03-14-2011, 06:42 PM
Join Date: Apr 2002
Neary 8 years ago I tested a variety of ammo through my Smith & Wesson Model 17, of 1994 manufacture.
I put 6 shots from each box into the target, at 25 yards (measured by a tape measure), from a benchrest.
These results might have been better, years ago, but 48-year-old eyes and iron sights worked against me.
Nonetheless, my pistol had its preferences:
Federal Gold Medal, solid -- group 2" wide, 2-1/2" deep.
CCI High Velocity Blazer, solid -- 3" wide, 2-1/4" deep
CCI Pistol Match --2-3/8" wide, 2-1/2" deep
Remington High Velocity Golden, solid -- 1" wide, 4" deep (not a misprint. Velocity must have varied greatly, affecting vertical dispersion).
Federal Classic High Velocity, solid -- 2" wide, 1-3/4" deep
Aguila 60 gr. Sniper Subsonic - 3" wide, 2-1/4" deep
Eley Sport solid, standard velocity -- 1-1/4" wide, 1-1/4" deep
American Eagle High Velocity, solid -- 1-1/8" wide, 1" deep
This last ammo, American Eagle High Velocity, is very interesting. It probably dated to the late 1980s or early 1990s. I retrieved it from my cabin in British Columbia, Canada and brought it home to Utah.
I can't explain why it shot the best of the lot, but it did.
I've acquired more ammo since my last experiment nearly 8 years ago, so I plan to test more this summer, when the weather is tolerable.
For now, when I go out with the S&W, I grab a box of that precious American Eagle ammo, and the Federal Classic High Velocity.
The point being, try a variety of ammo in each .22 pistol and rifle. You may be surprised at the results.
A hit with a .22 is better than a miss with a .44!