Finding the best 22 caliber target bullet for your rifle requires
through testing. I did my tests of 22 ammo with my three favorite
22 caliber target rifles:
I also ran my ammo tests on my
Ruger Mark 5 pistol
Also see my notes on the
best .22 target pistols
best 22 caliber target rifles.
I tested over a dozen type of 22 caliber bullets, here is a small
Every 22 target rifle has a specific “taste” for bullets, and testing
with a bench rest and scope at 50 yards is the only reliable way to see
what your 22 rifle likes to eat.
Janet and Jael testing 22 bullets at 50 yards
with a bench rest
Expensive 22 bullets shoot tighter groups
In my tests, the ballistic characteristics of the best ammo for a 22
caliber target rifle was simple:
- Low velocity ammo is better: Without
exception, the “low velocity”, “subsonic” and “standard velocity” 22
bullets shot tighter groups.
- Expensive is better: With two notable
exceptions (PMC and Blazer), more expensive 22 bullets consistently
shot tighter groups with less “flyers”. You get what you pay for.
I tested these types of 22 caliber ammo. These are rated best
to worst, for my 22 rifle. As you can see, there is a direct
correlation between price and accuracy:
- Blazer 22 long rifle - This ammo just blows out the bullseye at
100 yards (5 cents each)
- PMC Scoremaster – Incredible accuracy and super cheap, but they
stopped making it in 2009
- CCI 22 standard velocity – Twelve cents each (12 cents)
- Federal gold medal sold point (40 grain) – Pricey at seventy
cents per round (70 cents)
Other less quality ammo in my rifles:
- Dynamit Subsonic – Twenty two cents each (22 cents)
- Dynamit Noble – Thirty four cents each (34 cents)
- Federal Automatch – Five cents each
- CCI 22 long – Fourteen cents each (14 cents)
- Fiocchi moving target
Not tested, but recommended:
- Federal GMM
- Wolf Match Extra
The best ammo for target shooting with my CZ 452 Lux was the Blazer
22 ammo, followed by the Federal GOLD Solid points (expensive at 70
cents each!) or the PMC SCORE MASTER solid point bullets (no longer
manufactured), and also the the CCI 22 standard velocity.
On the price/performance matrix, my choice for the overall best 22
caliber bullets is the CCI standard velocity at only 12 cents a round.