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Old 11-17-2013, 12:13 PM
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Default Norma TAC-22 ammo review

Midway had bricks of Norma TAC-22 on stock. I had never heard of this ammo so did a little Google research. I could only find marketing speal, no real world info. So I ordered some try out and this is what I found:


Background

Norma is a company in Sweden that is known for high quality center fire ammo. They have now decided to penetrate the US market under the name NormaUSA. In Europe they offer two types of .22LR ammo. It seems their 22LR is actually made by RWS in Germany. The product offered in the US is called: Norma TAC-22, High Performance Target.

The Bullet.

The ammo is round nose 40Gr. rated at 1100FPS or just subsonic.
Bullet head finish is quite smooth, bare lead with a oily coating.
Packaging is in 50 rounds per box with plastic separator. A brick consists of
ten 50rd boxes. Cost was $60/500rnds. I do not know if this is MSRP or jacked up price because of ammo shortage.

Method:

Norma was originally going to be compared to CCI Std Vel at 100/50yrds using a Ruger American Rimfire bolt. After shooting the Normas, the wind pick up so a true comparison would not be valid. I have enough experience with CCI for a after the fact comparison. Shots were made from the bench with bipod up front, sandbag rest in the back. Conditions were ~65F with little or no wind to start.

Results:
Pictures below are the results at 100 and 50 yds.
I would say they are a little bit more accurate and consistent then CCI SV.
These bullets are quite oily to the point of being hard to load the mag. They slip right out of your hands and leave a oily residue on your hands. They do chamber into the rifle very easy.

Then there is the issue of cost. It is hard to compare costs at this time because of ammo shortage. Using MidsouthShooter as a reference, pre shortage price of CCI SV would be ~ $31.00/brick. These cost $60/brick at current price. To me not worth double the cost. If Norma’s were in the range of MSRP ~$40/brick, then I might consider it.
Note: I do not consider CCI SV target grade or high end ammo. It is just a sub-sonic ammo that I like to shoot and have the most experience with.

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Old 11-17-2013, 12:55 PM
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The two bottom 5 round shots opened a bit. What happened there - wind, ammo, you?
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The two bottom 5 round shots opened a bit. What happened there - wind, ammo, you?
No, that is just the best I can do at 100yds. Top pic is at 50yds.
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No, that is just the best I can do at 100yds. Top pic is at 50yds.
That's pretty darn good at 100 yards. Nice shootin' !
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No, that is just the best I can do at 100yds. Top pic is at 50yds.
At 100 yrds that is good. I was just looking at all the targets and thought they were of the same distance, I missed that part of different distances.
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