Winchester 42 grain Subsonic

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2011 fawcett
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Winchester 42 grain Subsonic

Postby 2011 fawcett » 17 Nov 2017, 09:13

Very pleased with these but seem to be getting a lot of 'definitely not subsonic' shots lately, five in a row last night, literally echoing off adjacent hillsides and woodland. The sixth shot went of with the usual 'phut' and the louder noise of the bullet strike. The outfit is a CZ455 Varmint with a Zak moderator topped off with a Ward 700 and T20. Anyone else experiencing the same with the 42 grain ammo?

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Re: Winchester 42 grain Subsonic

Postby Cottis » 17 Nov 2017, 21:48

I have heard plenty of people say they use and like Winchester subs but in all the .22lr's I have seen, they have been crap. Not only do they produce crackers like you mention but I have found those crackers especially fly high and when headshooting rabbits, that is enough to result in a miss or a winger. Even the rounds that are subsonic have not been accurate in my guns or my friends rifles. LIterally scattergun everywhere.

Obvs different rifles have their fave ammo. I have always stuck with RWS HP and Eley Subs. A good batch of Eley just wins but the RWS are more consistent between batches IMO, so I tend to use them. I also hate the Eley packets. Very annoying.

Lately I have been shooting a fair bit of RWS 50 under bench rest conditions at 100yards. It is impressive stuff and whilst costly, is way less than HMR ammo and extends effective rabbit range from 70yds to 100yds while still keeping noise to a minimum. Even with this quality match grade ammo, you still get the odd cracker. Rimfire ammo is just inherently inconsistent in its nature.

2011 fawcett
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Re: Winchester 42 grain Subsonic

Postby 2011 fawcett » 18 Nov 2017, 09:57

Thank you for information. Quite honestly I bought the CZ some years ago and the rfd gave me a box of Winchester subs with the comment' you'll happy with those' and so I, and the CZ, have been. The 40 grain produced good groups and the 42 grain slightly better with no adjustments required. I was about half way through my first box of 500 of the 42 when the crackers, as you put it, started to happen usually with the first shot of the session.

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Re: Winchester 42 grain Subsonic

Postby blueeyes » 18 Nov 2017, 15:47

I have a Brno mod 2 eh (CZ 452) and have always had good results using the 40g winnies, but my last visit for ammo got some 42g and was wondering if I would have to re zero have not tried them yet so cant say if any problems, but I head shoot all my reabbits fro 25-65 yds and always bang on with the 40g using my Extremed Photon XT :thumbup:

2011 fawcett
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Re: Winchester 42 grain Subsonic

Postby 2011 fawcett » 22 Nov 2017, 10:12

My shooting companion uses a Brno with the Win 40's and has always been satisfied with them. I went out last night and everything was faultless with the Win 42's so I think it's a case of ' if it aint broke don't fix it'..........oh and stop watching Youtube.

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Re: Winchester 42 grain Subsonic

Postby Paddlers » 28 Nov 2017, 20:16

I get though a fair few Winchester Subs each week and there's definitely something going badly wrong with the quality. I have a CZ 452 & Meopta with a Sak moderator and a CZ 455 with a photon and a Wildcat Panther mod. Both are 16" barrels and group very well but there's definitely been an increase in bullets going off with a real crack. They're stored in my cabinet as always so there's no variety at my end. Possibly 1 or 2 per 100 have done this where it would be in 500 previously. It's a genuinely loud crack too but apart from making me jump hasn't had any negative effect other than making the rabbits look up !!


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