Re: target shooting with a .22
I agree with that as well. In all of my time consuming tests, I've found that some ammo shoots better than the rest, but @ 50 yards, all of the HV stuff pretty much goes into the same 1.5" or so.
For getting a new shooter thru his first case of ammo, I think the real test is consistency. His interest and confidence stay high when each round is shooting very much like the previous one. Next most important is price. You don't want to call an end to the days' shoot because we ran out of hi-dollar fodder. CCI Blazer works better than Thunderbolt in anything I've seen firing both, and the cost is about the same. Another good cheapie is Federal Champion, in the 50 round box. Federal puts a load number on all of their stuff, and this one is "510" or the numbers "510" with a suffix letter.
50 yards is challenging enough for a new shooter. With iron sights, 75 really is a bit of a push, because after that, drop becomes much more obvious. I hope you're not just limited to paper(?) Shooting cheap HP's at things like key limes and small russet potatoes is a blast, or try ".22 golf", if you have a source of free used balls. Ice cubes. Ping pong balls. Get creative.
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