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Easily the most prolific and well known firearm cartridge in the world, the .22 Long Rifle (LR) is great for plinking and small-game hunting. To shop 22 LR ammo in bulk, check out our bulk 22 ammo page. The .22 LR is also considered the best choice for introducing new people to the sport of shooting, due to its lack of recoil and low noise. Learn More
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  1. Remington Subsonic 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 40 Grain CPHP Ammunition

    $7.99

    788 In stock now

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    Bullet type Copper-Plated Hollow-Point (CPHP)
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1050 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 98 ft lbs
  2. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 300 Rounds of 40 Grain CPRN Ammunition

    $54.99

    61 In stock now

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    Bullet type CPRN
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1200 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 128 ft lbs
    • 300 Rounds
    • 18.3¢ per round
    • Made by CCI
  3. CCI Clean-22 22 LR Ammo - 100 Rounds of 40 Grain Poly-Coated LRN Ammunition

    $18.50

    101 In stock now

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    Bullet type LRN
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1070 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 102 ft lbs
    • 100 Rounds
    • 18.5¢ per round
    • Made by CCI
  4. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 40 Rounds of 38 Grain CPHP Ammunition

    $7.99

    91 In stock now

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    Bullet type CPHP
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1260 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 134 ft lbs
    • 40 Rounds
    • 20.0¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  5. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

    $9.99

    106 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type LRN
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1235 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 135 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 20¢ per round
    • Made by CCI
  6. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 40 Grain CPRN Ammunition

    $9.99

    110 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type CPRN
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1240 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 137 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 20¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  7. Eley High Velocity 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 38 Grain HP Ammunition

    $9.99
    As low as $8.99 in bulk
    • $8.99 each if you buy 10save 10%

    109 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type Hollow-Point (HP)
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1250 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 132 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 18.0¢ to 20.0¢ per round
    • Made by Eley
  8. CCI Stinger 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 32 Grain CPHP Ammunition

    $99.99

    90 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type Copper-Plated Hollow-Point (CPHP)
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1640 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 191 ft lbs
    • 500 Rounds
    • 20¢ per round
    • Made by CCI
  9. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 40 Grain Copper-Plated Segmented Hollow-Point (CPSHP) Ammunition

    $12.99

    108 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type Copper-Plated Segmented Hollow-Point (CPSHP)
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 710 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 45 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 26¢ per round
    • Made by CCI
  10. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 32 Grain CPHP Ammunition

    $14.99
    As low as $12.99 in bulk
    • $12.99 each if you buy 8save 13%

    135 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type Copper-Plated Hollow-Point (CPHP)
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Nickel-Plated Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1640 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 191 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 26¢ to 30¢ per round
    • Made by CCI
  11. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

    $15.00

    85 In stock now

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    Bullet type Lead Round Nose (LRN)
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1070 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 102 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 30.0¢ per round
    • Made by CCI
  12. Eley 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

    $19.99

    139 In stock now

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    Bullet type LFN
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1085 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 105 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Eley
  13. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 25 Grain #12 Shot Ammunition

    $19.99

    70 In stock now

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    Bullet type #12 Shot
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    • 50 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  14. Eley Tenex Pistol 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

    $19.99

    911 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type Lead Round Nose (LRN)
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1070 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 101 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Eley
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History of 22 Long Rifle (LR) Ammo

.22 Long Rifle ammo is the most widely produced and most popular cartridge in the whole United States. For more than 100 years, it has served the needs of hunters and sport shooters, law enforcement and even the military. Based on the Flobert BB cap, .22 caliber long rifle ammunition is the result of the continuous improvement of the BB cap to meet the need for a cartridge with accuracy, low recoil and low noise for a multitude of applications.

The .22 LR rimfire cartridge can be used in many different situations, from target shooting to plinking and small rodent control. It's comparatively inexpensive, widely available and lighter to carry – making .22 LR ammo a fantastic choice for long shooting sessions at the range, an extended hunting trip or a long hike.

Firearms Chambered For 22 Ammo

Pistols and rifles of all action types have been chambered in .22LR. From small Derringer pistols to full-sized clones of military rifles, the .22LR bullet has more firearm models chambered for it than any other caliber. A popular trend for this cartridge is to convert a firearm that normally fires a larger centerfire caliber, such as .223 Remington or 5.56x45mm, with a smaller barrel and firing chamber. This allows the shooter to train with less recoil, less cost, and less noise with the weapon they will fire in competition or carry every day.

The Evolution of .22 LR Ammunition

.22 Long Rifle ammunition has only experienced minor changes since being introduced in 1887 by the J. Stevens Arm & Tool Company. From that time, the .22 LR has seen an increase in velocity, range and accuracy. Hollow point bullets are also produced that offer a flatter trajectory and better energy transfer. Some companies manufacture a .22 LR shot cartridge that propels a small payload of #12 shot to dispatch small rodents at close range – a safer method than using a solid point bullet. Beyond all the applications for a .22 LR, it is frequently the first firearm that many people shoot.

The genesis of the 22 Long Rifle lies in the .22 Long. This round effectively retains the casing of that cartridge, combining it with the 40 grain bullet of the similar .22 Extra Long. When it comes to the 22 Long vs. 22 LR, it really comes down to length – a .22 LR bullet is about 0.975 inch long, while a .22 Long is 0.800 inch long. Likewise, 22 Short vs. 22 LR comes down to weight, with the 22 Long Rifle being heavier and longer compared to the 22 Short.

The 22 LR round itself is also based on the Flobert BB cap of 1845, with lineage moving through the .22 Smith & Wesson cartridge first released in 1857.

The .22 Long Rifle and similar (.22 Short, .22 Long, and .22 Extra Long) all have heeled bullets. This means the case and bullet have the same diameter, with a more slender-heeled section sitting inside the case.

The round is also one of the most versatile on the market today. Very few rounds can boast that they are able to fit into as many models of rifles and pistols alike as the 22 Long Rifle.

Why Is the .22 Long Rifle Round So Popular?

There are reasons other than sheer versatility and reasonable price that make the .22 Long Rifle round such a big selling item in the United States. The low recoil and accuracy are another feature, making it the perfect round for hunting, pest control or just plinking in the backyard. For many generations, this round is where they learned marksmanship as a part of the Boy Scouts of America’s rifle shooting merit badge program.

In fact, one of the primary uses of the round today is as a training round, due to its intersection of quality and expense. This is the go-to round for several events – including virtually all biathlon and bullseye events, as well as divisions of pinshooting, metallic silhouette and benchrest shooting – so training on anything else is ill-advised. Across the nation, the .22 Long Rifle round is preferred in high schools, colleges, the Boy Scouts, 4H clubs, Project Appleseed, and others. In the Olympic games, precision rifle and pistol competitions likewise feature the round. The Wolf Ammo 22 LR variant is favored among enthusiasts for its reliability and performance across different shooting disciplines.

This explains why the round is so popular, even though it lacks power. You’re not going to bring down an elk, but you might win your local Elk’s Club shooting competition. And while it’s also not ideal for defense, many self-defense carriers use the round because it’s small and inexpensive.

Military and police snipers occasionally use the round as well. This is because it’s a quiet cartridge, comparatively speaking. However, due to the very short range of the round, you will only find it in the arsenal of an urban police or military unit.

One example of this is the Israeli Defence Forces. Suppressed 22 LR rounds were used throughout the 90s in riot control situations and for shooting dogs before primary operations. The round’s use by the IDF has been scaled back because it is more lethal than previously thought. It was also preferred by the CIA’s predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services, who used High Standard HDM, which held these rounds. Suppressed Ruger MK II pistols carried by the Navy SEALs throughout the 1990s likewise used .22 LR.

While it can be used in semi-automatic weapons, these should be standard or high velocity rimfire rounds. In fact, it is the low recoil of the .22 LR that makes its subsonic version unsuitable for semi-automatic firearms. The recoil is so low that it does not properly cycle the round. This is never a problem with manual action rifles and pistols.

Francis Gary Powers, of the famously downed U-2 flight, was carrying one of these when he was shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960.

Gary Powers, the Most Famous 22 LR Carrier

As stated above, Gary Powers was carrying the High Standard HDM chambered for this round. His downing, known as the U-2 incident, is one of the more pitched and tense moments of the Cold War.

Powers was spying. No one disputes this. So the Soviets did what any other government would do: They shot him down. Powers survived, thanks to his parachute, and was quickly apprehended by Soviet authorities. In the United States, the media reported that a civilian craft researching the weather and operated by NASA was shot down. Within days, however, the Soviets released pictures of the pilot and the plane parts, as well as photographs taken by the spy plane as it flew over Soviet military bases.

The Soviets sentenced Gary Powers to prison time for espionage: Three years in standard prison and seven years in a hard labor camp. Fortunately for Powers, he was freed two years later in a spy swap for Rudolf Abel.

Powers disappeared for four days before the United States government even acknowledged anything was wrong. They went so far as to paint up a U-2 in NASA colors to further push the ruse on the American public. President Eisenhower denied any knowledge. Indeed, Ike was in a pickle: If he denied knowledge, he admitted to not being in control of his own administration; if he admitted knowledged, he admitted to spying right before an important summit with the Soviets. The normally ebullient Ike was instead desultory, telling his personal secretary “I would like to resign.”

For his part, Khrushchev played the event masterfully. When they first claimed to have downed an American spy plane, the Soviet dictator specifically did not mention whether or not the pilot was safe just to see how the Americans would react.

The event sunk any hope of a meaningful peace between the Soviets and the West. It also was one of the first events leading toward the heating up of the Cold War in the early 1960s that ultimately lead to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

When Powers returned to the United States, he did not receive a hero’s welcome. He did not detonate any of the classified parts of the U-2. Likewise, he had come to the Soviet Union with a suicide capsule, which he obviously did not take. The CIA and the Senate Armed Services Select Committee both said Powers did nothing wrong.

After a stint testing pilots for Lockheed on the CIA’s dime, Powers published his memoirs, which ruffled some feathers and got him fired. He then became a KNBC Channel 4 traffic helicopter pilot. His helicopter crashed after running out of fuel several miles from its final destination, killing him and his cameraman in 1977.

The Perks of Cheap .22 Ammo

.22LR ammunition is the choice for youth shooting programs around the world due to the low cost, low recoil, minimal muzzle blast and stellar accuracy.

Considering the variety of firearms chambered for this cheap .22LR cartridge, as well as the many shooter-friendly features, it is likely that the .22 Long Rifle will remain popular for years to come.

FAQ

What is 22 long rifle ammo?

The .22 long rifle, or .22 LR as it’s commonly written, is the most popular and abundant ammunition in the world. This small, iconic cartridge has minimal recoil and is significantly quieter than other ammunition. The full cartridge measures an inch in length and the most common configuration includes a 40 grain bullet. A range of firearms have been chambered for the .22 LR over the years, from pocket pistols to carbines to AR-style rifles.

What is the difference between 22 short and 22 long rifle ammo?

While .22 long rifle (LR) is the standard ammunition people mean when they say .22, there are other variations, including the .22 short. The .22 short preluded the .22 LR, and was the first American metallic ammo. It was created in 1857 for the first Smith & Wesson revolver and measured less than 0.7 inches in overall length, compared to the .22 LR’s standard one inch size. The shorter cartridge also holds a lighter bullet, as the .22 LR projectile typically weighs 40 grain, while the .22 short comes in 27 or 29 grain.

What is the difference between 22 long and 22 long rifle ammo?

The .22 long, which was developed in 1871 from the .22 short, is similar to the .22 long rifle, but hit the market 16 years earlier. The .22 long measures .888 inch in total length, compared to the .22 LR’s one inch, and has a lighter bullet (29 grain compared to 40 grain). When it comes to performance, the .22 long doesn’t meet the standards of the .22 LR. The older cartridge reaches an average velocity of 1,038 feet per second, with an energy of 67 foot pound force, while the .22 LR has a velocity of 1,200 fps and 131 ft·lb force, more than double that of the .22 long.

What is the best 22 long rifle ammo?

The best .22 long rifle ammo depends on the shooter’s needs. For general target and range shooting, many opt for traditional lead round nose cartridges, which tend to be the most affordable. If using .22 LR for pest control, a copper plated hollow point (CPHP) can be more effective than the standard round bullet. Reputable brands include Federal 22 LR ammo, Winchester, and Remington, amongst others.

For more options on Remington, check out our Remington 22LR ammo page.

How fast is a 22 long rifle bullet?

The average .22 long rifle cartridge, with a 40 grain bullet, reaches a velocity of 1,200 feet per second (fps). Different cartridge configurations can change this velocity with lighter bullets travelling faster. Subsonic ammo is also available in .22 LR, which stays below a velocity of 1,126 fps and is quieter to shoot.

22 Long Rifle (LR) Ballistics: Chart of Average 22 Long Rifle (LR) Ballistics

Note: This information comes from the manufacturer and is for informational purposes only. The actual ballistics obtained with your firearm can vary considerably from the advertised ballistics. Also, ballistics can vary from lot to lot with the same brand and type load.

22 Long Rifle (LR) Bullet WEIGHT Muzzle VELOCITY (fps) 22-1/2" Bbl. Muzzle ENERGY (ft. lbs.) 22-1/2" Bbl. Mid-Range TRAJECTORY (in.) Muzzle Velocity
  Muzzle 100 yds. Muzzle 100 yds. 100 yds. 6" Bbl.
30 Grain Lead Free 1650 n/a 181 n/a n/a n/a
30 Grain Hyper Vel 1750 1191 204 93 n/a n/a
31 Grain Shot #12 950 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
32 Grain Hyper HP 1500 1075 165 85 2.8 n/a
32 Grain Expediter 1640 n/a 191 n/a n/a n/a
32 Grain Stinger HP 1640 1132 191 91 2.6 1395
37 Grain Segmented HP 1435 1080 169 96 2.9 n/a
38 Grain Sub Sonic HP 1050 901 93 69 4.7 n/a
40 Grain CCI Quiet 710 640 45 36 n/a n/a
40 Grain Segmented HP 1050 897 98 72 n/a n/a
40 Grain Pistol Match 1070 890 100 70 4.6 940
40 Grain Standard Velocity 1070 890 100 70 4.6 940
40 Grain AutoMatch 1200 990 130 85 n/a n/a
40 Grain Silhouette 1220 1003 139 94 3.6 1025
40 Grain HV 1255 1016 140 92 3.6 1060
40 Grain HV HP 1280 1001 146 89 3.5 1085
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Customer Reviews

  • Wilfred said:

    The ammo I wanted was in stock and shipped extremely quickly. It performed well at the range, I'll be buying these again.

  • frank said:

    Received the shipment quickly. Shooting was little soft but that could just be me. The price was around 10 % lower than other suppliers. Barrel seemed to need cleaning more often. ats it

  • frank said:

    Received the shipment quickly. Shooting was little soft but that could just be me. The price was around 10 % lower than other suppliers. Barrel seemed to need cleaning more often. ats it

  • rodrunner said:

    Ran these thru several 22's each time it preformed . No problems

  • chief said:

    Ammo was great. After adding shipping i probably could have bought it cheaper. However at the time it was scarce. AND STILL IS!

  • manny said:

    After two purchases of this ammo, can only recommend if you enjoy cleaning your guns after every shooting session. Good price, but very dirty, caused failure to feeds in semi auto rifle and pistol, gummed up revolver cylinder enough to where I could barely push rounds in. Seems to be covered in a rubbery, gummy substance. If you can't afford anything else (like I couldn't), better than nothing. You'll spend the savings on solvent cleaning your guns.

  • Paul K said:

    See above

  • Dale said:

    These are good shells, and high quality from a name you know. Pretty good valve as well, so you can probably afford to shoot all day!

  • WLC said:

    Quality product with prompt delivery. Delighted Customer.

  • thederdog said:

    Bought 400 rounds not one missfire or jam. Fired true at 100 yards . Expensive for 22LR but does fires true and clean

  • jeager said:

    I do a LOT of shooting with rim fire .22 ammo and hunt small game for the pot. This ammo is accurate, and shot to shot quality is stellar. Best I've ever used and ordering more. A bit pricey but you pay for quality.

  • Fritz said:

    Bought a fairly new Mossberg 702 Plinkster Bought 500 rounds of various ammo to test. Had no issues with this box, it was cheap and as accurate as any other in this cheap gun. Had some jamming issues with another brand, not with this stuff.

  • Fritz said:

    Bought a fairly new Mossberg 702 Plinkster Bought 500 rounds of various ammo to test. Had no issues with this box, it was cheap and as accurate as any other in this cheap gun. Had some jamming issues with another brand, not with this stuff.

  • Luke said:

    Product info says 990 fps, manufacturer says 1083. That's the difference between subsonic and supersonic depending on elevation and temperature... I was hoping for subsonic performance for quieter plinking.

  • Fritz said:

    Cost twice as much as other brands. No difference in accuracy at 25 yards from a benchrest than the cheap stuff thru my new Mossberg 702 Plinkster . This did not jam, but neither did 8 other brands/models. all much cheaper.

  • Fritz said:

    Cost twice as much as other brands. No difference in accuracy at 25 yards from a benchrest than the cheap stuff thru my new Mossberg 702 Plinkster . This did not jam, but neither did 8 other brands/models. all much cheaper.

  • Skipper said:

    The ammo is very good; the faster velocity makes the 40 gr. bullet a more accurate round over the 1235 fps. ammo. It is also a lot louder than your average round fired. All and all, this ammo works very well in my Browning Buck Mark Carbine.

  • Rich said:

    Bought this ammo based off of CCI name and brand. Do not buy. It wouldn't cycle in the Ruger 22. Constant problems and a long day at the range....

  • Fritz said:

    This form sucks. I bought a box of CCI BLAZER for $9.25 I bought a box of CCI PISTOL for $14.00 . This form list them both as CCI 22 LR Ammo, I don't know which one I am reviewing here. . The cheap Blazer worked great in all guns I tried including a 60 year old Montgomery Wards auto which jams on most brands. . I did not see any benefit to paying the extra $5 for the Pistol Match. Both could consistently hit a quarter at 25 yards.

  • 007 said:

    Can’t lose with CCI

  • Lou said:

    I grew up in the 70 hurting with a Mossberg Model 351KA hurting squirrels with stinger's. I had very good luck. When I got in my early 20's I brought a Browning Buck Mark to take with me when I was deer hurting, because squirrels would to always come under your deer stand so at the end of the day I would use it for them. After a while I would hunt squirrels with the buck mark and stinger's, and at 61 I still use stinger's but I have upgraded to a Ruger Mark IV I got it because it is easier to clean. I also still have the Mossberg.

  • David said:

    The customer service is the best part