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Fed 22mag Ammo grouping shoot out

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 As noted earlier, I was a bit light in mag ammo so I toped it off some with 5 bricks of this Federal 30g H-shok "hoping" it would shoot nearly as well as my preferred Win Super X 40g jhp's. The Marlin 57M has all ways shot that ammo the most consistently but the Fed being on a pretty good sale, I took a untested chance that it would be acceptable.
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  The method of test was off my sand bag set up that I'v used for the passed 38 years. The scope is an old Bushnel Quad Power 2.5-10 that is paralaxed for 100 yards. My target range at this point is exactly 61 feet from muzzle to target. So, my group measurements will be with a dial caliper.
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  Each group is a 10 shot string with my Win Super X leading the 4 types since the rifle is sighted in with that particular round. The Remington 40g PSP was a top shooter for a friend of mine so I was eager to test that round here and it clearly more spoty that the Super X. By the time I put the Fed H-Shok in the gun, the 40 rounds fired had created some very noticeable heat mirage so I had to slow down and shoot the feds with a bit of air breeze when ever it happened to clear the POA. I was pleasantly surprised with these results. If that lone bottom left hit was not there, the Feds would have taken the lead by a .040 tighter group. As it was, that one round put in equal with the Remingtons despite the Rem's being far more choppy. Then theres the Win Varmint HV's. Thank fully, I only have about 5 or 6 boxes of this stuff. This particular batch is the "Thunderbolts" of mag rounds. I didn't have hi hopes for it since my last bench outing with a new to me Uberti 5.5" SAA, that showed very poor group consistency and even in this test I could actually hear a difference in the boom report between 2 or 3 of the rounds. Before shooting this last 10 round string, I let the barrel cool down. It clearly has potential and I may even try some out of a new batch in the future but for now, I'm going to stick with Super X in 40 and there was no mistake in buying the H-Shok in 30's.
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I find the 40 grain Winchester’s, both solid and hollow point, to be superior to anything I’ve been able to try in my Savage rifle as well.

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I have a Ruger American .22 mag, and Winchester 40gr SuperX hollow points has performed better than CCI 40 gr. hollow points. I just received some Armscor 40 gr hollow points I am going to try. I don't expect the results to be near the Winchester rounds, but for the much lower price maybe it will work out. After your results with Federal 3o gr, maybe that's where I should have gone. I was just sticking with 40 gr.

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I haven't tested anything yet, but glad they are showing promise.  

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2 hours ago, WFM said:

I have a Ruger American .22 mag, and Winchester 40gr SuperX hollow points has performed better than CCI 40 gr. hollow points. I just received some Armscor 40 gr hollow points I am going to try. I don't expect the results to be near the Winchester rounds, but for the much lower price maybe it will work out. After your results with Federal 3o gr, maybe that's where I should have gone. I was just sticking with 40 gr.

The Armscor ammo I tried wasn't bad accuracy wise, but not as good as the old Winchester load.

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 Thanks guys. I'm glad you all enjoyed the write up, but I can tell you I enjoyed shooting it out even more :)  I must say tho, I should update the scope with an adjustable objective scope that can tune out the parallax issue the Bushnell has at the more common close range uses I personally have around here. At this range, if I didn't look precisely threw the center of the eye piece, the cross hairs wandered as much as 1/2" across the 1" red zero dot. I like that bushnell as a hunting scope but paper punching demands far more attention than it should be. Oh, and the groups are measured from outside edge to outside edge.

Thanks again for sharing your own 22mag experiences, God, ya gotta Love that little round!

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