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Most Accurate .22LR Hollowpoints?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Spitpatch, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    This is directed at those who have spent considerable time and objective testing of various brands of .22LR Hollowpoint ammunition, and understand that ammunition choice is extremely important for .22LR guns to shoot well.

    What groups best in your quality hunting .22? (Rifle or pistol)

    What gun is it?

    What range did you test at? 50 yards (rifle) would be a standard, I'd think.

    Did you chronograph?

    Did you do impact testing? What media?

    To start this off, I've tested numerous offerings in my Ruger M77 (standard wt barrel). Best for accuracy has been the Federal Hi-Power HP (the high-grade offering, not the bulk version), followed closely by the CCI Mini Mag HP.

    I shoot primarily the CCI, since it is more readily available than the Federal.

    The CCI averages .70" at 50 yards in this gun. Some groups at .50"

    Capturing the bullet in plastic water jugs results in a perfect mushroom.

    This bullet invariably stops within a raccoon's skull, and is also perfectly expanded.

    Accuracy disasters? CCI Stingers. all over the map in multiple guns.
  2. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Take your favorite match grade .22lr ammo and have at it with this: Hollow Point Driller for .22 LR - A* hollowpointer that drills perfect hollow points in .22 LR ammunition. Hollow point accuracy!

    Federal 719 match ammo has given me the smallest groups. It chronographs around the advertised speed out of a 16" barrel. I don't shoot much of it because it's just too darned expensive.

    CCI minimag hollow points seem to shoot pretty well for me. That's about all I can say as I have only tested them for groups.

    Here is a 100 yard group with Federal 719:

  3. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Is that group with the modification (hollowpointing), or without?

    No fibbing! Either way, that's pretty impressive.

    Of course, match ammo (Eley, etc.) does much better than CCI HP's in my 77-22, but the purpose here is to survey and find what works best as a hollowpoint hunting load, available on the market.

    I was gonna ask what gun, and I see now on the target: 10-22 with a Green Mt. barrel. Again: very impressive.
  4. SAR1846

    SAR1846 Oregon Member

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    I've tried everything from Fed Match 711 (groups like a dime!) to white box Olin, to Rem-chester value packs.

    For what I use my .22 for, I really like Federal 510 or Federal AE22 Hollow Points for the balance between accuracy & cost. They seem to hold to minute of critter out to where I'm comfortable shooting at them, pretty much readily available at most stores, and shoot well-enough for iron sights and Mk2 eyeball.

    Yup, I know the Federal 510's aren't hollowpoints, but they seem to work well. Each rifle is different, and the only way to find out how well they work in your rifle is to give them a (literal) shot.
  5. taroman

    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    An issue here is the lot to lot variations inherent in rimfire ammunition. When I was at Quantico, the WTB/mtu there had a couple of guys doing nothing but test firing different brands/lots of .22LR. When they found a "good" batch, they would buy it all.
  6. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    W_W Power points They group well out of a custom 10/22,Mark II slabside and a savage bolt gun and knock the snott out of Diggers.

    Best hollow points I have used.
  7. rl280

    rl280 OREGON Member

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    I have to agree w/ Twodogs, Winchester Power Point.
    Great in my 10-22 & my FN Hi-Power/Ceiner conv.:thumbup: