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I am new to pistol shooting. My club has weekly steel challenge practice sessions. You can easily shoot 200 rounds in one session. Bulk ammo is cheaper and I believe the best way to go as I develop skills but I have read in this forum that some ammo (eg. Thunderbolts) may not do well in my 22 45 Lite. Are there any other brands to avoid!


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Many people avoid the unplated Remington Thunderbolt ammo. Lack of plating makes for more firing residue. I haven't shot much of it, have had no issues though with Remington's Golden Bullet ammo.

Have generally preferred Federal bulk ammo in the 550 round packages but I haven't seen those for a very long time due to the ammo panic.

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I have two Beretta Neos 22LR semi auto, one Winchester Model 190 22LR semi auto rifle, one Ruger 10/22 LR tactical rifle and one Ruger LCR 22LR.

I have had little to no major issues with any ammo except the Remington Thunderbolt stuff. It has a unbelievably high rate of FTFeed. Have had several FTFire. This hasn't been the case with any other bulk. Even the Winchester ammo which gets panned fairly often has given me no trouble in these guns.

The Remington Thunderbolt is even more likely to stick in the chambers of the LCR when trying to eject them from the cylinder after firing.

:( ... Unfortunately I found and bought about 3,000 rounds of the Rem Thunder. ... :(

!! Can't wait till it's gone !! ... and will never buy any more unless it is the "ONLY " thing available.

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I, too, would avoid the Remington Thunderbolt. It has caused (for me and numerous others) terrible barrel leading problems. So bad so that I will NOT use them again. Too much lead. I suppose if you want to check after every 10-30 rounds and run a brush through the barrel you might could keep up with them, I just don't feel like doing it!

Another somewhat odd problem I had was with CCI Blazers in the LOOSE, BULK 550 BOX ONLY! The Blazers in the individually boxed boxes of 50 in a 500 round bulk pack were OK. Go figure. I corresponded with Speer about this and they admitted they had some bad ammo go out in the loose bulk.

They told me it had been fixed and if I sent my bad ammo back (I had 2 -- actually 1 and 1/2 boxes) they'd replace it. I sent it back about 2 years ago and they sent me 4 boxes of the individual bulk-packed boxes as a replacement!!! CCI Speer are a great bunch to deal with. :)
 

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Ditto on the Thunderbolt. I had a problem with keyholing. It would start after about 20 rounds even after a thorough cleaning. Nothing but "Golden Bullets" from now on.
 

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I do not like the golden (loose in case bullets) or the Thunders (lead too soft).

I will not buy either one,
even if I could find them.;)


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I do not like the golden (loose in case bullets) or the Thunders (lead too soft).

I will not buy either one,
even if I could find them.;)


Jim
I'm with phideaux, stay away from Remington ammo all together. Have had the exact same problems with Thunders and Goldens. Federal 550 pack bulk has been a good one for me.


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This really shows the hit-and-miss of 22lr ammo! When I wrote my post (above) about the Thunderbolts and limited, specific CCI Blazer problems I had had, I had just come back from shooting around 200 Remington Golden Bullets from a bulk pack of 525. They performed flawlessly and always have.

I really think Thunderbolts seem to be the most consistently bad round you can use in 22lr. I don't think I've known or read of ANYone who hasn't had some problems -- mainly ginormous leading of the barrel problems! -- with those bullets. They are an epidemic!!!

But above, some hate the Golden Bullet while I've had nothing but good results and depending on whether or not you got some CCI Blazers in the loose bulk or individually boxed from around 2 years ago (this is getting real specific :eek:) you might or might NOT get bad leading.

IMO, it looks like in the future I'm gonna start checking the bore of my 22 as I shoot after every 10, 20, 30 rounds or so to see if leading is starting. All rounds, all brands. I feel I just have to check to be safe because there is just too much inconsistency these days ... IF you can even find 22lr ammo that you don't need a bank loan to buy! :eek:
 

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I dont have good luck with a lot of the lead stuff the federal bulk is my favorite in bulk but dont care for the target match lead tip in the325 pack. I scored three boxes of the 550 federal bulk pack they do actually still exist



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I too have had problems with Thunderbolts leading up my barrel. Concerning the CCI Blazers, awhile ago I bought the bulk
Pack brick and the individually 50 round boxes in a brick. I can't remember which one, but one of them had a waxy coating to them. Since I live in Alaska, it gets pretty cold and the waxy coating combined with the cold weather made for considerable problems with FTF and FTE.


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I too have had problems with Thunderbolts leading up my barrel. Concerning the CCI Blazers, awhile ago I bought the bulk
Pack brick and the individually 50 round boxes in a brick. I can't remember which one, but one of them had a waxy coating to them. Since I live in Alaska, it gets pretty cold and the waxy coating combined with the cold weather made for considerable problems with FTF and FTE.
When I had my problems with them, I communicated with the factory and their head guy in charge of rimfire ammo. He admitted that they'd had some problems (he didn't specify) and agreed to take back the loose bulk I had left and make good on it. While I was experiencing the problems, I would actually be able to run some of the loose bulk and then run some of the individually packaged bulk to sort of clean it out!

I sent back 1 full box and the remainder of the box I had been shooting that caused all the drastic leading to CCI (I had the guy's address but lost it -- lot of good that's doing me!) and he sent me back 4 boxes of the individually boxed rounds in the 500 rd brick. Not a bad deal!!! The ammo specialist I communicated with was named "Coy Getman" so if you get CCI's address in Idaho, he's the dude to write to.
 
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