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Old 05-01-2013, 3:24 PM
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I just found out about .22lr Colibri. Yes, been out of the circle for over 10yrs and just got back into it last year. So what is the story on this ammo? Any experience? I saw a YouTube video and it can be fired from revolvers such as the Ruger SP101 .22lr which i have. No powder means it will fire clean. Any disadvantages or negatives with this ammo firing out of a revolver? Sounds perfect for target shooting. Is $0.14/rd expensive for this type of ammo? Your help and knowledge is much appreciated!
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What do you want to use it for? It has no powder, simply a primer charge. It's very quiet but has no power. It is at best, a close range rat round. I know it isn't supposed to be shot out a rifle, but I use it occasionally out of a bolt action old Wards rifle with no problems. It will shoot out of a revolver just fine. .14/round is pretty pricey in my opinion. HTH c good
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Mainly target plinking at the range for my GF but sounds fun for me too. Is 7yrds too far for this ammo for target plinking? I figured $0.14/rd is panic prices only because The Armory is asking panic pricing for normal .22lr but had no clue what it costed before.

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$0.14 is way too high for that stuff.

I have shot a few hundred rounds out of my old bolt action I picked up and have no problems. Though I got one squib but I pulled the bolt out and saw daylight on the other end...good thing because I have about 5,000 rounds of it.

Works great in a cheap old revolver I have also. I did shoot a squirrel at about 10 yards with it and he staid around for a second shot before running away. If it is used on rats & such you better be pretty close.

I believe they are about 550 FPS and have the distinct Aguila smell when shot.
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Very interesting. Sounds like it may even bounce off paper targets at 7yds and also sounds like it is basically shooting quiet blanks. I was going to pull the trigger on a brick of these but knowing that $0.14/rd is expensive, I will pass just as I do with the panic prices of normal .22lr. Thanks!

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I have the Super Colibri and it's plenty capable of wacking a small rodent.
I've shot it in an old Marlin single shot and a Ruger Single Six.
It's a ton of fun but not at $.14. I bought mine very cheap several years ago for $5.00/ brick The price afforded me the opportunity to try it.

I always clean the guns really well after shooting it because the primers apparently can create some dirt.
Never had a problem out of the Marlin but the rules have a caution!
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500 fps

By way of comparison, an Airsoft can shoot a pellet at over 500 fps.

Granted, we're talking about a 20 grain bullet vs. an Airsoft pellet. But I think the comparison is useful to get an idea of how slow the .22lr Colibri is.
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Thanks everyone! This is very educational for me
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Please don't compare it to airsoft... Some idiot will think they can shoot at each other with it.
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I just found out about .22lr Colibri. Yes, been out of the circle for over 10yrs and just got back into it last year. So what is the story on this ammo? Any experience? I saw a YouTube video and it can be fired from revolvers such as the Ruger SP101 .22lr which i have. No powder means it will fire clean. Any disadvantages or negatives with this ammo firing out of a revolver? Sounds perfect for target shooting. Is $0.14/rd expensive for this type of ammo? Your help and knowledge is much appreciated!
I have shot it out of pistols (manually cycled), revolvers and a bolt action rifle. From a rifle you just have to ensure that you see a hole in the target after you shoot that ammo to ensure it left the barrel. I have shot it out to 25 and 50yds at paper targets. Not very accurate beyond 15yds as the bullet drops pretty quickly with range. For 14 cents a round I would pass. I only pay 20 cents per round for Lapua Center-X match grade ammo and 10 cents a round for SK Std+ target ammo. Somebody is trying to gouge somebody at that price for Colibri.
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Thanks for the info! Much appreciated!
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Please don't compare it to airsoft... Some idiot will think they can shoot at each other with it.
Excellent advice and timely.
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Please don't compare it to airsoft... Some idiot will think they can shoot at each other with it.
Good point! I had a piece of hardboard house siding up as a back board at 25ft. The Super Colibri ruined it in a hurry!
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Colibri is rated @ 375 FPS.
Super Colibri is rated @ 590 FPS.
Both are FAR more quiet than any standard 22lr ammo.
Either is just fine for executing paper targets, rodents or snakes @ 7 yards or less.
Neither is any good for accuracy beyond that.
Neither will "bounce off paper".
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Sweet! I will keep an eye out for those one they come down in price. Thanks!
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shot colibri through 5 layers of cardboard that were on top of a piece of plywood. bullet disintegrated but had punched 1/2 way through the plywood.

this was point blank

shot it about 100 feet into a tree. it was stuck in the tree trunk.. . you have to aim a little high with it to hit the mark. would have hated to be the "tree" and get hit with it.
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Its subsonic.. I think that means slow? Its a whisper quiet round. Bought a brick for 20 bucks pre panic.
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you can play with colibri in the backyard...pellet gun quiet out of a bolt carbine; but still has a sharp pop with pistola...now super colibri, i think that's too dangerous to use in the same manner; too much velocity and pop...

i prefer cci cb Longs to colibri...
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i bought a case back in 2000 for like $200 i still have 4 bricks left its nice but its pretty dirty it seems to leave like sand in my gun
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They're both pretty loud out of a 2" handgun. Surprisingly so, compared to a rifle.
But we love 'em. The boy gets to practice at the farm without freaking out the hippies.
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Very interesting. Sounds like it may even bounce off paper targets at 7yds and also sounds like it is basically shooting quiet blanks. I was going to pull the trigger on a brick of these but knowing that $0.14/rd is expensive, I will pass just as I do with the panic prices of normal .22lr. Thanks!
I shoot tons of these, even out of several .22 rifles but mostly out of my Single Six. I've never had a squib yet, but it won't cycle a semi-auto.

I assure you, it won't bounce off a paper target. It would penetrate skin and hurt like hell if you got shot with one of these!

$0.14/round is far too expensive. Wait out the panic and you can find these normally for $0.05/round.
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Thanks for everyone's input! Much appreciated!
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I've shot a ton of Colibri and Super Colibri. No problems at 7 yards, and it does penetrate more than you'd think. Makes some noise out of pistols, the shorter the barrel, the more noise; but it's fairly quiet in rifles. I only have one rifle with a tight barrel that has a problem with them.

One watch-out - if firing a lot in a revolver (I have a Single Six), a carbon ring builds up that makes it hard to chamber regular .22LR. Make sure you clean the cylinder after Colibri if you plan on shooting .22LR.
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Good info! Thank you!
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I bought a few boxes of regular and super colibri to shoot ground squirrels and had great luck. my daughter and I just sat under a tree with an old savage bolt .22 and shot over 400 rounds and the squirrels did not even know that we were killing them until it was over. It was funny to watch because as one was hit his buddy would stand up to see what happened and pop one more down
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I bought a few boxes of regular and super colibri to shoot ground squirrels and had great luck. my daughter and I just sat under a tree with an old savage bolt .22 and shot over 400 rounds and the squirrels did not even know that we were killing them until it was over. It was funny to watch because as one was hit his buddy would stand up to see what happened and pop one more down
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So is the super colibri decent enough out to 25 yards?
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I haven't used the round, but for 22LR, I would hope to get higher quality ammo for 14 cents a round. Especially since you see Remington GB 500 packs for under 10 cents a round, I personally think it is a better round and bet than purchasing these rounds.
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http://youtu.be/vVo4epytReY

From this vid, looks like I can just plink some cans in my backyard as if it were a BB gun.
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Go with Colibri. Super Colibri is too loud.
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What he said. Super colibri is way to loud in a pistol.
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Please don't compare it to airsoft... Some idiot will think they can shoot at each other with it.
I just had this vision of a bad *** action movie....

...where a good guy and a bad guy in body armor are shooting it out in a gun store in the midst of our panic...

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*click click*

"Dammit..."
"Aw crap!..."

[Both look around the shop...scan the gun displays...nothing but .22's. Scan the ammo shelves...bare....bare...bare...Colibri...Colibri. ...Colibri...]

"Colibri?"
"Is that frickin it?"

...and the mad dash ensues...

Long movie too...

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...tried colibri in a pistol with a 7.5" barrel and it's still unacceptably loud; no way i'm trying super colibri with it in the backyard...
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I have some Super Colibri. I think I paid about $25 for 500 about a year ago.

I have shot it in my Savage 64 rifle. It is very quiet, just "click" and then "thwap" when the bullet hits the target. Quieter than a pellet gun.

I have never had a squib, but they do not cycle the action. Even feeding them manually is a pain, because the bullet is so short it hangs on the feed ramp. I have to use the tip of my knife to guide them into the chamber.

That being said, they sure are fun to shoot in the yard.

I am looking for an older bolt action .22 for my backyard range time.
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I have some Super Colibri. I think I paid about $25 for 500 about a year ago.

I have shot it in my Savage 64 rifle. It is very quiet, just "click" and then "thwap" when the bullet hits the target. Quieter than a pellet gun.

I have never had a squib, but they do not cycle the action. Even feeding them manually is a pain, because the bullet is so short it hangs on the feed ramp. I have to use the tip of my knife to guide them into the chamber.

That being said, they sure are fun to shoot in the yard.

I am looking for an older bolt action .22 for my backyard range time.
Are you sure you have Super colibri and not colibri? I have a bolt action marlin with a 24" barrel and I found the super to have quite a loud pop to it.

Another option to colibris are CCI CBs. CB shorts are a hoot in a lever gun. I think I could fit more than 20 in my Henry.
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i have tried the slow stuff they make and it cycled a Remington semi-auto rifle i had just fine. I gave the rifle to my brother and he managed to use these low sound rounds to kill a possum in the back yard without getting the cops called out.

I pulled the bullet off one because im nosy and just had to see inside. yup no powder at all just a little glue looking substance at the base of the case. pretty slick if you ask me. makes me feel like James Bond when shooting them but im not entirely all there in the head. still i like using them when shooting in the hills with new shooters or with a skittish pet around. still better then throwing a rock so if i find them for cheap i will grab some.
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Are you sure you have Super colibri and not colibri? I have a bolt action marlin with a 24" barrel and I found the super to have quite a loud pop to it.
Definitely Supers. I bought them instead of the regular version because I was concerned about possible squibs in the rifle. They are very quiet.

I have a cheapo .177 pellet gun that is much louder with 5 pumps or so.
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makes me feel like James Bond when shooting them but im not entirely all there in the head.
That's OK. I'm 50 years old and start grinning like a little kid when I shoot the "silent" rounds.
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