My 22 Keeps Jamming

CCI Standard Velocity 22 Box

CCI Standard Velocity 22 Box

My 22 Keeps Jamming, My 22 Rifle Keeps Jamming, My 22 Pistol Keeps Jamming  are the most often made statements on the .22 forum.

                       So you drive to the range with your shiny new .22 rifle and a brick of .22 ammo you purchased at the time of the rifle purchase. You setup your targets, you load your magazines, you get into position, line up your sights or crosshairs on the target, pull the trigger, bang you fire your first shot. Once again you get on target, pull the trigger and click, nothing happens. You examine the .22 rifle and you notice one of several things happened.
  1. Previous round never ejected
  2. Bolt never moved the next round out of the magazine and into the chamber.
  3. Next round didn’t fully chamber
  4. Round is chambered but did not fire
  5. Previous spent casing is trapped in the action
  6. Next round is out of position in the chamber.
All of the above issues can lead to a very bad day at the shooting range and frustration and disappoinment with your new .22 rifle. The natural first path to diagnosing the trouble is a magazine swap. Again disappoinment in your new .22 rifle.
So what’s the cause of the problem you ask? Two stories first.
When I turned 21 and got my pistol permit I bought a Smith&Wesson 422 pistol. I grew to despise that pistol because it rarely fired more than once in a row. Fast forward  a couple years later I bought an AR15 .22 conversion kit for my Colt Sporter Match HBAR. that too was a disappointment and pretty much a single shot rifle. Now unfortunately at that time there was no internet to seek for help. I was pretty much left to my own devices and with advice from friends and fellow shooters. None of which had any experience with an AR15 and most had little or no experience with semi-automatic .22 pistols.
It wasn’t until a couple years later shooting with a friend that I learned what my problem was. The problem was the ammunition. His CCI .22 ammunition functioned nearly flawlessly in both guns. The thing was I was living off the same two types of .22 ammunition for years. Years earlier my dad had come across an outstanding deal on Remington Thunderbolt .22 ammunition. He bough cases of it, 30,000 rounds. Our Marlin Model 60 devoured it without hardly an issue. Insult to injury I bought a few bricks of Winchester cheap .22 ammo for the 422 and later to be used with my AR15. Guess what? Ammunition lasts a long time when your .22 will only fire one round at a time.
The short answer to “My 22 Rifle Keeps Jamming” is you need to find what ammunition works best in your .22. Now don’t think you need to run out and buy the most expensive .22 ammunition on the market. I learned that even guns like my Smith&Wesson Model .41 will not digest many premium brands and types of ammunitions.
So now your thinking what can be so different about one brand or another of .22 ammunition? First off many types of .22 ammunition were developed before the landscape was filled with semi-automatic .22 rifles and handguns. The semi-automatics that have been around the longest like the Marlin model 60, Ruger 10/22, Ruger Mark and Browning Buckmark pistols will often embarass new owners of modern .22’s.
While .22 ammunition is made to industry specifications the individual design of the .22 ammunition brands and categories varies greatly. Details such as pressure curves, primer material, rim design and hardness, coatings and bullet shapes all affect function and if you have or plan on having more than one .22 dont be surprised if you do not find a single .22 ammunition that feeds reliably in all your .22’s. Dont forget you dont just want a reliable .22 ammunition you also want accurate .22 ammunition.
What .22 ammunition do I shoot? Well I have a little bit of everything. Typically though I suggest to folks start with Federal bulk ammunition (not American Eagle), the cheap stuff. If that doesnt work move up a few grades. I use the Federal Gold Medal more often than not. I keep a lot of standard velocity CCI, CCI GreenTag and Federal Gold medal match on hand as well. I also have every type of RWS. I have found some to be very reliabe and accurate but the ammunition is less universal across my .22’s. It’s also important to note there are lot variations in ammunition. It seems more noticable in bulk .22 ammunition
After you shoot a few thousand rounds through your .22 rifle or pistol and break it in it’s always worth trying ammunition that didn’t work previously.
By the way I recomend every .22 shooter own a .22 bolt action rifle or .22 revolver to use the .22 ammunition that does not function in your semi-automatics. See what I did there? I helped justify another .22 purchase.

My 22 Keeps Jamming, My 22 Rifle Keeps Jamming, My 22 Pistol Keeps Jamming


308 Match Ammo

.308 Winchester 7.62×51 Match Ammunition:

Below is a list of 13 brands and styles of 168gr .308 Winchester Premium Match Ammunition. This extensive collection will be used to accuracy benchmark the ammunition and several .308 pattern AR rifles DPMS LR-308 and similar.


Federal Premium Gold Medal Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail

GM308M $36.99/20

These extraordinary loads combine the legendary Sierra MatchKing bullet with Federal’s proven quality standards and stringent manufacturing controls to create a round that is as accurate as a match load, but available from the factory. This ammunition is non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable brass cases.

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2600 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2521 ft. lbs.
Federal Gold Medal Match 308

Federal Premium Gold Medal Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail


Hornady Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail Moly

80973 $25.99/20

Content

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2503 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2336 ft. lbs.

 

Hornady Match 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail Moly

Hornady Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail Moly


Hornady Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain A-Max

8096 $26.00/20

This ammunition is custom-grade from the factory, loaded to stringent specifications to guarantee proper ignition and provide consistent, match-winning, pinpoint accuracy, shot after shot. Performs as well or better than handloads.

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2700 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2719 ft. lbs.
Hornady Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail

Hornady Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain A-Max


Hornady Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail

8097 $25.99/20

Hornady Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail

Hornady Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail


Hornady TAP Personal Defense Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Polymer Tip Point

80968 $29.95/20

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2700 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2719 ft. lbs.
Hornady TAP Personal Defense Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Polymer Tip Point

Hornady TAP Personal Defense Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Polymer Tip Point


Black Hills Gold Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hornady A-Max

1C308BHGN2 $29.99/20

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2650 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2619 ft lbs
Black Hills Gold Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hornady A-Max

Black Hills Gold Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hornady A-Max


Black Hills Gold Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Barnes Triple-Shock X Bullets Hollow Point Flat Base Lead-Free

1C308BHGN1 $34.83/20

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2650 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2620 ft lbs
Black Hills Gold Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Barnes Triple-Shock X Bullets Hollow Point Flat Base Lead-Free

Black Hills Gold Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Barnes Triple-Shock X Bullets Hollow Point Flat Base Lead-Free


Black Hills Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Match Hollow Point Boat Tail

D308N1 $24.95/20

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2650 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2620 ft lbs
Black Hills Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Match Hollow Point Boat Tail

Black Hills Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Match Hollow Point Boat Tail


Prvi Partizan Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Match

PP-3.21 $14.95/20

Since 1928, Prvi Partizan has been producing custom ammunition in Serbia for competition, indoor ranges and big game hunting. Like the hollow point rounds, the Match line of ammunition was designed for competition when accuracy is required at both short and long distances. Reloadable brass cases feature Boxer primers. This ammunition is non-corrosive.

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2608 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2537 ft lbs
Prvi Partizan Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Match

Prvi Partizan Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Match


Remington Premier Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point

21485 $28.47/20

Premier Match ammunition employs special loading practices to ensure world-class performance and accuracy with every shot.

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2680 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2678 ft. lbs
Remington Premier Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point

Remington Premier Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point


Winchester Supreme Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail Match

S308M $36.49/20

Winchester Supreme Match ammunition features a special Nosler boattail bullet design with Spiveco/J4 jacket for unmatched concentricity and uniformity to deliver reduced drag and improved down range velocity and accuracy. This ammunition is non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2680 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2680 ft. lbs
Winchester Supreme Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail Match

Winchester Supreme Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail Match


Winchester Supreme Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Ballistic Silvertip

SBST308A $33.99/20

The solid base boat tail design and special jacket contours of Winchester Supreme Ballistic Silvertip ammunition deliver excellent long-range accuracy with reduced cross-wind drift. The Lubalox coated Ballistic Silvertip bullet is designed to deliver rapid expansion and fragmentation in varmint-size game calibers and controlled expansion and penetration over long ranges in deer-size game calibers. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

  • Muzzle Velocity: 2670 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 2659 ft. lbs
Winchester Supreme Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Ballistic Silvertip

Winchester Supreme Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Ballistic Silvertip


Cor-Bon Performance Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Sierra Hollow Point Boat Tail

PM308168 $36.49/20

Cor-Bon Performance Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Sierra Hollow Point Boat Tail

Cor-Bon Performance Match Ammunition 308 Winchester 168 Grain Sierra Hollow Point Boat Tail

 


308 Match Ammo