Back in 1976 when CCI (Omark Industries at the time) introduced the Stinger, I decided I had to have some. They were touting velocities around 1650 fps and I could see that turning my 22 into a 22 mag! I had just gotten a 39A for Christmas 1975, and I was really anxious to try the Stingers as soon as I could find some. I was living in WV at the time, and as usual, it really hard to find anything new around here. Finally, I located them at our local ACE Hardware. At the time, ACE had the best sporting goods/gun department around.
Well, the first thing that disillusioned me was the price of the Stingers. They were about twice as expensive for 50 rounds as the 100 round packs of CCI Mini-Mags that I had been using. But I bought 2 boxes of 50 because I was going to use them to shoot groundhogs and squirrels. Interestingly, CCI didn't tell you anywhere on the box that the bullet was only 32 grains. But I had my hyper-velocity 22 rounds and it was off to the range.
My 39A has always preferred Mini-mags. They give me one hole groups at 25 yards, and under 1" at 50 yards. So I was expecting the same from Stingers. Boy was I wrong! They were giving me shotgun like patterns out of the 39A at 25 yards, and were basically useless at 50 yards. I shot up one box and the other box was relegated to my ammo cabinet.
Fast forward to 2011. I recently bought a Ruger Single Six Convertible and am in the process of trying to find what ammo it likes best. In 22 LR I have shot Mini-mags, Federal, Winchester, and Remington. Again, the Mini-mags 40 gr HP shot the best during my first range outing. This past Saturday I took the Single Six back to the range, and while I was scrounging around for 22 ammo (I have a ton of the stuff in all kinds of brands), I ran across the unopened box of Stingers. I thought I may as well give them a try and see if they'll shoot in the Ruger. So off to the range I went.
I set my target at 20 yards and shot a cylinder with the Mini-mags - pretty good, the Federal, acceptable, not quite as good as the CCI, and the Winchester, about like the Federal. These were all HP rounds. The CCI's and Winchester's were 40 gr. The Federals 36 gr.
I then got the Stingers out, and wow, 6 shots in the 10 ring that I can cover with a quarter. Gotta be a fluke. I tried it again, same result. I ended up shooting 36 of the 50 rounds and basically ended up with the center shot out of the target. I was shooting from the bench with a rest.
I also shot them through the Chrony, and this was telling to me. The Ruger has a 5.5" barrel
Federal LR - 980 fps. (Federals out of my 39A 1230 fps)
CCI 22 Mag - 1360 fps
CCI Stingers - 1225 fps. (This just about matches the Federals out of the 24" 39A)
Wow, that was a considerable increase over the LR, and approaching the 22 mag velocities out of the 5.5" barrel. Also, I have shot CCI, Remington and Winchester 22 mags out of the Ruger and none of them group as well as the LR ammo.
So, this morning on my trip to Wally-World I picked up 2 boxes of the new Stingers. Price - $5.25/50 Still pricey compared to 22 LR. But if these group the same as the 1976 version (they do look a little different, the case is made differently), I'll use these for hunting and trying to bag some squirrels.
Now, I just have to see if the new ammo is the equal of the 35 year old ammo.