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04-05-2004, 11:29 PM
I don't know if anyone has posted about this ammo, but I just got a box to try at the range and they are extremely impressive in my Marlin 880SS!!! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-shootin-green.gif
I currently use Winchester Wildcats and have had good results at the range and at the field--1.5" to 2" 10-round groups--at 50 yds. But when you start stretching that distance out, bullet drop gets drastic. Forget about pin-point accuracy at 100yds--6"-7" groups, 4"-7" low--ain't gonna happen.
Without adjusting my scope, the Stingers grouped 1.5" and 4" high at 50 yds. At 100yds, however, I got 2.5" groups and 0.5" high (on average)!!! I can't wait to try these on long distance Jacks.
The Stingers are definitely premium cartriges worth the price!
I also tried a 100-box of CCI Mini-Mags and they edged out the Wildcats in terms of tighter/consistent groups at 50yds, but opened up just the same at 100yds.
I'll probably go out with two clips next time I go Jack hunting: Mini-Mags for up to 60 yds, and Stingers for shots up to 115 yds.
I know there are some here that can shoot a fly's whiskers at 50yds with any ammo, but being an average shooter I need all the help I can get!! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/two-cents.gif
04-06-2004, 03:21 AM
Nice to see Stinger's working well for you. I have never has alot of luck with them. I once had a Ruger 10/22 that loved them but have never had any luck since. (20 years!) Every once in a while I'll have a rifle that seems to shoot them well but as time went on, and I fired more and more groups, I noticed that they didn't perform as well as I intiially thought. I used to think that Stingers were exceptionally "Lot Sensitive" meaning, that there was alot of difference from batch to batch. I recently tested a 1-18" twist prototype barrel that was designed for Stingers. PMI of this forum had wrung it out and pronounced it a poor performer so I gave it a go in my 96. With Stingers the groups were terrible: 2+" at 50 yards. I switched to CCI mini mags and fired these two 10 shot groups. You never can tell! Have fun! ~AMMOe
04-06-2004, 07:31 AM
WOW AMMOe!!! You're one of those guys I was talking about--being able to shoot a fly's whiskers at 50yds!!! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-bowdown-purple.gif
I'm still trying to get tight groups like that! And you're right about the Mini-Mags. Even with my average shooting I can see its potential--and you've shown me the potential.
I've been hearing alot about the Rifle Basix trigger for the Marlin so I might swap mine out with one of them to get a lighter pull and reduce the creep--just on the expensive side though. But if I can tighten my group like your photo (I really would have thought that wasa 3-shot group) it might be worth it. Right now my 880SS is all stock, except for a 4x32 Simmons scope.
In regards to the Stingers, I still think they would come in handy for distance shots up to and a little over 100yds for Jacks. I will be trying them out this weekend--wish me luck!!! Maybe I can get a Jack for Easter!!! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-shootin-green.gif
Thanks for your inspirational groups!!! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbs-up-ani.gif
04-06-2004, 10:14 AM
I had a thought: If Stingers shoot so well in your gun you might want to try CCI "Velocitor" ammo. They are pretty accurate in most guns tho a little more pricey than Stingers. They have a 40 grain bullet at 1430 ft/sec. Pretty hot! Another fast mover is the Aguila "Super Maximum" 22LR. This is a 30 grain bullet at 1750 ft/sec. (Almost 200 ft/lbs muzzle energy) Some early tests with this ammo showed it was even more tempermental than the Stingers but I talked to the man who designed the cartridge and he said he changed the center or gravity on the bullet late last year for increased accuracy. Now it shoots 3/4", 10 shot groups from that 96 Ruger and slightly better from my Brno#1 sporter.
Btw: Shooting a heavy barreled 22 with a 10X scope from sandbags isn't too great a feat. Thanks for the kind words anyhow! ~AMMOe
04-07-2004, 10:46 PM
BTW AMMOe, Do you know what that silicone-like substance around the top part of the Stinger casing? I 'm assuming its some lube of sorts. Whatever it is it jams a casing in the breech once in a while during extraction, but I can use my thumbnail to ease the casing back to clear the chamber. This only happens with the Stingers. Would scraping the coating off affect its performance? Anyway, I thought I'd ask.
04-08-2004, 07:04 AM
EMSF: Lube would be my guess. Try scraping it off and see what happens. (Then let us know!) ~AMMOe
04-08-2004, 08:11 AM
I thought it was a wax type lube too???
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