wax, therefore I'd go the Federal Champion as "one round for all" if I had too.

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