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Old 09-25-2006, 06:53 AM
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A friend of mine gave me a 50 round box of .22 LR standard velocity ammunition manufactured by Olin that comes in a white box. My friend told me it is extremely accurate but it is hard to find. He told me he purchased his ammo from the civilian marksmanship group but they don't have any more. He says the ammunition "pops up from time to time and you have to buy it when it's there."

I shot 10 rounds of the stuff and it is accurate -- same hole at 50 yards. Does anyone know where this ammunition can be purchased? I googled it but didn't get a hit.
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:03 PM
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Olin is Winchester. The only white box I know of that Winchester puts out, or used to put out anyway, were the Wildcats. They were accurate in my rifles also. Some match shooters use them in their match rifles.

Found that Midway carries the Wildcats, but they are currently out of stock.

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Old 09-25-2006, 03:13 PM
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Plain white box with just writting on it, right?...no pictures or otehr commercail BS. The cartons of 500 look just like the boxes, just larger.

It's govenement (mostly military) contract ammo. Find it once in a great while when some is declared surplus amd makes it to the civialian market.

In short...you can't buy it, but like your friend said, when it pops up, would be good to buy what you can find.
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:27 PM
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Winchester Wildcats is the only ammo that I can think off also.
I never had very good results with it. I found it to be rather dirty and inconsistent. It was inexpencive and plentiful at Wal-Mart when I tried(and dismissed) it. Each gun to it's own ammo.
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:24 AM
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Response from Civilian Marksmanship Program

Gentlemen, I asked the CMP about the Olin white box ammo. I just received their reply which reads,

"Mr. Boguski,

The Olin White Box ammo was some old military surplus we had a few years ago. It was all sold out and the US Army reports that they do not have any more surplus .22 ammo to transfer to us.

Thank you for the inquiry!

CMP Customer Service

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Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:32:15 -0400


A friend of mine gave me a box of Olin target .22 LR ammunition that he said he purchased from your organization. It is very accurate!! Do you still sell it? Who can I contact about buying it? I cannot find it in the Olin
inventory of available ammunition. Any information you can supply me about this ammo is appreciated. Thanks."
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Do any of you have a recommendation for a .22LR target ammunition that is accurate and doesn't cost a lot? My general use .22LR is the Winchester Super X high velocity -- the lubaloy covered buttet in 40 grain round nose. It functions in all my .22 rifles and pistols and is generally accurate. I pay $1.51 per box of 50 (reasonable price). What I noticed the last time I shot the Savage Mark II with accutrigger, heavy barrel, quality scope was when shooting at 50 yards with the Winchester ammo from a bench, bipod, and 12x scope AO, at a target the size of a nickel, the bullets would all hit the orange mark, but one would be at 11 o'clock, the next at 1 o'clock, the next at 3 o'clock, the next right in the middle, etc.

With the Olin white box, I took 10 shots -- all 10 shots were in the the middle of the orange dot -- same hole accuracy. My brother asks me in terms of practical accuracy, what's the difference? Is the additional cost for high quality target ammunition worth .250 of an inch?

I've seen some Wolf Target .22 LR that sells for $10.00 a box of 50 -- I think that's $.20 a round. My Winchester is $.03 a round. What's one eighth of an inch worth?
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Old 09-27-2006, 03:02 PM
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Feew years agao found a couple of cartons for sale and took a chance on it...good ammo...not the absulute best, but good solid match ammo. Gov. doesn't ussually surplus ammo unless (1) it's old enough tat at least some lots f it have given less tahn desired performance or (2) the weapons tht were in inventory to fire it are also surplused. Seems the last bit of this stuff came on the market wehn those .22 rem. and Mossberg rifles came up as surplus a few years ago (filling requirment #2 from above).

Probably still some stocks of it here and there, but the larger amount of it has been sold and shot by now.
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