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Tried some CCI Tactical 22LR today

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by racer88, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

    Oct 14, 2009
    I've had quite good luck with good ol' Wallyworld Federal Champion 500 bulk pack ammo in my 22s. It runs flawlessly.

    More recently, I decided to try some different brands of .22 ammo just for fun.

    I tried Winchester's 555 bulk pack. Multiple malfunctions. I'm not used to malfunctions in my M&P 15-22 nor my Ruger SR22 Pistol. Not liking it.

    I tried Winchester's M22 ammo. Also multiple malfunctions. Not as many as the 555 bulk, though. Not impressed.

    Today I tried some CCI Tactical. It's a bit more expensive... about $20 for a pack of 375.


    The first thing I noticed about it was that it felt better in my hands. I mean the actual cartridges felt better between my fingers as I loaded the magazines.

    It sounds weird, but I could tell a difference in quality. The cartridges were smoother. And, they weren't as DIRTY. When I load Federal Champion into my M&P 15-22 mags, my hands get dirty and gritty. That ammo is covered with "ammo-schmutz," apparently. I always wash my hands after handling ammo. But, with Federal Champion, I WANT to wash my hands.

    When I loaded 6 mags of CCI Tactical, my hands weren't dirty! I'm not suggesting that this is of any significance. It's just something I couldn't help noticing after having loaded thousands of Federal Champion.

    Shooting the CCI Tactical was also flawless. OK... I only fired off 100 rounds. But not a single malfunction. I am not an expert ammo tester. I didn't do any comparisons of accuracy. It did seem to be less "smoky," though.

    No doubt, CCI ammo is at another level. Is it worth the premium of 1.3 cents per round over Federal Champion? Maybe not for general plinking. But, I could definitely perceive a difference in quality.

    I'd buy CCI tactical again. But, I won't be buying Winchester 555 or Winchester M22 again.

    No matter which you choose, it's WAY cheaper than .223! I enjoy shooting .233 a lot. But, I just LOVE my M&P 15-22. In this economy, I've come to appreciate .22LR! :supergrin:
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  2. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Cool. Thanks for the info. :cool:

  3. GTS197


    Oct 11, 2011
    I was looking at the same stuff last week. I was considering it, but talked myself out of it since I can get the Fed bulk for the same price as the CCI.

    I probably should get a few bricks, just to have on hand.
  4. steve1911


    Jul 12, 2004
    Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Why is it called tactical?

    Specs seem similar to CCI Mini-mag .22lr (40g copper plated roundnose, 1200 vs 1235 fps).
  6. Jerry

    Jerry Staff Member Moderator Millennium Member

    Dec 21, 1998
    Because it sounds cool and people are in Tack-T-Cool mode these days. :cool:
  7. wjv


    Jan 17, 2002
    Pacific NW
    Of the non-exotic brands, I think CCI ammo is better than all the others in terms of reliability. I do realize that some peoples guns aren't as accurate with CCI as they are with other brands. But if you guns like CCI, then it's the way to go.

    The cheap Federal and Winchester bulk .22 ammo I have, is so I can trade it for women, after the great pandemic wipes out 94% of the world's population later this year. . . :tongueout:
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2012
  8. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    Thanks for the heads up, I'm having misfires with a S&W 617, I even installed the extra long firing pin and not a big improvement, going to try the CCIs thanks again.
  9. Bill Keith

    Bill Keith

    Jan 3, 2006
    Humble, TX
    I like CCI Blazer ammo, and the Federal Gold Medal Target ammo, both in 40gr. Here is an interesting factoid about the company that owns them:
    The Blount ammunition business manufactures small-caliber ammunition and other related products, and is one of the country's leading suppliers of law enforcement ammunition. The product portfolio includes such well-known brands as Federal®, Speer®, CCI®, RCBS®, Outers®, Ram-Line®, Weaver™, Simmons®, and Redfield®. The business has approximately 1,700 employees and operations in seven states. There really is often not much difference between Federal and CCI in my experience. In the value line, they each make similar ammo, it is when you get into specialty ammo, like the Stingers and Gold Medal Match do you see the difference.:wavey:
  10. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Pretty much. Along the same line as zombie ammo. Same stuff different wrapper.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2012
  11. Keyhole


    Dec 28, 2005
    Houston, TX
    It's good and cheap. Ignore the Tacticool...
  12. JasonC8301


    Oct 23, 2006
    I would suggest possibly a box of 325 Federal auto match stuff. I have had gokd luck with it in a 10/22, mark iii, and mp 15-22. Not too bad, think approx 15 a box.
  13. grg3d


    Mar 3, 2009
    Maine USA
    They actually made it for the M&P 15-22 as far as I have read about it.
  14. AKRover

    AKRover 10MM Fanatic

    Jun 22, 2012
    Kenai, Alaska
    Shot an entire box of CCI AR Tactical through my Colt 22 tonight and didn't have a single problem. IMO its worth the little bit extra price. CCI Mini-Mag always works very well

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    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  15. Clem Eastwood

    Clem Eastwood

    Mar 7, 2004
    DFW, TX
    i ran some of this stuff through my rechambered factory 10/22 and its accuracy seems more consistently than automatch at 25y. im pretty impressed with the stuff. i have found automatch (and fed 711b) to be fairly inconsistent from lot to lot.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  16. Scamp

    Scamp Geaux Tigers!

    May 10, 2009
    I love it, I have never had a malfunction with it in my 15-22 or my 10/22. It just works!
  17. whauburger


    Oct 27, 2011
    I had great results with the Winchester M22 in my P22 and m&p15-22, I always have a bunch of CCI mini mags on hand and figured i'd try the M22 last time I was ordering ammo just out of curiosity. I am now planning on stocking up on the M22 when I find it on sale.
  18. Armchair Commando

    Armchair Commando Long Range Guru

    Jan 10, 2006
    Bunker in the Midwest
    Just goes to show that if they make it people will buy it, just like that zombie ammo crap! Federal bulk gives me 1/2 moa for a lot cheaper price, 17 bucks for 525 rounds compared to 25 bucks for 375 rounds!
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2012
  19. Armchair Commando

    Armchair Commando Long Range Guru

    Jan 10, 2006
    Bunker in the Midwest
    Their probably the same exact round in different packaging! Someone needs to take a Dial caliper and compare the 2!
  20. X-ray 4N6

    X-ray 4N6

    May 18, 2006
    London (ex SA)
    I tried the CCI AR tactical in two rifles: my SIG522 and my Thompson Center R55 Benchmark. In terms of performance I could find no reason to switch from CCI Mini-Mag to the AR tactical. I gained nothing in accuracy, in fact the Minimag was a bit better. For reliability I have only fired one box of the Tactical, so it is hard to compare to the Minimag.
    In my SIG522 I have fired 4915 CCI Minimags and had 15 failures, of which 10 were failures to eject. There were two failures to ignite, which could be the ammo.
    Fired 265 tactical in the SIG522 and had one failure which was a failure to feed. To be fair I doubt that was due to the ammunition.
    If the failure rate was high with the Minimags, I would switch to RWS target before I switch to AR Tactical. I've fired 400 RWS target rounds through the SIG522 and had zero issues. It is accurate also.