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NAA and .22 mag ammo?

Discussion in 'The Wheelhouse' started by jeb_ingram, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. jeb_ingram


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    Feb 25, 2005
    I will soon be bringing home a NAA .22 mag with the 1 1/8" barrel and the holster grip.
    I'm looking for a good carry ammo. I know Speer makes the GD and Hornady the CD in .22 mag but should I stick with the standard lead round for carry or try the JHPs that are on the market?

    Yes I used the search feature on here, no I didn't find any answers.

    Keep the wheelhouse alive!
  2. JFrame


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    May 29, 2001
    Mid-Atlantic, US of A
    On top of whatever you learn here, I would recommend also checking out -- those guys LIVE rimfires over there, and they have unique forums for just about everything rimfire-related, including the .22 WMR.

    One guy over there did an interesting test using a Black Widow and four water-filled plastic gallon milk jugs, lined up in a row. He used one of the new defense-oriented .22 mags (can't recall which one, but I believe it was Hornady). The bullet went through 3 of the jugs before stopping in the fourth, and showed adequate expansion at the end.

    At the behest of forumites, he also did the test with the old stand-by CCI Maxi-Mag hollow-point. The bullet went through the first jug, and IIRC, stopped short of going through the skin of the second jug. Granted, this was a less than empirical test -- but that lack of penetration dissuaded me from the notion of considering the Maxi-Mag HP as any sort of defense round, at least from a short-barreled handgun.