PRODUCT DETAILS OF 22 LR
CCI’s tight quality control during manufacturing eliminates any variables that cause inconsistencies, resulting in reliable ignition and superb accuracy. For hunting small game, varmints, and predators, or for plinking, and target practice, CCI Maxi-Mag Rimfire Ammo shoots straight and hits hard to get the intended job done.
- Highly reliable hunting ammunition
- Copper-jacketed lead bullets
- Feeds and cycles smoothly
- Shoots straight—hits hard
- Consistent level of quality
Jacketed Hollow Point: 40-grain JHP bullet delivers a balance of expansion and penetration. Excellent choice for hunting small game, varmints, and predators.
Total Metal Jacket: 40-grain TMJ bullet does not expand, making it ideal for hunting with minimal meat and pelt damage. Great for plinking and informal target practice.
Jacketed Hollow Point +V: 30-grain JHP bullet with a tear-drop hollow point cavity, driven at ultra-high velocity, fragments on varmints, and minimizes the risk of ricochet.
Features and Benefits
- Ideal for close to medium range pest control
- 12 shot size
- 20-round box
- 31 grains
- Consistent patterns
- 22 LR caliber
- Number of rounds: 20
- Species: Varmint
- Grain weight: 31
What’s in the Box
- CCI® .22 LR 31-Grain Rimfire Handgun Shotshells
Important Product and Safety Information
- You must be 18 or older to purchase Rifle or Shotgun Ammunition and 21 or older to purchase Handgun Ammunition. I
- For safety reasons, we do not accept returns on ammunition. Always make sure you use the correct ammunition for your specific firearm.
- Check your local laws before ordering this product. Check your local laws for any other regulations.
- We recommend the use of protective eyewear whenever using or near the use of this item.
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Usage Of The 22 LR
Today, rimfire rounds are mainly used for hunting small pests, sports shooting, plinking, and inexpensive training. The 22 LR is the choice for several shooting events: biathlon, bullseye, plus divisions of bench rest shooting, metallic silhouette and pin shooting, most high school, collegiate, Boy Scouts of America, Project Appleseed, 4H shooting events, and many others.
It is also used in the precision Rifle and Pistol shooting events at the Olympic Games. Good quality rimfire ammunition can be quite accurate. The main advantages are low cost, low recoil, low noise, and high accuracy-to-cost ratio. The main disadvantage is its low power; it is better suited for use on small game and other small animals.
As a defensive cartridge, it is considered inadequate by many, though the small size allows very lightweight, easily concealable handguns which can be carried in circumstances where anything larger would be impractical. Despite their limitations, people can use 22 LR pistols and rifles for defense and are common simply because they are prevalent, inexpensive, and widely available.
Most semi-automatic rifles firing 22 LR cartridges will often only work properly when firing standard or high-velocity rimfire ammunition, as the low recoil of subsonic rounds is insufficient to cycle the weapon’s action. Rifles with manual actions do not have this problem. Due to the low bolt thrust of the 22 LR cartridge, most self-loading firearms chambered for the cartridge using the direct blowback operation system.
The tiny case of the 22 LR and the subsonic velocities (when using subsonic ammunition) make it well suited for use with a firearm suppressor (also known as silencers or sound moderators). The low volume of powder gases means that 22 LR suppressors are often no larger than a bull barrel; the Ruger 10/22 and Ruger MK II are common choices, because of their reliability and low cost, and the resulting product is often nearly indistinguishable from a bull barrel model (although weighing far less).
Where firearm suppressors are only minimally restricted, a 22 LR firearm with a suppressor is often favored for plinking, as it does not require hearing protection or disturb the neighbors. Local government agencies sometimes use suppressed rimfire weapons for animal control, since dangerous animals or pests can be dispatched in populated areas without causing undue alarm.
The 22 LR has also seen limited usage by police and military snipers. Its main advantage in this role is its low noise, but it is usually limited to urban operations because of its short range.
The Israeli military used a suppressed 22 LR rifle in the 1990s for riot control and to “eliminate disturbing dogs before operations”, though it is now used less often as it is more lethal than previously suspected Some other examples include the use of suppressed High Standard HDM pistols by the American OSS, which was the predecessor organization of the CIA. Francis Gary Powers was issued a suppressed High Standard for the flight in which he was shot down. Suppressed Ruger MK II pistols were used by the US Navy SEALs in the 1990s.
22 long rifle maximum C.I.P. cartridge dimensions. All sizes in millimeters (mm).
The common rifling twist rate for this cartridge is 406 mm (1:16 in), six grooves, land width = 2.16 mm, Ø lands = 5.38 mm, Ø grooves = 5.58 mm.
According to the official C.I.P. (Commission Internationale Permanente pour l’Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives) rulings the 22 long rifle can handle up to 170.00 MPa (24,656 psi) Pmax piezo pressure. In C.I.P. regulated countries every rifle cartridge combo has to be proofed at 125% of this maximum C.I.P. pressure to certify for sale to consumers.
Because the 22 long rifle round commonly uses a heeled lead or lightly plated bullet, the nominal bullet diameter is larger than the nominal bore diameter to prevent excessive lead fouling that can occur when shooting lead bullets that are the same or slightly smaller than the groove diameter.
SAAMI specifies a nominal bullet diameter of 02255 with a tolerance of -0.004, while the specified bore diameter is 0222. In practice, 0224 or slightly larger bullets are common, with barrel groove diameters commonly around 0223.
Muzzle Velocity (Nominal)
- 40-grain (2.6 g) lead: 1,082 ft/s (330 m/s) 22 LR subsonic
- 36-grain (2.3 g) copper-plated lead: 1,328 ft/s (405 m/s) 22 LR high velocity
- 32-grain (2.1 g) copper-plated lead: 1,640 ft/s (500 m/s) 22 LR hyper-velocity CCI Stinger
Note: actual velocities are dependent on many factors, such as barrel length of a given firearm and manufacturer of a given batch of ammunition, and will vary widely in practice. The above velocities are typical.
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