tonguengroover wrote: Sat Jan 28, 2023 6:17 pm
Well isin't that because it's just lead and not copper plated? Is pretty cheap. Can we dip the tips in sumpin to stop fouling?
? Do you mean the accuracy or the price?
In any case, neither. Most mid-range and high-end standard velocity .22LRs are plain lead bullets. CCI SV, Norma Tac22, and Eley Target are all plain lead SVs that I've shot a lot of. No big problems with fouling, that I've noticed. I admit I should probably clean my .22s slightly more often, or at least LOOK in the bore before and after each day of shooting! Maybe I'd see it if I looked! I did clean all of them a few weeks ago, and shot two of them last week a little, so I'll look if I get them out for dry-fire practice tonight.
The REALLY expensive target stuff, like Eley Tenex and Lapua X-act (which sell for 50 cents and 75 cents per round respectively) are similar plain lead. Presumably people serious enough about shooting .22 matches to pay those prices aren't going to accept rapid fouling. I've never used these. Eley Target is fancy enough for me! It, and I guess maybe the high end stuff also, has a weird oily lube. I don't know if that works better or worse than the dry, waxy lube on the more plebian cartridges.
I used to be partial to Federal AutoMatch, which is about the only bulk-packed ammo I tried successfully (didn't try a huge variety, admittedly, mostly a couple of flavors of Winchester, IIRC) which is a high-velocity with plain bullet. They claim 1200 fps which is on the low end for claims of velocity in HV .22s, by a little. I'm pretty sure it's supersonic from my 10" MkII but subsonic from my 5.5" barrel, based on the snap I hear. I used to shoot a lot of it out of the 10", which was when I decided the plan was "clean only when accuracy degrades." The fact that the accuracy did degrade after a few hundred rounds may indicate that it fouls a little. Worse than others? Not sure. I'm too careless to keep track.
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