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FEATURE | RIMFIRE

Compared to black powder and modern
centerfire ammunition, rimfire ammunition
just does not get much respect, except
with super shooters. Why is this? First, it
is incredibly expensive to purchase some
brands of high power match ammunition,
even though it may shoot lights out! So
centerfire ammunition gets the careful
handloader component pick and assembly
attention that rimfire does not rate-
except with the top shooters, who are very
particular about their rimfire ammunition.
Some brands of Finn (Finland), English
and German ammunition make top level
rimfire that run $25 or more for a box of
fifty. That means each little "insignificant"
.22 round costs about 50 cents and up. The
conventional thinking is, why the heck would
I pay that for a .22 LR round? Yet the same
competitor may spend up to a dollar or
more, not even counting the value of their
time, handloading a round of centerfire rifle
match ammo for a competition that is of
equal value and prestige to the rimfire match
in which they use junk ammo. What's the
difference?
As with conventional centerfire sporting
ammunition and centerfire competition

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ammunition, there is a large price difference
between the good stuff and the bad. This too
applies to rimfire, in fact maybe more so.
Going from a $2 a box of dirt killer .22 LR, to
a $15-$25 box of rimfire match ammo is not
viewed as smart by most of us-but it is by
top winners. The more costly ammunition is
the best financial bargain in this mix of guns,
gear, entry fees, travel, time away etc.-
assuming the particular rifle likes it of course.
About 1984 or so I remember going into
a Target big box store (interesting name
coincidence) and buying a brick of 500
standard velocity .22 LR hunting/plinking
ammunition for about $5-just to go out and
kill some dirt. But I ran some through my
silhouette match rifle for fun and it was simply
incredible. Get ready for the accusations of jive
liar-in decent weather I could keep this stuff
under ½-inch all day long at 100 yards, and at
times I would get ¼-inch for five shots from
my Remington 40X. Upon discovering this, I
looked at the lot number and got back to that
store the same day, and bought the remaining
four bricks of that lot number.
Then I went to other Targets in the hopes
of getting more-but that was it. I called
the factory to see if they had more of that
lot-nope. At the time, I was also training a
major city SWAT team and let their snipers
try this from my rifle, since I knew how it shot
and I could evaluate them better; they too
kept it under ½-inch, with their top sniper
matching my once in a while ¼-inch
groups. So much for my "superior"
bragging. I have to this day never
figured out that ammo, but I did
set a state silhouette record with it
that lasted for about 30 years. This
goes to show that in some guns,


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