Rimfire Rifles and Loads

By Chuck Hawks


I have owned and tested quite a few rimfire sporting rifles. It would be impossible to list them all, or the loads that each preferred, but here are some examples of rifles 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 rifles. I have listed the brand, type of bullet, and the velocity for all cartridges. The muzzle velocity (MV) for the loads listed below are taken from the manufacturer's ballistics tables.

Individual rifles 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 rifle when changing bullet weights or brands of factory ammunition.


.17 Mach 2

Rifle: Anschutz 1502 D HB bolt action; varmint rifle.
Varmint load: Hornady with 17 grain V-MAX bullet. MV 2,100 fps.

.17 HMR

Rifle: Anschutz 1717 D KL MC bolt action; sporter.
Varmint load: Remington Premier Gold Box with 17 grain AccuTip-V bullet. MV 2,550 fps.

Rifle: CZ 452-2E American bolt action; sporter.
Varmint load: CCI with 17 grain Speer TNT bullet. MV 2,525 fps.

Rifle: Henry Golden Boy lever action; sporter.
Varmint load: Remington Premier Gold Box with 17 grain AccuTip-V bullet. MV 2,550 fps.

Rifle: Marlin Model 917VS bolt action; varmint rifle.
Varmint load: Hornady Varmint Express with 17 grain V-MAX bullet. MV 2,550 fps.

Rifle: Remington Model 504-T LS HB bolt action; varmint rifle.
Varmint load: Federal Premium with 17 grain Speer TNT bullet. MV 2,550 fps.

Rifle: Ruger Target Grey K77/17VMBBZ bolt action; varmint rifle.
Varmint load: Hornady Varmint Express with 17 grain V-MAX bullet. MV 2,550 fps.

Rifle: Savage Model 93R17-BTVS bolt action; varmint rifle.
Varmint load: CCI with 17 grain Speer TNT bullet. MV 2,525 fps.

Rifle: Savage Model 93R17-BVSS bolt action; varmint rifle.
Varmint load: Remington Premier Gold Box with 17 grain AccuTip-V bullet. MV 2,550 fps.

Rifle: Stevens Favorite Model 30R17 falling block action; sporter.
Varmint load: Remington Premier Gold Box with 17 grain AccuTip-V bullet. MV 2,550 fps.

T/C Contender G2 break-open action; sporter.
Varmint load: Remington Premier Gold Box with 17 grain AccuTip-V bullet. MV 2,550 fps.

Rifle: Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall falling block action; sporter.
Varmint load: Remington Premier Gold Box with 17 grain AccuTip-V bullet. MV 2,550 fps.


.22 Long Rifle

Rifle: Browning A-Bolt Medallion bolt action; sporter.
Hunting load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 36 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,280 fps.

Rifle: CZ Model 452 Lux bolt action; sporter.
Hunting load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 36 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,280 fps.

Rifle: Marlin Golden 39M Mountie lever action; sporter.
Hunting load: CCI "Mini-Mag" high velocity with 36 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,280 fps.

Rifle: Marlin Model 60 semi-automatic; sporter.
Hunting load: Remington "Golden Bullet" High Velocity with 36 grain plated HP bullet. MV 1,280 fps.

Rifle: Remington Nylon 66 semi-automatic; sporter.
Hunting load: Remington "Golden Bullet" High Velocity with 36 grain plated HP bullet. MV 1,280 fps.

Rifle: Stevens 22/410 O/U break-open; combination gun.
Hunting load: Winchester Super-X high velocity with 37 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,280 fps.

Rifle: Winchester Model 77 semi-automatic; sporter.
Hunting load: Winchester Super-X high velocity with 37 grain copper-plated HP bullet. MV 1,280 fps.


.22 WMR (Magnum)

Rifle: Kodiak semi-automatic; sporter.
Hunting load: Winchester Super-X with 40 grain JHP bullet. MV 1,910 fps.

Rifle: Mossberg Model 640-K bolt action; varmint rifle.
Varmint load: Winchester Super-X with 40 grain JHP bullet. MV 1,910 fps.

Rifle: Savage Model 24 .22 WMR/20 ga. O/U break-open; combination gun.
Small game load: Winchester .22 WRF with 45 grain copper-plated LFN bullet. MV 1300 fps.
Varmint load: Winchester Super-X with 40 grain JHP bullet. MV 1,910 fps.




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