Rimfire Handguns and Loads

By Chuck Hawks


I have owned and tested quite a few rimfire handguns. It would be impossible to list them all, or the loads that each preferred, but here are some examples of pistols and the load(s) that were used in each.

I have done quite a bit of rimfire load testing and most of these loads have done well in a number of handguns. I have listed the brand, type of bullet, and the velocity for all loads. The muzzle velocity (MV) for the loads listed below are taken from manufacturer's ballistics tables.

Individual handguns will often give different (sometimes surprisingly different) velocities from the same load, so the figures quoted should be viewed as approximate. Note that it is usually necessary to re-zero a pistol when changing bullet weights or brands of factory ammunition.





.22 Long Rifle


Pistol: Browning Buckmark Varmint, 9" barrel.

Practice load: Federal High Velocity with 40 grain copper-plated LRN bullet. MV 1,060 fps.


Revolver: Colt Diamondback, 6" barrel.

Practice load: Remington "Golden Bullet" High Velocity with 40 grain plated LRN bullet. MV 1,060 fps.

Hunting load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 36 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,085 fps.


Revolver: Colt New Frontier, 4 3/8" barrel.

Hunting load: Winchester Super-X high velocity with 37 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,085 fps.


Revolver: Colt Trooper Mk. III, 4" barrel.

General Purpose load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 36 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,085 fps.


Pistol: Mitchell/High Standard Victor II, 6" barrel.

Practice load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 40 grain copper-plated LRN bullet. MV 1,060 fps.

Target load: CCI "Green Tag" with 40 grain LRN bullet. MV 940 fps.


Revolver: North American Arms Black Widow Convertible, 2" barrel.

Practice load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 40 grain copper-plated LRN bullet. MV 1,060 fps.


Pistol: Ruger Standard Model Pistol, 6" barrel.

Practice load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 40 grain copper-plated LRN bullet. MV 1,060 fps.


Pistol: Ruger Mk. II Competition Model Pistol, 6 7/8" barrel.

Practice load: Winchester Super-X high velocity with 40 grain copper-plated LRN bullet. MV 1,060 fps.


Revolver: Ruger Super Single Six Convertible, 6.5" barrel.

Hunting load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 36 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,085 fps.


Pistol: S&W Model 622 semi-automatic, 4.5" barrel.

General purpose load: Remington Yellow Jacket hyper velocity with 33 grain plated TCHP bullet. MV 1,125 fps (estimated).

 

.22 WMR (Magnum)


Revolver: Colt New Frontier, 4 3/8" barrel.

General Purpose load: Winchester Super-X with 40 grain JHP bullet. MV 1,425 fps.


Revolver: North American Arms Black Widow Convertible, 2" barrel.

Defense/Carry load: Winchester Super-X with 40 grain JHP bullet. MV 1,425 fps.


Revolver: Ruger Super Single Six Convertible, 6.5" barrel.

Hunting load: Winchester Super-X with 40 grain JHP bullet. MV 1,425 fps.




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