Re: Ammunition question
every gun has it's own preference of ammo, some are finnicky and only like one or two things, others will hurl anything into the x ring for you. CCI tends to be most accurate off the shelf but stuff like Eley, std vel Winchester and other target rounds can usually do better (at least in target rifles). Std Velocity shouldn't be knocked too bad, if your gun shoots it well then that's what I would buy, regardless of price. I'd rather spend twice as much per round and know that every single one will hit it's mark rather than shoot (less accurate) ones that cost less.
But I have to agree that std vel is much harder to find these days, had to search high and low for my old winchester stuff about 6 years ago and haven't seen the real good stuff I used to shoot in my 52B target rifle anywhere lately.
I've always had good luck with most of winchester's and CCI's stuff (even the old yellow brick PMC stuff was pretty good), I steer away from most of Remington's .22's, they (at least used to be) historically the worst for accuracy. Eley has some fair priced stuff and used it on occasion for target rifle, even Wolf is supposedly good although I've not tried wolf myself.
so trial and error is my .02 and the most tried and true I think. Sounds like you're well on track though, good luck!
I will have to try the automatch, I bought a couple bricks of it but have not shot it yet (in the rem 597 the wife has, cannot get it to shoot for crap). I have high hopes and it's not too expensive. Just bought a couple thousand M22 from winchester to try also.
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