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    I SPEAK DA THUGG!1! Quickdraw22's Avatar
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    Bulk .22LR vs. "Match Grade" .22LR

    Actionshooter and I were at the range today and he was shooting the Federal 325 round "Match Target" .22LR stuff while I was shooting the Federal 550 round bulk ammo. Both can be found at your local stop-and-rob

    The bulk stuff operates flawlessly out of my gun (as long as I do my part), and it's the only thing I've ever shot through it. While standing, I was getting 2ish" groups at 15 yards out of a Ruger MKIII Hunter 6-7/8" with open sights.

    Is there really any TRUE advantage of running "Match" ammo over the bulk stuff - especially in a pistol? I understand the whole "better consistency and accuracy" thing, but is the slight improvement even worth the extra money?

    Federal Bulk = $0.027/rd
    Federal Match = $0.070/rd

    SO - at over 2X the cost per round for match stuff, is the figurative "bang for your buck" really there??

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    At the distances you are shooting you are not likely to notice much if any difference in match and bulk. Even at 25 yards the bulk stuff can be very good. When distances increase the Match ammo will come into it's own. If you shoot 50BR matches or any of the silhouette games where you shoot as far as 100 meters it makes a huge difference. We had our monthly match yesterday and I can tell you when you are shooting at a 1" target at 100 yds with a handgun, match ammo is a must.

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    I can't speak to the accuracy at long distances but at the shorter distances I certainly can tell the accuracy I have experienced. My biggest thing is that it is so much cleaner and with pickier guns they do notice. I do like the fact that my guns do require less cleaning than with the bulk ammo. It is a little annoying that halfway through a box of Federal bulk that my fingers are black.

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    LSP - Not trying to tell the sensei what to do, but stop shooting the Remington bulk crap. I probably put 4-5K rounds of it through my 10/22, and every box looked like someone decided to sweep the floor on Friday and toss it back into the ammo bin. I was constantly getting duds, and it's annoying that your fingers were constantly the black/gold/yellow color after 10 minutes. I usually average 1-2 duds every 550, but most always light off when you cycle them again.

    If I got into the 100yd matches where a scope was needed, I could see the point of having match grade stuff. Just didn't know if it was justifiable with an open sight gun at 25yds.

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    I use the Federal Auto Match in my P22 and both 10/22s and it works great. I also have used Centurion and did not have any problems with it.
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    I have used both, the bulk and the best, if you want accuracy, the best is worth the money, if you're just wanting to play, then the bulk makes more sense. I mainly use the good stuff for competitions and squirrel hunting. I have a few boxes left of some Federal Gold Metal Match that are years old, I do not think Federal makes this stuff anymore, this stuff shoots as good as Eley 10-X and that stuff is really expensive.
    In all honesty, if you're not shooting at least 50 yards for groups, you might not notice any difference.

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    Anyone have experience with Armscor?
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    No Armscor experience, but did shoot some Wolf "Match Extra", this is good stuff too. Excellent 50 yard groups.

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    in my p22 i feed it cheaper bulk ammo with zero problems thus far. i really dont target shoot .22 pistol, more just random plinking.

    in my savage tr, all i use is the wolf match extra. with the match extra i can put 20 shots inside of a nickel at 75 yds. i have ran some cheaper ammo through it but often have flyers and my groups open up.

    i would have to say that at distance you will see the differences between bulk and match grade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim67 View Post
    Anyone have experience with Armscor?
    I have shot the Armscor in my model 41. It worked fine, no duds, cleaner than most other non-target .22lr, and the price was lower than any other general shooting .22lr ammo that comes to mind. Accuracy was average. For just plinking is it great.

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