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Old 01-06-2013, 6:00 AM
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Just bought a few thousand rounds of Federal 40 grain copper plated solid point. I normally only shoot CCI Mini Mags out of my 10/22 and Ruger SR22 and love them but nobody has them in stock. Very few FTFs or FTEs with the CCIs.

What about these Federals, are they any good? Reliable feeding and ejecting? Accuracy? Anyone shoot the Federals on a regular basis? How are they?
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I like bulk Federal for plinking ammo. All of my semi autos will eat them just fine. They tend to have a few more FTF than CCIs due to the inconsistancy of equal primer compound distribution but, not many more. Accuracy is fine. Then again, "accuracy" is about proper site alignment. "Precision" is probably what you ment. The precision of Federals is fine for Appleseed type events or plinking. For anything beyond that, I'd jump up to standard velocity target ammo and forget about mini mags or other supersonic ammo.
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For me they've been pretty inconsistent. Sometimes I'll shoot through a whole brick with my P22 without a problem. Other times ill open a new brick and about 25% of them won't have enough power to function the slide on the P22. And my P22 is well worked in. It fires any other type of ammo perfectly fine.

But I have over 20k of them I got on sale years ago, so I keep shooting them. They function fine in all my other 22's.
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When I had my 10/22 I used Federal ammo without any issues
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My son and I recently shot a "match-stick" match at the local range.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=668791

I used Federal "auto match" from a 325 round bulk box, with my Remington 513T with a 10x scope . Based on my experience at the match, I would recommend Federal Auto Match for precision plinking.
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I've had no issues with Federal bulk in my Sig 522 or Ruger Mark3 hunter- I actually just stocked up big time
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Just bought a few thousand rounds of Federal 40 grain copper plated solid point. I normally only shoot CCI Mini Mags out of my 10/22 and Ruger SR22 and love them but nobody has them in stock. Very few FTFs or FTEs with the CCIs. ...
I saw a few boxes at Dodge City yesterday. Federal has worked fine in my 10/22. Don't recall any FTF issues out of the several hundred I've shot at this point. Better than the Rem green-box stuff.
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Federal Champion #745 bulk packs is my favorite bulk packs, they have been pretty consistent reliability, they have been better than average in my finicky competition Ruger 22/45 and they have a nice kick.

Federal #510 bulk packs is my #2...but more duds.

Federal, American Eagle Bulk packs...don't like these...many FTF, FTE, dirty and really SMOKEY!!!

Remington Golden Bullets, includes "New and Improved"...worst of the worst...never buy again....loose bullet heads, duds, light loading..etc...

CCI-Mini-Mags: Hollow Point or Solid, my go to round for my Competition Ruger 22/45...so far 100%.

My opinion is based on being CHEAP, reliability, consistent ignition and extraction...not based on tight groupings.

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I buy the federal bulk 525 rounds for my dads MP15-22 it runs them great they Are just a little dirty. I also have some federal target ammo which I have not tried out yet.
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Just bought a few thousand rounds of Federal 40 grain copper plated solid point. I normally only shoot CCI Mini Mags out of my 10/22 and Ruger SR22 and love them but nobody has them in stock. Very few FTFs or FTEs with the CCIs.

What about these Federals, are they any good? Reliable feeding and ejecting? Accuracy? Anyone shoot the Federals on a regular basis? How are they?
Capybara,

If they're in a red and white box then those work just as good as the CCI's if not better. In the past I did allot of 22lr shooting when times were tough on my wallet just like these days now.

Anyway shoot them in confidense buddy:-)

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I have never had an issue with any 22lr projectiles since I got my 10/22 last year.

I have tried the cheap to mini-mags, with maybe 1 FT-Fire out of 2.5k, and it was not golden bullets, mostly federal.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. They were definitely not my first choice, I really prefer CCI, but these were all I could find in stock. As far as I am concerned, Remington ammo in general is bad, I have some UMC 9mm that is terrible, have tried their .223, just don't like Remington at all.

What about Aguila? A few places still have it. I have had good results with their .45 ACP ammo, is there .22 any good?
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I have never even seen Aguila, except on these Internets.

At what retail chains is it sold?
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www.sgammo.com had a ton of it but it all sold this weekend. A few other places carry it too, trying to remember. www.ammoseek.com
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Great in my 10/22; GSG 1911, not so much.
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I buy the federal bulk 525 rounds for my dads MP15-22 it runs them great they Are just a little dirty. I also have some federal target ammo which I have not tried out yet.
Interesting... I consider federal bulk relatively clean. Any type of remington or winchester is filthy in comparison.
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I have been through several boxes of the Federal 525 round 30 grain copper wash bullets, using both a Ruger 10/22 rifel and 22/45 pistol. Out of all the thousands, I think I have perhaps had 2 FTF.

When I really want to be accurate and have precision on target, I bring out the CCI mini-mags or on occasion, Ely.
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Of all the ammo I've tried for my 10/22, Federals are hands down the most accurate and reliable rounds I've shot. No extra recoil, no nasty puff of smoke in your face or extra fouling... just great groups!

Every 200 rounds or so, I might get a misfire, misfeed or failure to eject (which isn't always due to the ammo used), but I've never had hangfires, squibs, case-head separations, or any other malfunction that's really dangerous.
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Shot 100 rounds of the Federal blue label I got through Cabelas through my 10/22 and my SR22, really clean, zero FTFs or FTEs. Small sample size but I don't have much left to shoot. On the prowl for some more .22 ammo.
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The Federal bulk ammo is good to go.

After about 200 rounds I did not have any malfunctions from my Savage MK II TR. I'm also able to shoot quarter inch group half supported from 25 yards.
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I like federal bulk 22lr, but i can't seem to find them anywhere
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I like federal bulk 22lr, but i can't seem to find them anywhere
Yup....just like the rest of us.

I'm going to have more .45 ACP than .22 LR because I reload....
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I prefer the 325rd Federal Automatch Target 22lr out of the cheap bulk packs from Walmart. Best bang for the buck in my opinion. Never had any problems out of my Ruger 10/22, Ruger MKIII, Sig Mosquito, AK WASR-22 and CMMG 22lr conversion kit for AR.
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I have shot the Federal Bulk-Pack 22LR, 36 grain copper washed hollow point ammo (550 round packs) for years and years. I have bought and shot over 150,000 rounds of this ammo and can only remember 2 FTF's.

It burns clean, no smoke, no smell and my Ruger 10/22's, CZ 452's and MkII's love it and it is plenty accurate. I've won my fair share of our local .22 matches with this ammo as well.

When I first found back in the mid 1990's a 550rd box was selling for $6.97 at Wal-Mart.

Now you just have to find it in stock!

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I have found that both my Browning BuckMark & 1911-22 prefer the Federal Bulk. It is much cleaner and more accurate than what's offered by Winchester & Remington.
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I like the Federal Champion Bulk 525 packs. I've shot several bricks in the last 2 months, just an occasional failure to fire & my gun runs very well. So far, with my GM Barrel, Wolf TM, CCI SV & Federal Champion are the best, in that order.
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I used Federal "auto match" from a 325 round bulk box, with my Remington 513T with a 10x scope . Based on my experience at the match, I would recommend Federal Auto Match for precision plinking.
+1 for Auto Match!

The 40 gr LRN is a nice value "budget" ammo! Clean, consistent and accurate and (was) priced real fair @ $13.99/325 in the old days. The Federal bulk is also a good "go to" value round.

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My son, who was shooting an H&R 5200, and I shot rounds of these types of ammo before the match to get a sense of what each of our rifles liked.


He found the black box CMP ammo, in the upper right corner to work best in the H&R 5200



"Warm up" target for the match at 50 yards.


I used the auto match on the left in the picture above in my Remington 513T
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