While hanging out at a gun shop a few weeks ago, I was discussing .22LR ammo with the sales staff. There is a saying about gun shop advice, and it has something to do with the merchandise on-hand at the gun shop at the time said advice is offered. Turns out I was being told that CCI Mini-Mag is more accurate than CCI Velocitor, and guess which one they had in stock. The stated reason was that high velocity .22LR is simply unstable. I had not heard that before. Additionally, the Browning Buckmark is not rated for high velocity .22. Also something I did not know. I don't have a Browning Buckmark, but I know somebody who does and she has used Velocitor in it plenty of times.
A few days after that I found myself plinking away with my Walther P22 and I conducted an informal match-up between the two ammunition types. I expected Mini-Mag to be more accurate (yes, I bought some based on the advice) but found that Velocitor was indeed better in my P22. I went back to the range today to do a little more formal testing; here are the results.
|CCI Velocitor at 3 yards and 7 yards|
|CCI Mini-Mag at 3 yards and 7 yards|
Certainly at 3 yards I got better grouping out of the Velocitor but at 7 yards Mini-Mag did better. Of course, the Velocitor kept jamming on me with the last round -- 5 out of the 8 shot strings. That may account for the 7 yard disparity.
The Mini-Mags didn't jam on me once. This puzzled me as it did not happen during warm-up which consisted of 10 round strings with both types. Out of curiosity, I decided to do some rapid fire.
|10 rounds rapid fire with CCI Mini-Mag|
|10 rounds rapid fire with CCI Velocitor|
Finally, with 7 rounds left of each type, I decided to try another two strings at 3 yards with rapid fire. But this time I squeezed the grip pretty hard for both strings.
|7 rounds of CCI Velocitor then 7 rounds of CCI Mini-Mag at 3 yards|