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Old 08-31-2011, 08:22 AM
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Based on my needs/research, I went and got me a Ruger 10/22 with tube magazine, with a 4x32mm scope included out of the box. Nothing fancy, will serve my needs as I get comfortable with the rifle. May switch out parts in the future.

My question is, which ammo to buy in bulk? I want what's all-around best for my barrel long-term, and will mainly be doing plinking and small game hunting. One big purchase to save on costs and time. Willing to pay a few bucks more if there's a significant improvement in quality.

Thanks in advance!!
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I bought Remington 525 hollow points. Big mistake. They jam repeatedly in my 10/22. No real idea why. They feed in my other weapons OK. I then bought Federal 525 hollow points and they function just fine. About the same price too. There are a great number of articles on the web on how to fine tune your 10/22. I like mine, hope you enjoy yours as much. Look for a bulk buy that would include an ammo can or free shipping. Good Luck.
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Whatever it likes to eat....go buy several 50rnd box of various ammo and test...
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with each .22 ya kinda need to try and see some will eat one type some another.

The 2 10/22's we have seem to eat pretty much anything but are most accurate with Centurian 40 gr and Federal AutoMatch

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That's what some of my internet searches are telling me. Alot of anecdotal tales by bloggers on how the CCI mini-mag is a good overall round for doing some of everything, and several sites offer bulk 5000 for about 6 cents/round.

I suspect I'll buy a few of several different recommended varieties and then see what's best for me before placing the big order.
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Don't forget to buy a couple of the new Ruger 25 rnd mags....

http://shopruger.com/10_22-BX-25-Mag...uctinfo/90361/
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Based on my needs/research, I went and got me a Ruger 10/22 with tube magazine, with a 4x32mm scope included out of the box. Nothing fancy, will serve my needs as I get comfortable with the rifle. May switch out parts in the future.

My question is, which ammo to buy in bulk? I want what's all-around best for my barrel long-term, and will mainly be doing plinking and small game hunting. One big purchase to save on costs and time. Willing to pay a few bucks more if there's a significant improvement in quality.

Thanks in advance!!
I thought that all the 10/22s have the rotary magazine

Did they make some with a tube mag?
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I thought that all the 10/22s have the rotary magazine

Did they make some with a tube mag?
Sorry, typo- rotary mag.
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What works the best in one rifle, may not work that great in the next.

However, CCI mini mags will usually do well in all .22s.

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I have yet to see anything that won't feed in my 10/22, as far as accuracy goes; I really haven't taken the time to test the individual brands. When I get the chance (who knows when), I'll set up the bench and chrono, and see what's shakin'.
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What works the best in one rifle, may not work that great in the next.

However, CCI mini mags will usually do well in all .22s.

Good Luck
This. Every gun is going to be different and will like some ammo better than others. Best you can do is buy small quantities of lots of different types and then once you see what provides you the accuracy and reliability you are looking for then stock up on that.

As said though, CCI mini mags are usually a safe bet.
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I thought that all the 10/22s have the rotary magazine

Did they make some with a tube mag?
I thought I was going nuts myself.

The Ruger 10/22 will eat just about everything. Myself, and for the amount of ammo I send down the barrels of my .22's, my food of choice is the Federal 550 packs from WalMart. Now, at $18.97 a box of 550 rounds, they're still cheap enough to buy a few boxes with each trip to Wally World. I go through roughly 10k rounds per summer and the Fed 550 has performed exceptionally well. In a box I may find a couple of empty casings with a primer intact or a couple of rounds that fail to fire, but it's a rarity when I find them.

In my opinion, again, I shoot more rounds out of my rifles and pistols in a summer than most shoot in a lifetime, If possible, stay clear of Remington .22LR ammo. In my experience, the Rems are not the cleanest rounds. This is mainly on their Bulk Pack ammo. They run "Dirty", some may say, but ".22 LR ammo is dirty by nature." In my opinion, lets compare walking in the sand bare footed then taking a stroll across your wife's freshly clean kitchen floor verse doing the same thing after walking through a muddy garden.

It's been years, but I believe Remington has a "Cyclone" named round that is a cone shaped bullet. My Rugers NEVER liked them. Often stove piping the rounds. I believe the Ruger now has a recommendation in their manuals stating Cone shaped ammo should be avoided. I'm not sure though as my Rugers are mid 80's vintage.

I don't think you'll find many, if any, complaints about CCI ammo. It's tried and true ammo, 10/22's perform well on them. But if you shoot as much as I do, other options are often sought after. I also really like Aguilla .22LR ammo. It has a a different kind of odor when fired but shoots very similar to the CCI rounds and costs less to buy. The Aguilla "Supermax". It to me, is comparable to using the CCI Stingers. These are a "Hot" little round that often gives the local wood chuck population a major headache. I have read many times feeding your Ruger 10/22 a steady diet of Hyper Velocity ammo isn't the best thing for the rifle. But if used as a treat once in a while, all will be fine.

I use the Federals for hunting and plinking and it's accurate too. Federal makes an "Auto Match .22LR round" that works very well in my tack driver 10/22. When I compared the Federal 550 Pack ammo against the Federal Auto Match ammo, they were very similar in performance. Most of my shots with the Ruger are out around 100-125 yards. I have an issue with red squirrels and they like to stay far away. With a steady hand, both the 550's and the Auto Match rounds do the job well.

Sorry to long winded, the .22LR is one of my passions (37yrs). I know this round inside and out and what it's capable of doing.

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As stated by several other posters, just got to test and see which ones
your 10/22 has an inclination for.

Got a friend with a 10/22 that doesn't like ANY of the cheaper bulk-pack
stuff. Constant mis-feeds. Bummer. Not really sure what to do about
that. There's no feed ramp to polish on the 10/22.

My two 10/22's will eat most of the bulk-pack ammo with a reasonable
degree of reliability. Maybe a misfeed every 100 to 200 rounds or so.
Plenty good enough for plinking.

I go with the pricier CCIs when I want to bump the reliability.
(Say going to an Appleseed event.)

Quality magazines will make a huge difference also. The factory rotary
Ruger mags are generally rock solid. There's some decent after-market
mags out there, and there's some junk. Generally, anything with plastic
feed lips is less reliable than steel feed lips, but your mileage may vary.

Only ammo that I've had persistent problems with is the Remington
"Yellow Jackets". I think the nose is too squared off. The Yellow Jackets
don't seem to work real well in my Browning Buckmark either. Zippy
little round, but I'm shooting up the rest of my stash of those in my
.22 revolvers or my lever gun.
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Bulk Federal is my choice
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Federal Champion bulk ammo works fine in my 10/22, Marlin bolt action and my MKIII.

Have had nothing but issues with all three using Remington Thunderbolt.
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I got mine about two months ago, and I've shot a ton (~1000) of Winchester copper plated hollow-points out of it, along with some Remington sub-sonics, and I've only had one malfunction, a failure to fire due to a bad round. I have the rotaries, Butler Creek 25s with steel feed lips, and a BX-25, and they have all served me well.
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My 3 10/22s like Federal Match, but they're not nearly as finicky as the .22 pistols.

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Own and shoot alot of .22 pistol. I found out remington golden bullet fires every time. Hate remington but they make good bulk ammo.
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Another vote for mini mags, the higher cost is worth the accuracy and reliability. Can't compare the 10/22, but I have a marlin .22.
Just as an example, seated with no rest, 25 yards bulk ammo 2 inch groups with 10 rounds. Mini mags all ten shots in a quarter. If I'm shooting at cans I'm not so fussed.
I like the consistency though.
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