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Are Blazer 40gn .22LR and CCI Mini-Mag 40gn LR the Same?

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I got to looking at the specs on these two cartridges. Both are 40gn @ 1235fps, and both are headstamped CCI.

I would like to use the Blazers to practice and the CCI to hunt. However, I don't want to be contaminating the CCI lube with Blazer lube or vice versa. Therefore, does anyone know if they use the same stuff? I don't want to sight in one only to find out that the POI has shifted and end up having to shoot 20 just to get the barrel re-seasoned.

The CCI Mini-Mags let me hit small game at 100yds; the Blazer is not 100% consistent beyond 50yds or so. In other words, given a 1" PB for the vitals, I'm confident of hitting it with the Mini-Mags, not so much the Blazers.

I do form both in D Rock's tool, but Blazers just have more variation from cartridge to cartridge when powder charges and bullet weights are concerned.


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I suspect that Blazers are factory seconds of the CCI ammo, as most big box store promotional ammo is, from the other manufactures. Seconds does not necessiarly mean junk, as it can mean the velocity spread is outside the mfg's standard, or one lot is a few fps slower or hotter than what the standard is also. Could be it shoots one inch groups at 50 yards instead of 1/2". Sometimes you can hear variations of the report when fired also when the variation of velocity is great. They don't want to sell this out of spec ammo under their premium label, so they repackage it, and sell it at a discounted price. That's my opinion anyway. I have been told that, often match ammo is selected lots of regular ammo, that displays exceptional accuracy and uniformity.
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