The Ultimate .22lr Ammo Review

Many shooters absolutely love their .22 rifle. Which makes sense – it’s a fantastic firearm.

However, despite this love for the firearm, many shooters are unsure of which ammo is right for theirs. As a result, many people end up with lots of different kinds, and use them interchangeably each time they go to a range.

But which type is truly the best? Which types are the most accurate? And which types of ammo do you just need to kick to the curb this second?

You’re about to find out.

Our friends at Two Amendments have put together a handy .22lr Ammo Review that’ll help you understand which ammunition is truly the best for your rifle.  Here are the details:


We, like many people, have a .22 rifle. We also, like many people, have a few different kinds of ammo for said rifle. Ever wonder which were the most accurate and which were the least? We did too. The plan is to shoot controlled groups of each type of ammo and gather some, admittedly anecdotal, evidence of accuracy (or consistency in this case) out of each.


We are shooting groups of 5 shots with each cartridge. Hopefully 10 or more groups over time to get a good average. This will be done by the same shooter each time, with the same rifle (Savage Mark II), at the same distance (50 yards), with as similar wind conditions as possible.

The same setup will be used each time, with the front of the rifle resting on a bag and the rear being shouldered by the shooter. This should lend some consistency to the results if nothing else. A rear rest would be desirable but we have an affinity for practical accuracy rather than ‘best achievable’ accuracy.

Any called fliers by the shooter are allowed a re-shoot and will be disregarded when measuring group size. This will help keep the influence of our poor marksmanship to a minimum. Groups are measured center to center of two farthest apart shots in the group via digital calipers.