Anyone been shootin' rimfire a long time?

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by FishGuy, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. FishGuy

    FishGuy New Member

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    If so, how does todays ammo compare to the ammo you used to shoot (ie 20, 30, even 40 years ago)?? Just curious
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    cleaner on the whole as accurate? accurate stuff then was pricey compared to plinking ammo too

    way cheaper on the whole though too

    i found a brick ( 10 boxes of 50 ) marked 6:95 that i bought way back and left at families house way back ..
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    Mostly good but I have more fail to fire now than I used to have. I think the huge quantity they pump out today compared to 30-40 years ago made a difference. My old standard for match ammo was green box Remington standard velocity ammo and then it just went down hill and others took its place as the standard match round. Eley used to be my go to round for a long range match ammo but now its Winchester Super X. I have others in my cabinet that are more expensive but they don't shoot any better. Of course that could be my fault.
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    Remington Golden bullets used to be very good ammo back in the 70's. It's not worth fooling with now. CCI was top notch then as now. The Stingers sucked in the accuracy dept. when they first came out. Haven't bought any of them since around 76.
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    Definitely less fail to fire rounds then. As a side note I actually swallowed a couple Winchesters in the late 70's. My dad had a winchester model 5 something singleshot bottom auotejector rifle that was dead nuts to 100 yards. Well because it wasn't a repeater I got in the habit of carrying a round in my lips for a fast reload if the woodchuck didn't die ASAP! As you can guess there were a couple that went down the hatch. never even felt "off" after eating one LOL
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    CCI mini Mag .. ;)
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    The CCI used to be 9.99 a brick of 500. I swear it had more recoil. firearms that would cycle great struggle unless you use higher velocity stuff today. Accuracy is no difference that I can tell. Ammo might have gotten a little less accurate and I got a little better so the difference is not noticeable.
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    While we are on the subject of rimfire, what brands are more likely to have FTF problems? For the last two years I have shot on the average 200 rounds a week with zero FTF. Most of what I use is Fed Auto Match, followed by Fed bulk, Win SS HP Wolf MT, And SK Std +
    95% of my shooting has been with CZ bolts with the remainder being Henry lever and 10/22's.
    Have I been lucky, or is the norm?
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    I would be surprised if you didn't post good results from those firearms.

    I use mainly winchester 333 and federal bulk pack 22lr. I get what seems like weak rounds with the federal once in a while but it seems like I get more rounds failing to fire even with a decent rim hit. I don't remember that from days gone by (ain't gettin old great)
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    More money, but everything costs more! Accuracy about the same.:)
  11. cpttango30

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    When I was a kid I would ride my bike into the LGS and pick up 3 bricks of Winchester Wildcat ammo for $9 a brick. We would then burn up all 1500 rounds the next day out on mudflat rd. Oh the days of burning through all that ammo and just laughing and having fun.
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    The days of the $4.95 bricks are long gone. I got my first .22 when I was about 10 years old, so I guess I have been shooting them for 50 years. Like a couple of folks said, there is a lot more FTF's now. Accuracy is about the same, unless you take into consideration the older eyes!!
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    Received a cut down Win. 67 on my 7th birthday(1954). Both Win.and Rem. shorts were .49 cents a box and both were very accurate. Can't ever remember having a FTF out of thousands of rounds.Still have that old rifle.
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    My old Savage single shot bolt action will fire rounds that my 10/22 won't and unlike that gun and my Marlin 60 it doesn't care what bullet shape, weight or brand I feed into it. Same with my old H&R 922. It will fire ammo that my S&W M41 won't even feed let alone fire and it flat out don't matter what it is. I don't remember having the same problem 40 years ago but then I probably didn't buy as wide a variety of ammo then since my toy stores had a limited selection.
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    Bolt actions, lever actions and revolvers, especially older revolvers with hammer mounted firing pins will always be more reliable than semi's.
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    Generally I find it to be a little more reliable ignition wise BUT.... Overall quality of the loads are not as good. Thin brass (ruptured rims and cracks), inconsistent charges, and dirty loads have gotten me concerned. You have to buy upper end ammo for consistency and yet some of them are dirty.

    Plinking rounds can be a crap shoot ;). In the past my semi-autos were not choosey. I could buy Peters, WW, and Remington etc and get nearly equal and consistent results. Now the only bulk I can use reliably is Federal. Remington is a big NO. Some (cheap) foreign made rounds I can use only in closed/locked chambered guns. In semi-autos I get some rim blow outs with them!
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    I remember about in 1970 I had a Winchester 290 (still do) my buddy had one, another buddy a Winchester 190 (same gun, plain wood).

    21 short, 17 long, 15 LR as fast as you could pull the trigger, we went through cartons with very few misfires.

    Those were fun days.
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    .22 ammo seems cleaner then it did back when I was a kid. I haven't seen much change in reliability, but the cost sure has changed. I remember 50 cents a box for long rifles. My first rifle was a High Standard Sport King, that cost $40., and had the same capacity as the Winchester 290. Great rifle.
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    I recall buying 22 longs?? as I recall in 1952 or so from the 'old man' at the hardware. Less than 40 cents/box.

    Never happen today as I was only 12..
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    We generally bought LR or for fun some shorts for rapid fire target shooting. When I was 16-18 working in the hardware dept. that was righ next to the sporting dept. in 1966-1968 you just went in and bought anything!

    Of course I was making $1 to $1.10/hr. so you still saved your money.;)
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