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#3266390 - 06/11/13 10:51 PM Best 22 LR for Bentz barrels?
TNlandowner
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I recently upgraded my Ruger 10/22 with a E.R. Shaw's "Bentz chambered", 18" heavy (.920) barrel, with 1:16" twist.

I'm looking for the best ammo for this setup. Obviously, 22LR ammo selection is horrible now, but I have time to discover the best ammo.

Thanks for any tips,
Jim

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#3266966 - 06/12/13 06:44 PM Re: Best 22 LR for Bentz barrels? [Re: TNlandowner]
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Reckon it depends on what you want to do with it plus it seems a lot of .22s prefer different ammo. My 10/22 with Volquartsen barrel shoots nearly everything well-even the cheaper(used to be!) bulk stuff. When I want to shoot the utmost smallest groups I use Federal Gold Medal Ultra Match 1080, Eley Tenex, RWS R50, or similar. Most of my ammo is old and some isn't available anymore. The newer stuff that seems to work fairly well is Wolf in a couple of different favors. The Lapua stuff is good too and I have shot a bit of it in the past. I use my 10/22 for squirrel hunting and use subsonic hps pretty much exclusively. I have used RWS, Eley, Lapua, Remington, and a couple of others. The Remington shoots almost as good out of my rifle as the other ammo costing 3-4x more. So I use Remington- when I miss it is because I missed- not the rifle or ammo. Big is shooting some great targets with his CZs so he will probably be along to opine.
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#3266970 - 06/12/13 06:51 PM Re: Best 22 LR for Bentz barrels? [Re: Plateau Hunter]
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Shoot as many different brands/types as possible.I had a 10/22 with a Volquartsen barrel and it shot the 525 round bulk boxes of Federal better then any "match" ammo I shot through it.
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#3267060 - 06/12/13 08:49 PM Re: Best 22 LR for Bentz barrels? [Re: paincave_2000]
mr.big
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I really like SK Standard Plus and Wolf M/T ,which is supposedly the exact same ammo from Lapua,,either shoots plenty good for practice targets,,on Match type days depending on the weather I use Eley Match Black Box above 50 degrees and either RWS 100 or Lapua Midas Plus in colder temps,

but I will cabbage on just about anything if I see it in stock,my 452 Ultra Lux will shoot anything good enough to just shoot.
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#3267368 - 06/13/13 11:07 AM Re: Best 22 LR for Bentz barrels? [Re: mr.big]
TNlandowner
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thanks, I'm ready to see how the new rifle performs.
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#3289824 - 07/12/13 07:28 PM Re: Best 22 LR for Bentz barrels? [Re: TNlandowner]
TNlandowner
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Tested accuracy of the Ruger 10/22 rifle with E.R. Shaw barrel today. Supported by a sandbag, I fired 5 round groups at 50 yards.

Best ammo: Eley Edge (40 gr. lead) actually fired 15 rounds into a 0.865" group.

runner up: Winchester "Xpert 22" (36 gr. lead). This was cheap bulk ammo, but the gun loved it. 5 rds - 1.140"

Didn't perform as well:
Federal Premium HV Match (40 gr.) 5 rds - 1.640" Folks at E.R. Shaw warned me against HV rounds. My 18" barrel has a 1-16" twist. This ammo would probably be much better in a different rifle.
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