For those of us who think it would be useful to have a low-velocity, and therefore very quiet .22 load for close-range hunting or pest-control purposes, Remington has stepped up to the plate with a new .22 CBee hollow point load. I am told this load has been available in some areas or online for 6 months or more, but I only recently found it at a local retail store. Packaged in Remington's plastic 100-round slip-top box with a stinging-bee logo, the round is loaded in normal length .22 Long Rifle cases. I suppose this is to help it feed more reliably through various magazine types used by firearm manufacturers, and having tried to hand-feed .22 Short-length CBs from other manufacturers into the chamber of several different .22 autoloaders, I heartily endorse the use of the longer case. As the new ammunition is designed for low noise, and low velocity is required to fulfill this requirement, the load does not have enough energy to cycle the action of autoloading firearms, and so the instructive line "Will not operate semi-automatic firearms" is printed right on the box. Unlike all other low-velocity rimfire ammo that I've seen, this round has a hollow point bullet, and it appears like it may actually expand in squishy objects, even at very low speeds. It looks like Remington may have started with the thin-edged hollow point used in their Yellow Jacket hypervelocity ammunition (both bullets weigh 33 grains), and added 4 strategic cuts to help the bullet material separate and peel back. The result is a nasty-looking hollow point that should expand even at rock-throwing velocity. The printed info on the back of the box indicates velocities of 740 FPS at the muzzle and 687 FPS at 50 yards, resulting in 40 and 35 foot-pounds of energy, respectively. Also noted is a drop of 2.7 inches at 50 yards, if initially zeroed at 25 yards. Nothing was said about the firearm used to record these readings, or the length of its barrel, so I decided to clock a few rounds over my chronograph and see what I'd get with a few different weapons. ----------------------------------------------- First up was a Remington 572 Fieldmaster pump-action .22 with a 21 inch barrel. This rifle was specifically set up for hunting and pest control with another brand of .22 CB ammo, with manual operation, a close-focusing scope, and a long barrel to keep noise to a minimum. Ten rounds of the new Remington ammo at 3 yards produced these velocities: 672 FPS 628 662 665 662 639 680 612 663 705 Average: 659 FPS Next in line was a S&W M&P-22 (AR-15 style) carbine with a 16 inch barrel: 627 FPS 508 530 605 640 630 625 618 646 602 Average: 603 FPS Last up was a 4 inch barreled, 10-shot, S&W model 617 revolver: 457 FPS 508 628 499 573 526 533 503 495 462 Average: 518 FPS ----------------------------------------------- In the course of chronograph testing and plinking-up the remainder of the first box of ammunition, three functioning problems were noted. Two rounds did not fire, one each in the revolver and the S&W carbine. These rounds both seemed to have solid firing pin impact dents, and still did not fire when re-chambered in the same weapons with the old strike mark rotated 180 degrees before chambering. One round in the revolver fired very weakly during the chronograph testing, giving a reading of 242 FPS. It was replaced with another round in the testing and when figuring the average velocities, as I considered it a defective round. As the velocity was so low, I believe it is possible it could have lodged in the barrel of a longer firearm, depending on the length and overall condition of the barrel. No accuracy testing was done, as I was pressed for time and I didn't think it would be reasonable to accuracy test under that restriction. The rounds did seem to shoot to approximately the same point of impact and accuracy level as the .22 Short CBs previously used to zero the Remington rifle. The noise signatures for the new Remington ammo and some older .22 Short CB ammo were indistinguishable to the shooter's ears, covered or not, when fired in the model 572 rifle. One round was fired into a mostly-full 5-gallon pail of water to test expansion (fired down through the top opening; it did not pass through any plastic). The recovered bullet measured approximately .36" at the widest point, and did not appear to have shed any metal during expansion. It can be seen below. Cost of this ammunition was $9.99 a box at a local retailer, but this retailer is definitely not known for competitive pricing, so I hope it can be found cheaper elsewhere, eventually. .