Which Type (not brand) of 22 Mag Ammo Are You Using?

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Trey Whitley

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I look forward to trying out specific brands to see what works in the all-weather 77/22 I just bought, but I'm curious what types of ammo, not necessarily brands, you guys are using (40-grain, high-velocity 30-grain, V-Max, TNT, hollow point, soft point, etc.) and what you're using it for (coyotes, varmints, plinking, etc.).

I'm going to buy some Fiochi to have some less expensive plinking ammo…it's about $0.15/round bought in bulk from MidwayUSA. But I also want some opinions on ammo suitable for coyotes.
 

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While I know a 22 mag will work on 'yotes,, I do hope it won't be the primary caliber you choose.
However, I'd use a 40 grn solid point as the best choice.
Just remember,, shot placement is critical.
 

mattsbox99

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.22 WMR flattens 'yotes just fine.

I'm shooting the V Max and Accutip from Hornady and Remington. They are very accurate and make 'yotes and ringtails do back flips.
 

Trey Whitley

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Thanks guys. By no means is this intended to be a dedicated coyote rifle. I've wanted a 22 Mag since I was a kid but never had any use to justify the increased cost of ammo. Now I have the means to not worry about ammo cost as much, but still no serious justification...

Our lease is a little over-run with coyotes right now. The last two I saw nearly ran me over while they were running down a dry creek bed looking for water (literally- I yelled at one when he was within 5 feet so he'd see me) and I'm sure any I shot would be called within 50 yards.

I think there are more ammunition choices than I expected to see, so I appreciate the input on selection.
 
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I have good luck on Coyotes at 50-70 yds with Winchester Super X 40gr FMJ in my Marlin .22 Mag. Furthest I've had one run was 20 yds or so before he dropped.
I use the solids as contender said above.
http://www.winchester.com/products/catalog/rimfiredetail.aspx?symbol=X22M&bn=1

They push around 1910 fps and 324 ft/lbs of energy @ the muzzle and carry around 1326 fps and 156 ft/lbs on out at 100 yds.

That being said , best thing to do would be to be buy a box each of a bunch of different ammo and see what shoots best in your particular rifle, as shot placement is critical if you're gonna be using a .22 Mag on them 'yotes. Around here I have to camo up head to toe and call 'em in close. They are pretty wary critters in my neck of the woods.
 

Rick Courtright

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Hi,

40 gr HP is what I shoot most of. (Edited to correct weight: brain f--- caused me to list my favorite .22 LR, not Mag. bullet.)

I kill a little paper, a few ground squirrels, and a LOT of cans w/ it.

Where we are most likely to find coyotes in my neighborhood (that we can shoot at!), a .223 or better is pretty much the "right" choice. They tend to stay "out there" further than I'd trust a rimfire to do the job well.

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Like many .22s, my WRMs vary in what they like to eat. My Savage M24 likes Win 40 gr. hollow points best; my Savage 93M "Classic" likes Rem 30 gr "premiums" best, my Colt "New Frontier's" WRM cylinder likes 40 gr. HPs, and my S&W 651 4" likes .22 WRFs better than any WRM, although it likes the Win 40 gr HPs best of the WRMS.

I have killed several coyotes very dead with the original 1959 WRM, the 40gr hollow point. None were more than 60 yards away, and none went more than 20 feet. Never shot one with a .22 WRM handgun, tho.

BTW the .22 WRM rounds made now seem to me much more accurate than they were in the early 1960s, including the original 40-grainers.
 

Trey Whitley

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Thanks again guys. I fully intend to try various brands of ammo in this rifle, just wanted some ideas on what bullet type to start with. Looks like most people are having good results with various 40-grain bullets, so I'll start there and then try out some of the more exotic types.
 

I_Like_Pie

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CCI Maxi-Mag HP are my "go to" magnum cartridges. 40gr. at around 1800 does all I need for mid range varmenting.

There are faster ones out there, but these are still my favorite.
 

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I don't have a Ruger . 22 mag but my Savage likes the Rem 33gr. Vmax. No coyotes yet but its taken two fox at 100 plus and killed them very dead..... right now....dropped them.
 

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