Match ammo and scope question

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  1. Daleo8803

    Daleo8803 Move along, move along

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    I bought 100 rounds of cci green tag, and 100 rounds of lapua center x to try out in my savage b22 fv-sr. At 100 yds the lapua shot a better group but not by much. I will be shooting up to 300yds but can't get out there for a while to test. Most online say the cci green tag is not good match ammo. Should I just spend the extra $ on the lapua?

    Scope question. I have a athlon argos 6x24x50 coming back from warranty work. The side focus stopped working. This would be the second time I had to send one back to them for this issue. It has been sitting on my 6.5 grendel. I need a better scope for my b22 fv-sr. Should I put it on the 22lr? The current scope on the 22lr is a BSA sweet 22 6x18x40.
     
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    Try wolf.

    I have the same athlon on my precision ar but its getting replaced with a gen 2 viper. I may hang onto it for a hunting rifle later this year. Argos isnt bad for the $$$ but im spoiled to the viper
     
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    I tried wolf match but my 22lr HATED it! Lol would put 2 rounds almost on top of the other but then would throw a round 5 inches off. I tried 2 boxes of it and both were the same.

    I have tried wolf match, sk rifle match, SK match, lapua center x, cci SV, cci green tag, federal gold match, eley club, and eley target. The lapua center x has done the best so far with the green tag a close second.

    A 5 shot group of the green tag at 100yds from yesterday.

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    My dad has a gen 2 viper on his 224 valkyrie and loves it but that optic is out of my price range atm :)
     
  4. Smok3y

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    While Green Tag might not be a normal suggestion, go with what works in your rifle. If Green Tag continues to shoot as consistently as the CX, then there would be no point to upgrade. Several of my rifles preferred CX as the most consistent ammo through them. Several ammos have shot really well, with SK Rifle Match being one of the most common one I like when ultimate precision is not needed, because it still shoots really well consistently. The CX is just a bit better. My current rifle on the other hand, has seemed to like Eley Black box the most.

    It all depends on what level of accuracy and precision you need. If you are shooting targets at 2-3 MOA and your ammo delivers that, then go with it. If you need 0.5MOA and only one delivers it, go with that. It doesn't have to be the same all the time. Also, be sure to compare at the larger distances too. I have shot ammo that seemed great at 50yds but fell apart at 100yds. The higher quality stuff usually separates itself from the lower priced competition as you get longer.

    As far as the scope goes, but the Athlon Argos is popular inexpensive model for 22lr. It can't hurt to give it a try. I have never owned the Argos but have owned several Ares BTR and ETR and the Cronus and have loved them.
     
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    For real small rimfire groups I have notice sometimes when switching ammo cleaning and running some of the new type thru before actually getting down to how well a particular rimfire likes a particular ammo.

    As to ammo LaPua Midas and Eley Tenex are usually the tops but I had good luck with Wolf Match Extra. Also when I wasn’t able to find those I did use RWS Match but that stuff is even more expensive than the others mentioned ... $12-$15 for a box of 50 rounds for .22lr :eek: ... but it was damn good.

    There is another trick to help shrink groups is using a rim thickness gauge to sort ammo into groups with like thicknesses ... a G3 Gauge works great ... https://www.neconos.com/item/G3-rimfire-rim-thickness-Gauge-119 and if you have ringed out about everything else it can shrink your groups a few more thousands at 25 meters so farther out it could be even more noticeable.
     
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