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For rabbits and squirrels, I just like the CCI 36 grain hollow points and doing headshots. So, I try not to ruin as much meat as possible.
RWS Subsonic. Head shots for me also.
Subsonic hollowpoints, either RWS or CCI work well for my Kimber Hunter.
CCI mini mags in my 10/22 or Mk4, CCI standards (1050fps) in my Bergara BMR. Squirrels only. I run beagles for rabbits so carry a shotgun for them. If I get low I have a bunch of bulk winchester PowerPoint hp's. They do serviceable work till I get more CCI.
American Eagle 38 grain hollowpoints. Head shots.
I like the Segmented CCI MiniMags now. I used to be a firm believer in the HPs, but considering how much better the Segmented loads shoot, I like them better nowadays. When I can't find the Segmented stuff, I now use Aguila 38gr. HVHPs, which shoot better in my CZs than the MiniMags. I have eight CZ .22LRs, and every single one of them favors the Aguila load. The two Rugers don't seem to care, they shoot everything equally poorly. They is, what they is.
Whatever it is, the load has to be accurate enough for headshots. I have a good supply of the old grey box Winchester truncated cone subsonic hollowpoint that are excellent. Eley SSHP are excellent. The old Winchester Power Points are very good, and I have a good stash of them around here. CCI Small Game Bullet work great and are consistently accurate. Mini Mags are terminally effective, always reliable, but I have never found them to be all that accurate. Mini Mags are always decently accurate, but never the most accurate in my various rifles and handguns. I have a Ruger MKIII Hunter and a MKIV LITE that is sighted in with Mini Mag. Other than those two nothing else shoots them well enough for head shots at longer ranges.
CCI Stingers for raccoons, usually just use the bulk federal 38 grain hp for rabbit.
My CZ's aren't picky but i shoot Norma Tac match or Federal Gold Medal match on head shots for grey squirrels.....Hb
My sporter weight Annie's seem to be more forgiving than the heavy barrel versions. Same with the Savage Annie.
I like SSHPs, whichever one your rifle prefers. I have a fair amount of the RWS, and they do pretty well in my guns and kill well.

I often hear the crack of the HS in the woods, and it’s louder than you might think. The SSs just make a soft pop.
My CZ 452 shoots cheap bulk stuff so well I never thought about subsonic stuff, but you all have me thinking. Great thread…
I have used CCI SV LR for years and it is accurate in ALL my .22s. Have shot a ton of squirrels, with that ammo.
Dinny, was able to help me find some, Hard to Find, CCI .22 Cal. Subsonic lead Hollow Points,
1050 fps. That I was Looking for.

It really works well with a Semi Rural type setting, at the Back end of a Development, and
using a Suppressor!
without a doubt my CZ 453 with a 12x optics is my favorite squirrel rifle.
Eley HVHP-SShp, RWS HVHP-SSHP.SK HVHP-SSHP and CCI 36gHP Anschutz 1415/16 CZ 452american and a 1022 semi bull barrel,,all 3 are bug hole shooters,at 50y 5shot group, head shots are all i shoot,, squirrel gets a pass if it dont show his head,, its a game my hunting pards and I have,, boiler room shots a killers too I kno, its quick dispatch of the game and the perfect shot these are the ammo I prefer,,, all 3 rifles shoot about anything except thunderbolt and golden bullets and will keep those inside a quarter at 50y the SK HVHP could be the best I ever shot,,only a few bricks left,,edit to say dont be afraid of the fiocchi sshp its also a lights out ammo and hits like the hammer of thor
Originally Posted by HunterShooter58
Dinny, was able to help me find some, Hard to Find, CCI .22 Cal. Subsonic lead Hollow Points,
1050 fps. That I was Looking for.

It really works well with a Semi Rural type setting, at the Back end of a Development, and
using a Suppressor!
Neighbor,, check with academy sports,, I was in store this week and they tons of that flavor in stock for $11 a 100ct sleeve
Originally Posted by Sharpshooter97
CCI Stingers for raccoons, usually just use the bulk federal 38 grain hp for rabbit.


Yep. Stingers for any varmint. They kill stuff DRT.
Another one I really like because it's so quite is the discontinued PMC Moderator. Thankfully I saw that coming. wink
Ive got a few hundred Rem CB ( new type ) and CCI quiet.
My 455 doesn't like either.

Way way back had a 572 that did well w Rem.CB shorts ( 15 a brick.....27 yrs ago ).

That was a fun pest popper
Originally Posted by hosfly
Originally Posted by HunterShooter58
Dinny, was able to help me find some, Hard to Find, CCI .22 Cal. Subsonic lead Hollow Points,
1050 fps. That I was Looking for.

It really works well with a Semi Rural type setting, at the Back end of a Development, and
using a Suppressor!
Neighbor,, check with academy sports,, I was in store this week and they tons of that flavor in stock for $11 a 100ct sleeve


Thanks for the tip!
I do appreciate it, as were good to go at this Time!
White box Winchester 36 grain HP's because they are absolutely decisive on the red squirrels around the cottage. I don't like to see stuff kicking around in the leaves after I shoot it and I just want those red squirrels gone and buried. The wife won't eat anything that doesn't come from the store, so everything else gets a pass.
Huntersdog: I really like the Winchester 40 grain hollow-point Power-Points".
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy


Eley and RWS subsonic hp's
My favorite is the cheapest ,22 LR I can find at the store.
CCI subsonic or Quiets. Want to try the segmented subsonics but haven't been able to get any yet
The most accurate ammo that my rifle likes. Typically that’s standard velocity and usually solids. If head shots are used it really doesn’t matter what ammo is used - like others have said.

PennDog
CCI Subsonic HP, Aquila Standard Velocity(really good in my new Bergara BMR) really like shooting suppressed so I don’t use HV to much. Really liked the CCI subsonic Segmented and may have to try to get some more.
Grandpa's old Savage Model 19 loves the CCI SGB round. The Marlin 39a likes the CCI short HPs. If I can't find them, I shoot whatever rather than stay home.
Federal value pack works for me
cci mmhp
SK subsonic, works very well. I will also use CCI mini
I’ve always used CCI Minimags in my 452, but my 457 MTR shoots the Norma TAC-22’s so well, I’m going to try them out on squirrels when I get a chance to site my 452 in for them.

It’s amazing how much better the subsonics usually shoot, for anybody that hasn’t done much testing- when prices come down to somewhat normal levels- you owe it to yourself to try a few different flavors!
Originally Posted by chlinstructor
Originally Posted by Sharpshooter97
CCI Stingers for raccoons, usually just use the bulk federal 38 grain hp for rabbit.


Yep. Stingers for any varmint. They kill stuff DRT.



+1, they kill, love shooting sparrows with them out of the feeder, not much to find
The old winchester Power Points were my favorite, the newer ones don't shoot as well. I killed a bunch of small game and one wounded whitetail with the old ones, Generally for bunnies I use CCI standard vel hps. now For prairie dogs I shoot whatever available ......
I like Winchester Wildcat 40gr plated dynapoints. Cheap, accurate enough at 50 yards, fairly fast, nice hybrid expansion profile.
I use CCI MiniMag solids or Federal High Velocity lead solids (the bulk kind in the blue box).
Federal HPs for me.

The one that shoots the most accurately in the rifle I use..
Originally Posted by VarmintGuy
Huntersdog: I really like the Winchester 40 grain hollow-point Power-Points".
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy

Same here. I get excellent 50 target groups with this ammo.
if I'm carrying my suppressed 22 I like subsonic HPs. SK, RWS and CCI all usually shoot well and perform fine. I do like the flatter trajectory of mini mags though.
If I’m shooting suppressed CCI suppressor 45HP or RWS. If not suppressed I always liked with white box WW hp bulk ammo. But whatever my rifle shots most accurately.
I use both Wolf and Norma Tac 22 40 grain solids, which are both subsonic. Then I use a D Rock tool to hollow point them. Even subsonic they expand in squirrels but dont fragment, and hit with a nice "plop". Both shoot in the .4's (with an occasional flier) out of my Tac Solutions 10/22.

Manny
I usually use CCI standard velocity lead or Federal Match.
What is everyone's acceptable level of accuracy for a hunting round? Taking into consideration head shots on squirrels. What size 5 shot group at 50 yards does your hunting rifle need to shoot in order to be adequate enough to hunt with? Mainly speaking of the rifles and loads each have already mentioned here.
Five shots under a nickel at 50 yards. Somewhere around five shots in 1/2" - 3/4" at 50 yards at most. Any groups bigger than that wouldn't be considered as acceptable for my preferences.
CCI Mini Mag HP in my older Marlin gives dime sized at 50 for head shot nut munchers.

I prefer a ragged hole at 30sh since I rarely shoot 50 yards in the timber.

Winchester Power Point HP have also been very good.
I assumed a dime or nickel. I just bought a Ruger American compact and I'm experimenting. I've tried AE 38 HP, Mini Mags, CCI SV and SK+. I've been over 1" for 5 with all of these. I'm going to try some cheap Remingtons that I have when it warms up a bit. Availability is cramping me right now.
Try some Norma Subsonic or RWS Subsonic. The Norma Tac 22 shoots well in some rifles.
Any idea where I may be able to pick some up? Thanks.
Norma Tac22
Thanks, K22. Damn the shipping, though.
I know. It's getting ridiculous.
CCI Mini Mag. standard velocity with the lead bullet. It is a very forgiving bullet if the head is missed and has a quiet report. I quit hunting our Alaskan snowshoe hares about 20 years ago, but it worked well on head shots. I still pop a few spruce grouse every year from mid August to mid September.

My early 70's made in Belgium Browning T-Bolt shoots them very well, if I do my part.
If you have a Rural King around you- they all seem to have the TAC22 in stock. They aren’t cheap at $90/brick or $8.99/50, but they do shoot great in my CZ’s.

Originally Posted by hillbillyjake
Any idea where I may be able to pick some up? Thanks.
The CCI segmented subsonic hollow points often kill almost as fast as a 17 HMR.
Sk subsonic hp (or eley)
after trying a myriad different .22s in my Marlin M25 over the past 40 years, I've come to the conclusion that the CCI Mini Mag 36 gr. HP's shoot the tightest groups in that particular rifle. However, I recently picked up a Heritage Rough Rider single action revolver......Something to play with for the grand sum of $139 bucks.

This revolver shows a marked preference for the Aguila .22 Super Extra 40 grain solids. Since the rifle shoots darn near anything into a 1/2 inch group at around 50 yards, I ordered 10 boxes from Brownells.

After testing them out in the rifle, I may have a new favorite.
Originally Posted by pertnear
My favorite is the cheapest ,22 LR I can find at the store.

same for me
I like the Federal bulk pack plated hp. Shoots consistently good groups in pistols and rifles, and drops rabbits right now.
been shooting Aguila 40 gr. shot great and kill what i aim at
I have always kind of liked the CCI stingers. I was raised with them and they have never let me down
A short in either in rn or hp.
CCI Stingers
what ever I can find
CCI Blazer as it shoots well in several rigs.
For polite pest control CCI CB

Have shot chucks w Stingers and Yellowjackets. Does help.

But id rather just bump up to .22 mag, and there i run WW HP
I have two CZ 452 that both really like SK Rifle Match. So that's what I use for hunting squirrels and bunnies.
I like various stuff out of several different guns...but more importantly is to get a Neal Waltz HP'r. That way you can make solids more effective terminally.
Originally Posted by VarmintGuy
Huntersdog: I really like the Winchester 40 grain hollow-point Power-Points".
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy

These are some of the most underrated killers out there. They expand perfectly, are accurate as hell, and the 40gr. bullet brings just the right amount of thump without beating up an action or giving that loud ass Stinger/Aguilar snap.

Browning sells the same load/bullet combo under their banner.

The best hunting ammo as far as I'm concerned.
CCI Quiet-22 40 grain always worked well for me
CCI Mini Mag solids.
Eley Tenex mostly. Head shots only = dead critters, including a half dozen groundhogs in the backyard. Don't need any fancy high vel hollow point whiz bangs to kill a small animal if bullet is placed right.
CCI Velocitor without a doubt
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