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Federal 550 .22LR (WalMart) - Review

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Grizzly_A, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    I picked up a box of the Federal Bulk 550 from Walmart and thought I would do a short review of it. No Chrony info.

    Temp: 81F
    Altitude: 4100ft
    Conditions: sunny
    Wind: none
    Distance: 30-50ft
    Pistol Used: Browning Buckmark Contour URX 7.25"
    Pistol Used: Ruger MKIII 5" Stainless
    Shooting positions: Offhand, standing, kneeling
    FTE: 6 (Stovepipes)
    FTF: 1 (put it back in and it went bang)
    Other ammo used: CCI Mini-Mags, CCI Stingers
    Total Rounds: 850

    The 550 is bulk packaged and the cases were shiny and clean. The bullets were copper washed hollow-points and also clean and consistent in color.

    Both guns fed and fired the federal bulk pack flawlessly. Accuracy with the pistols was pretty good, we didn't notice much difference between the CCI and the federal. But that was probably our fault and not the ammo.

    The Ruger was flawless with all functioning regardless of what ammo was shot. (Slow fire and mag dumps) The Buckmark was fine during slow fires, but mag dumps would result in a stovepipe or two per mag. We also had a buckmark mag that was faulty. (not the fault of the ammo)

    The loads were consistent as the cases were all spread in the same area upon ejection.

    Overall I think the ammo was very good for bulk packs. I prefer it to the RGB (Rem Golden Bullets), Peters, and American Eagle. The cost is fair, but the Federal 525 Bulk pack from (Red&Blue box) BiMart is still a better deal.

    I would purchase more.
  2. willseeker

    willseeker N. Portland. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the review, Grizzly_A. I'm usually shopping for .22 at Bi-Mart. I'll check on Wallmart, although I'm not a fan of that place.

  3. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Northern Idaho Member

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    Federal rimfire ammo has been my first choice for over 15 years now. I have experienced very few problems with it and most of them were gun related. I can only recall one or two duds out of thousands of rounds. Bi-Mart usually has the federal champion target stuff which is a little more expensive but still works great. Thanks for the review Grizzly_A.
  4. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    The Federal Champion Blue Brick at BiMart is great, but there are some who don't like shooting non-copper washed .22. (I'm not one of them)