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22LR Match Grade Ammo

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22LR match grade ammo

In the world of precision shooting, where every fraction of an inch can make the difference between victory and defeat, the choice of ammunition is paramount. For those who participate in competitive shooting sports like smallbore rifles or rimfire benchrests, the search for the perfect .22LR match-grade ammo is a never-ending quest. These shooters understand that precision, consistency, and reliability are non-negotiable when achieving tight groupings and pinpoint accuracy. 

This blog will delve into the fascinating realm of .22LR match-grade ammunition. We’ll explore what it is, the different bullet types available, and take a closer look at some of the best options on the market. 

What Is Match-Grade Ammo?

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Match-grade ammo is manufactured for precision shooting and competition-level accuracy.

This ammunition is specifically designed and manufactured for precision shooting competitions. Whether it’s bullseye shooting, benchrest shooting, or long-range precision shooting, the demands these sports place on ammunition are exceptionally high. Manufacturers meticulously crafted match-grade ammo to meet these demands, offering shooters a level of consistency and accuracy beyond what standard ammunition provides. 

Key Characteristics of Match-Grade Ammo

22LR Match Grade Ammo

Now, let’s explore some of the top .22LR match-grade ammunition options available on the market:

Wolf Match Target/Extra (Made by Eley)

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We don’t care who it’s made by, Wolf Performance offers a lot of bang for the buck.

Eley, a renowned name in the world of rimfire ammunition, manufactures Wolf Match Target ammunition. There are two versions, Match Target, and Extra Match. What’s the difference? Match Target works in a variety of barrel lengths, providing excellent accuracy out to 100 yards. Match Extra does the same, with added stability for increased accuracy.

Both versions of this ammunition have great consistency and reliability, making them a popular choice among competitive shooters. It features a 40-grain lead round-nose bullet and features tight velocity spreads, ensuring predictable shot placement. The clean-burning powder and consistent primers contribute to its reputation as a top-tier match-grade ammo.

Caliber Bullet Type Bullet Weight Velocity (Muzzle) Energy (Muzzle) 50 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 75 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 100 Yards (Velocity/Energy)
.22LR LRN 40gr 1,050 FPS 98 FT LBS 960 FPS/82 FT LBS 935 FPS/78 FT LBS 898 FPS/72 FT LBS

CCI Green Tag 22

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Competition rifle and pistol shooters appreciate the performance of CCI Green Tag 22LR match-grade ammo.

CCI, a trusted name in the ammunition industry, offers the CCI GT22 for precision shooters. This ammunition is designed with a 40-grain round-nose bullet and is known for its excellent reliability and consistent performance. Shooters appreciate its tight groups and minimal velocity deviation. CCI’s reputation for quality control ensures that GT22 consistently meets the demands of competitive shooting.

Caliber Bullet Type Bullet Weight Velocity (Muzzle) Energy (Muzzle) 50 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 75 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 100 Yards (Velocity/Energy)
.22LR LRN 40gr 1,070 FPS 102 FT LBS 977 FPS/85 FT LBS 940 FPS/79 FT LBS 908 FPS/73 FT LBS

ELEY Tenex

a photo of ELEY Tenex competition 22LR ammo

ELEY Tenex is the rimfire ammo of choice for many gold-medal competition athletes.

Many consider ELEY Tenex the gold standard of .22LR match ammunition. If you’re looking for tight groups on a bull’s eye, it’s hard to find a better-performing option. Many Olympic-level shooters use it and it holds numerous world records. ELEY’s Tenex features a 40-grain flat-nosed bullet they specifically designed for supreme accuracy. This ammo has its ultra-consistent velocities, minimal fouling, and remarkable precision. Shooters seeking the absolute best performance often turn to ELEY Tenex.

Caliber Bullet Type Bullet Weight Velocity (Muzzle) Energy (Muzzle) 50 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 75 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 100 Yards (Velocity/Energy)
.22LR LFN 40gr 1,040 FPS 96 FT LBS 971 FPS/84 FT LBS 934 FPS/77 FT LBS 901 FPS/72 FT LBS

Lapua Super Long-Range

a photo of super long range Lapua 22LR match grade ammo

There’s long-range, and then there’s Super Long-Range Lapua 22LR match-grade ammo for the win.

Lapua, a Finnish manufacturer known for its precision ammunition, offers the Super Long Range line of .22LR match ammo. This cartridge differs from the standard long-range option by adding a flatter trajectory, with increased stability for hitting targets past 100 yards.

This ammunition is ideal for those who compete in long-range rimfire competitions. With a 40-grain bullet and superb quality control, Lapua Super Long Range maintains consistency and accuracy even at extended distances. It’s a favorite among shooters who demand top-notch performance in long-range shooting. 

Caliber Bullet Type Bullet Weight Velocity (Muzzle) Energy (Muzzle) 50 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 75 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 100 Yards (Velocity/Energy)
.22LR LRN 40gr 1,106 FPS 108 FT LBS 1,032 FPS/95 FT LBS 999 FPS/89 FT LBS 968 FPS/83 FT LBS

Norma Xtreme LR-22

a photo of patented Norma Xtreme LR-22 ammo

The patented bullet design in Norma Xtreme LR-22 provides a flat and stable trajectory for distances.

Norma, another respected ammunition manufacturer, produces the Xtreme LR-22 ammunition for competitive shooters. Some of the marketing claims for this round have been a bit over the top,  however, its accuracy is exceptional. This ammo features a 43-grain round-nose lead bullet and maintains consistency and accuracy. Shooters appreciate the low-velocity spreads and reliable performance, making it a competitive choice in the world of .22LR match ammo.

Caliber Bullet Type Bullet Weight Velocity (Muzzle) Energy (Muzzle) 50 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 75 Yards (Velocity/Energy) 100 Yards (Velocity/Energy)
.22LR LRN 43gr 1,165 FPS 130 FT LBS 1,089 FPS/113 FT LBS 1,054 FPS/106 FT LBS 1,005 FPS/96 FT LBS

.22LR Bullet Types

The .22LR cartridge is popular in precision shooting for its low recoil, affordability, and availability. Within the world of .22LR ammunition, there are several bullet types to consider, each with its own characteristics:

What’s The Best Match Grade Ammo?

a photo of a man shooting a rimfire rifle

22LR Match Grade Ammo: When accuracy and precision matter most, elevate performance with match-grade ammo.

Selecting the best .22LR match-grade ammo is crucial for precision shooters. Match-grade ammunition offers the consistency and accuracy needed to excel in competitive shooting sports. Various options are available, including Wolf Match Target, CCI GT22, ELEY Tenex, Lapua Super Long Range, and Norma Xtreme LR-22. The ultimate choice depends on your individual preferences and specific shooting needs. 

That’s not to say it’s the best option for every situation. Backyard plinkers know buying the cheap stuff in bulk is the best way to get reps in and practice. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or just getting started in precision shooting, investing in high-quality match-grade ammunition can improve your accuracy and elevate your performance on the range or in competition.

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