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Old 04-05-2016, 05:04 PM
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While visiting a local sporting goods I saw some rimfire ammo on sale for $17.49 for a 325 round brick, it was labeled Federal auto match. Went out and fired 10 rounds at a small target at 25 yards with my antique Winchester model 62A, all ten rounds hit in a 1 inch circle. I ran 10 rounds through my chronograph and got results that were almost unbelievable, 31 fps extreme spread, standard deviation of 7, usually I get as much as 100 feet per second extreme spread and standard deviations of 25 or more, anybody tried this ammo with similar results.
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:56 PM
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I buy it when I can get it. Runs well in my buckmark for bullseye.

Never ran it over a chrono.
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:20 PM
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I bought a box of that back in the good ole days-7 yrs ago or so for about 10 bucks, but I think then they were 550 or 525/box.
Today I found some Fed HV Match-40 gr (#719) for 5.99/50.

Other supplier has some I believe (711) for 4.99/50--Killoughs if you want to check.
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:14 AM
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I buy it when I can get it. Runs well in my buckmark for bullseye.

Never ran it over a chrono.
I was estimating the size of that group, measured it last night, measured .840.
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:15 PM
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Fed. Auto Match ammo

Have about 10 boxes of this.....shoots extremely well in my Kimber 82....seems like its becoming more available so far this Spring.
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:17 AM
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fed auto

Saw a lot of this over the weekend at a local gun show. Shoots okay out of some of my 22's but hasn't been a real tack driver.
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:15 PM
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I consider it LOW! grade plinking ammo and refuse to pay that kind of money for it.
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Works great in my Winchester model 52, Savage, all my Ruger Mk IIs, Ruger 10-22, S&W 617 etc.

In my rifles accuracy at 100 yds (1-2") is as good or better (depending on which rifle) as CCI standard velocity or Wolf Match and several others. My Win 52 usually puts 5 shots in 1" at 100 yds with maybe 2 out of 20 out to 2".

Sure is nice that once again Fed Automatch is readily available.
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:20 AM
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I've had good results with automatch. It won't out-shoot Wolf MT or anything better in any of my rifles but I get 1" groups at 50 yards with it from several bolt rifles. In fact, I shot boxes and boxes of it practicing position shooting with a Mossberg 144LS in the Light Rifle category.
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I ran a extensive test on Federal auto-match about 7 years ago, chronographing, relubing, sorting by weight and rim thickness. The chronograph results and 50yard groups seemed to point in the direction that it would be good enough for practice ammunition for silhouette out to 100m, unfortunately it's just to inconsistent for any precision shooting past 50 yards.
The testing was done with 4 different rifles and 5 different lots of auto-match.
One aspect of auto-match that is really unforgiveable is that about 5% of it will fall way low out of the group at 100m, another 2% will be high, sorting by weight had no effect on this.
Pulling the bullets revealed the problem, slight variations in both bullet weight and powder charges seemed the most likely culprit although with no way of checking the consistency of priming it could be a factor as well.
If your group sizes were about the same between SK standard plus and auto-match you should run a 50 shot test with several lots of both, Sk is better ammunition.
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I haven't tested auto match as extensively as Kevinbear, but I've found it to be good as a plinking round. It wasn't the most accurate .22LR ammo in any of my 4 rimfire rifles or my pistols. It was however very reliable in all of them. I use CCI subsonic and CCI standard velocity a lot. They're the most accurate I've found in my 10/22 target and they're affordable.
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Federal auto match at 50 yards is 1 1/2" ammo for me. Both rifle and pistol, didnt seem to like it. Not the best.

Good bulk ammo will do 1/2" CCI standard velocity did 1/2"

All ammo can change from lot to lot.

Just be happy when you can avoid ammo with misfires.
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:39 PM
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I haven't tested auto match as extensively as Kevinbear, but I've found it to be good as a plinking round. It wasn't the most accurate .22LR ammo in any of my 4 rimfire rifles or my pistols. It was however very reliable in all of them. I use CCI subsonic and CCI standard velocity a lot. They're the most accurate I've found in my 10/22 target and they're affordable.
To be honest with everyone I'm just happy to see 22 ammunition of any flavor on the shelves again, how many years has it been since the drought started?
Now if Tenex would come down in price so it doesn't cost 80.00 to shoot a 22 benchrest match.
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I fired about 40 rounds through my P-22 last weekend and had a couple fail to fire.

I've not fired any other ammo through the P-22, so this may have been a firearm issue.

That said, my buddy whom I was shooting with had a couple fail to fire in his revolver as well.

I'd rate it ok for plinking.

I still haven't seen 22rf at Wal Mart.

I buy from a local sporting goods store or on line a brick at a time.
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It runs pretty well through my MKII, better than I can hold anyway. The Nylon 11 is so worn that even Remington Match ammo (which used to shoot "one holes" at 25-50) won't shoot well. The 213T shoots the Federal "OK" as well. Like everybody else, I'm just glad we are seeing 22lr back on the shelf again.

Fail to fires with any brand rimfire ammo is IMO a "given" as I've seen it with all the "Big Brands" W-W, Remington, CCI, Federal. I'm not a big 22 connahsewer, so I can't speak for Ely or otheers I haven't tried.

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