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I don't know for sure what is going on with my 22 mag but I suspect it is the dirty CCI ammo.

I recently decided to take and old gun my dad had and set it up for some varmint/target shooting. It's a Savage model 24 Series S Over and Under 22 WRM/20 gauge.

In trying to zero it and get some practice with it I was extremely disappointed in the lack of accuracy. Eventually I noticed that the bullets were striking the target in a progressive line about 1/2 inch lower each time. I looked in the barrel and couldn't see through it so I pulled a dry bore snake through it and started paying attention.

After two shots I could not see through the barrel and the impact progressively worked down the target.

Has anyone ever seen this?

Any recommendations on better 22 mag ammo?
 

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no i have a 24,in 22lr over a 20 gauge.i scoped mine to squirrel hunt with.i couldnt get a group under 2'' to save my life!my ruger 10-22(scoped)will easily punch 1/2'' groups at 50 yards.the 24s are fine guns,but imo,they are beat around guns.not really accurate.
 

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I never had a problem of barrel fouling like you describe, with CCI ammo. I did have some issues of semi-auto reliability using the ammo due to the heavy wax coating on the bullets. Wonder if your particular gun is not developing optimal pressure for a good powder burn? Or, just a bad batch of ammo? As another poster suggested, shoot some other manufacturer ammo and see how it does.
 
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