Rimfire Rifle Chronograph Test Results

By Chuck Hawks and Jim Fleck


For a long time now we have had access to chronographs, first the Gun Club's Oehler with sky screens 10' apart, and later a compact Shooting Chrony self-contained unit. This has allowed us to do a fair amount of chronograph testing. Please remember that these tests were conducted over a period of years using two different chronographs.

Some of the results of that testing are presented below, divided into calibers (.22 LR HV and .17 HMR). The test guns are identified above the chronograph results achieved by that rifle.

Listings are by: Brand, Bullet weight and type - Average instrumental velocity at 10' from muzzle, extreme velocity spread (ES).


.22 Long Rifle High Velocity and Hyper Velocity

Test Rifle: Marlin Golden 39A Mountie, 20" barrel.

  • CCI Stinger, 32 grain HP - 1444 fps Avg, 55 fps ES.
  • CCI Mini-Mag, 36 grain HP - 1240 fps Avg, 59 fps ES.
  • Remington Yellow Jacket, 33 grain TCHP - 1348 fps Avg,115 fps ES.
  • Remington Golden Bullet, 40 grain RN - 1136 fps Avg, 41 fps ES.

Test Rifle: Remington Model 572 Fieldmaster, 24" barrel.

  • CCI Stinger, 32 grain HP - 1403 fps Avg, 12 fps ES.

.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (HMR)

Test Rifle: Ruger Model 77/17VMBBZ, 24" barrel.

  • CCI, 17 grain TNT - 2559 fps Avg, 96 fps ES.
  • Federal V-Shok, 17 grain TNT - 2595 fps Avg, 92 fps ES.
  • Hornady Varmint Express, 17 grain V-MAX - 2658 fps Avg, 77 fps ES.
  • Remington Premier, 17 grain AccuTip-V - 2609 fps Avg, 35 fps ES.



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