CCI COPPER AMM0
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).
(800) 379-1732 WWW.CCI-AMMUNITION.COM