CCI COP­PER AMM0

American Survival Guide - - LAUNCH FAMILY -

The .22 Long Ri­fle car­tridges have changed very lit­tle over the years. Some of the pop­u­lar .22 loads from 20 years ago are still found on the shelves to­day.

The .22 round has been some sim­i­lar com­bi­na­tion of cas­ing, primer, pow­der and lead pro­jec­tile. There re­ally wasn’t much room for change in how much pow­der could be used or how heavy the lead pro­jec­tile could be loaded.

That is, un­til CCI in­tro­duced its new Cop­per am­mu­ni­tion.

CCI adopted poly­mer and cop­per dust tech­nol­ogy in its new pro­jec­tile, which weighs in at about half the weight of stan­dard lead coun­ter­parts. What this trans­lates to is a ve­loc­ity of more than 1,850 feet per sec­ond. How­ever, the trade-off is long-range per­for­mance. The round will be op­ti­mal at ranges out to about 50 yards, but be­cause the bul­let lacks the ex­tra mass of lead, it starts to peter out. Ve­loc­i­ties will be no­tice­ably higher in ri­fle-length bar­rels than in pis­tol-length bar­rels.

One noteworthy con­sid­er­a­tion is re­li­a­bil­ity. Many mod­ern semi­auto ri­fles have re­coil springs meant to han­dle stan­dard, high- and hy­per-ve­loc­ity lead rounds. The lighter CCI Cop­per am­mu­ni­tion might not func­tion per­fectly in these ri­fle and pis­tol re­coil cy­cles. How­ever, when the CCI Cop­per was paired with the Ruger Amer­i­can Tar­get’s bolt ac­tion, it did not in­duce a sin­gle prob­lem dur­ing our re­view.

Last, but not least, is a health con­sid­er­a­tion. I learned marks­man­ship at a young age with an air­gun that used lead pel­lets, and my first ri­fle, a Ruger 10/22, was fed a steady diet of lead rounds.

When I was a child, my fa­ther told me to al­ways wash my hands after han­dling lead. Even now, I scrub down after each range ses­sion. Be­cause the .22 is likely the first real firearm used to teach youth (who are more sus­cep­ti­ble to lead poi­son­ing), this new CCI Cop­per is an ex­cel­lent choice for younger shoot­ers to han­dle. Even the primer is lead free.

CCI Cop­per Am­mu­ni­tion is sold in boxes of 50 rounds (MSRP: $10.95).

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