Advanced Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Central Texas
Re: What's your favorite .22 rifle ??
Altrisk, Both Wolf, from Germany, and Federal, from here in the US, offer several 'levels of performance' in their ammo, as does Eley.
I know the rifle you are shooting, very well, and if it is torqued (Action, into the stock), consistantly, it is limited only by the ammo, and the shooter, in accuracy.
Tony Mig is telling you straight; GOOD ammo is scarce here, and everywhere, so far as I know, and that drives up the price.
When I buy ammo, I buy a box of this, and a box of that, sometimes five boxes of the same line, but different lots, and do my testing in a large (300+ meters long) aircraft hangar, at night, under artificial light, on the target, and determine the best by group size, out of a rifle that has and will shoot ragged holes, at 100 Yds, under such conditions, a Model 52D action, wearing a barrel 1 1/2" in diameter, full length, and a 2 oz trigger, from Canjar: ammo that won't shoot well in this, just won't shoot!
For my purpose, it is close to the perfect 'screening tool' to weed out what does not work, at acceptable levels.
All shooting is indoors, no 'conditions' to deal with, like wind, changing light, etc, the only variable is the ammo.
If I find a particularly 'Hot Lot', I fire up the Cell, and buy everything in that lot the distributor has; being as I'm shooting at night, I sometimes have to wake someone, at home, to do the deal, but this is how it works, for me!
I spoke of 'levels of performance', earlier.
I'm down to less than a case, of a lot of 711-B Federal, that outshoots their 900, 900-B, and 1000UM ammo, in all of my guns; cost me,I think, about $190 US/ case, and freight; cheap ammo, but a lot of 'possibles', in the results.
At the level you are at, it seems foolish to be limited by ammo. But the best is not always the most expensive, simply 'the best'.
Test it, box at a time, lot at a time, and buy ALL of what works, repeat.
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry