View Full Version : best 22 LR ammo

10-14-2010, 8:13 AM
Anyone have experience/recommendation for accurate 22 LR ammo to shoot out of a 5.5" and 7" SW model 41?

10-14-2010, 8:17 AM
CCI mini mag

10-14-2010, 8:19 AM
no no no! CCi Stingers!!!!

10-14-2010, 8:20 AM
On all the finicky .22s I've shot, they seemed to have the least amount of feeding/ejecting issues with CCI Minimags.

10-14-2010, 8:23 AM
What I did was shoot many brands through all of my .22's and found the ammo that shoots best in that firearm.

My 10/22 shoots 40 grain CCI high velocity mini mags with dime size accuracy at 100 yards. My Ruger MkIII Hunter shoots the 36 & 40 grain well and my Marlin 981t shoots 40 grain Blazer well.

CB's won't cycle my semi auto's and are shot out of my bolt action.

My suggestion is to find the ammo that works best and shoot it.

10-14-2010, 8:30 AM
If you are looking to get the absolute best precision ammo for your gun, you'll need to test as many different types of ammo as you can. Also, for the best precision, you'll probably be looking at subsonic ammo and not the CCI stuff everyone else has recommended. You're lucky enough to own a 41 so, find out what it likes the best and feed that to it. Don't just try the easy to find, mass produced stuff. Get some good subsonic match stuff and see the difference for yourself.

10-14-2010, 10:12 AM
Try some Aguila 60 gr SSS ammo. All of 22s love it.

10-14-2010, 10:27 AM
Try some Aguila 60 gr SSS ammo. All of 22s love it.

Most .22lrs don't have the proper twist rate for that heavy of a bullet. The SSS ammo that I've shot through several different .22s always keyholes.

10-14-2010, 10:34 AM
CCI ftw.

10-14-2010, 10:37 AM
Try this too :)


10-14-2010, 11:19 AM
CCI Standard Velocity and Wolf Match target.

10-14-2010, 11:27 AM
Federal Gold Medal Match or Eley. Eley has several "flavors" to try, my Hi-Standards like the Tenex stuff, when it can be found.

10-14-2010, 11:27 AM
To all you guys who are suggesting CCI, I'm curious as to why you are all suggesting "cheap" CCI rounds instead of CCI Pistol Match, CCI Green Tag, etc?

10-14-2010, 11:33 AM
You need to try a bunch and find the one your pistol likes. I like Wolf Match Target and Eley, but for rifles. You may want to try some ammo made for target PISTOLS in that beauty.

After you find the best expensive ammo, look for some cheaper ammo with the same POI to plink with. Your sights will still be on target.

Good luck and good shooting.

Oh by the way


10-14-2010, 1:21 PM
For precision shooting I use either CCI Green Tag or Winchester T22, but as others have suggested try different brands/loads. My Ruger MK II Government prefers the T22 ammo. Also, I would not use the CCI Stingers unless you are sure your pistol is safe to use with them. The manual for the Government specifically states not to use Stingers, it seems the brass length may cause problems in the tighter chamber of that model.

10-14-2010, 1:44 PM
CCI mini mag



10-14-2010, 1:48 PM
I love the WM Federal bulk.

10-14-2010, 1:48 PM
To all you guys who are suggesting CCI, I'm curious as to why you are all suggesting "cheap" CCI rounds instead of CCI Pistol Match, CCI Green Tag, etc?


10-14-2010, 5:39 PM
Congets on your S&W M41.

I don't recommend using mini mags or any high/hyper velocity rounds in it. It is designed for standard velocity, and the extra energy of HV may damage it.

One of my Model 41s is unique in that it likes CCI Pistol match (every other M41 that I know of does not like that ammo). But all my M41s like SK Std+/Wolf Target (my plinking round) and Eley Tenex (my preferred match round). (Tenex is particular in that everybody's M41, that I know of, also seems to like it).

Good luck on finding the perfect round.

10-14-2010, 5:42 PM

If you compare them to rifle match ammo (or even high quality .22LR ammo), then they aren't too expensive. CCI Pistol match is $8/50rnds and Greentag is $10/100rnds. Not as cheap as bulk .22LR at $10/500, but when you want accurate ammo, these aren't that expensive.

10-14-2010, 5:51 PM
If money is not an option (ha-ha), R50 or SK. The last time I had the patience to look at what a case of R50 retails for, I thought it made more sense to make the house payment...

10-14-2010, 9:30 PM
CCI mini mag


10-14-2010, 10:02 PM
CCI Mini Mag is what most .22 pistol manufacturers test their guns with, so that should be a good indication. Wolf Match target is another good round. Either of thoise should work for you.