Good Ammunition?

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by RagingNinja, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. RagingNinja

    RagingNinja Member

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    Trying to get good groups can be hard without the right ammunition. So could you suggest some good ammunition for accuracy for a Marlin, 22. Magnum? I was thinking on the Hornady V-max. But A friend of mine said that the CCI Maxi-Mag+V is just as good, but cheaper. Thanks :)
     
  2. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    Not specific to a Marlin, but in general, I have found the Remington Premier .22 Mag ammo to be the most consistent. However, the last .22 mag that I shot liked the Win Super X hollowpoints. It didn't like the Super X solids though. I haven't tried the Hornady V Max .22 Mag, but their .17 HMR is good ammo. I haven't had any luck with Fed or CCI .22 Mag, but all my ammo was several years old. I think that the new ammo could be better.

    Bottom line, you'll have to try different ammo to see what your rifle likes best. Unfortunately, that usually means having to buy a box of each, knowing that 3 or 4 brands probably won't work, and if you're lucky, 1 or 2 of them might. At $12 - $14 a box, it's an expensive experiment.

    Good Luck, Tom
     

  3. RagingNinja

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    Hmm... ok, Thanks Tom. The lucky thing for me is that 22. Mag isn't as expensive as say a .223, or 22-250. So far the CCI Maxi-Mag is working good for me. Its grouping under .5 MOA So I guess all that's left to do is break it in, and find out whether or not my gun likes the cheaper ammo, or the more expensive stuff.
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Are you shooting at 50 yards or 100 yards ?

    The reason is that it seems that somewhere between 50 and 100yards the quality of the
    bullet will make the difference and at 100+ there will be a big difference .

    Even though it shoots well at 50 does not mean that it will at 100yards +.

    I used to have good luck with the Winchesters @ 50 but when I tried 100yard groups they
    fell apart. So I tried the Remingtion and Hornady and even though they did not shoot any
    better at 50 yards they were noticeably better @ 100 yards and beyond.

    They appeared to shoot almost as good a group @ 100 yards as the best group @ 50 yards.

    I have had the same experience with the 17 HMR .

    I use the best ammo that I can find(Not the most expensive) for hunting and the cheep stuff
    for plinking.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. RagingNinja

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    I'm shooting at 100yds. I'm hoping with the right ammunition I can get at least out to 200yds with under an inch grouping. But like I said earlier, I know a few people where there guns like either the cheaper stuff, or the more expensive stuff. Could just be one of those flukes. Thanks.
     
  6. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

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    I'll take 1/2" groups at 100 yds any day. I've never had a rimfire rifle that would do that.

    Good hunting, Tom
     
  7. RagingNinja

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    Hmm... ok. So we were shooting the other day at 330yds. My brother hit it 3 times with his 22. LR out of 10rds. I hit it 5/5. The problem was since we were aiming above the target, it was hard to group since we didn't have a specific point to aim at.
     
  8. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I would try to get the best groups possible at 100 yards and then try at 300+ to see how they
    do.

    At those distances (300+ yards) every thing comes into play. (Wind,mirage,position,light
    and aiming point).

    300 yards with any rim fire is like 600 yards with a center fire (Tough).

    J E CUSTOM
     
  9. RagingNinja

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    Ok, ya I'll try that. We were also thinking of re-loading. Although we don't know how that'd go. We aren't even sure if you can find rim-fire shells with a fresh primer in it, let alone 22. Cal bullets.