22 WMR (22 Magnum) Ammo

22WMR Ammo in ballistic gel

We shot 11 different loads of 22WMR self-defense ammo into ballistic gel.

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22 magnum ammo, also commonly called 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire ammunition is a rimfire cartridge introduced by Winchester in 1959. Although the "R" in "WMR" stands for rifle, the round has been successfully chambered in both rifles as well as revolvers; in fact, although Winchester developed the round, other manufacturers had chambered revolvers for it before Winchester had produced a rifle in that chambering.

The 22 WMR is a dandy little varmint round, provided the ranges don't stray too far beyond the 100 yard mark. Initially, the bullets were in the 40 grain range; but today, ammunition is available in a wide range of bullet styles from 25 to 50 grain. 22 Win Mag as a caliber produces velocities ranging from about 800 fps in revolvers to upwards of 2,300 feet per second in longer rifle barrels. Since the round produces higher velocities than the .22 LR, it is more popular for small game, especially varmints, and might even be a bit overkill at relatively close ranges. Head to this article at our blog for more on how 22 WMR stacks up to 22 long rifle.

The wide range of factory-loaded 22 WMR ammunition gives the round quite a bit of versatility. The savvy hunter can stoke his gun with anything from the speedy 25 grain Hornady NTX to 40 grain offerings from CCI and Fiocchi to a 45 grain heavy hitter from Hornady and even a heavy 50 grain from Federal. And, even better, those weights come in a variety of bullet styles including full metal jacket bullets, hollow points, flex tips, and polymer tipped. You can see our line-up of all 22 magnum ammo for sale listed below:

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  1. 50rds - 22 Mag CCI Maxi-Mag 30gr. TNT Hollow Point Ammo 50rds - 22 Mag CCI Maxi-Mag 30gr. TNT Hollow Point Ammo

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    $17.00
    $0.34/ppr

    150 In Stock

  2. 50rds - 22 Mag Winchester Supreme 30gr. Hollow Point Ammo 50rds - 22 Mag Winchester Supreme 30gr. Hollow Point Ammo
    $18.00
    $0.36/ppr

    137 In Stock

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22WMR Ballistic Gel Test Results

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Firearm Used Ruger LCR
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Barrel Length 1.87"
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Distance to Target 10 Feet
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Barrier 4-layer cloth
Ammo 5-shot average penetration depth 5-shot average diameter 5-shot average velocity
50rds – 22 WMR Armscor Precision 40gr. JHP Ammo 500rds – 22 WMR Armscor Precision 40gr. JHP Ammo
  15.98"
0.22" 1142
50rds - 22 Mag CCI Maxi-Mag +V 30gr. Hollow Point Ammo
  16.76"
0.22" 1411
50rds – 22 WMR CCI Maxi-Mag 40gr. JHP Ammo 2000rds – 22 WMR CCI Maxi-Mag 40gr. JHP Ammo
  16.52"
0.22" 1129
50rds – 22 WMR CCI TNT Green 30gr. HP Ammo
  13.92"
0.22" 1285
50rds - 22 Mag Hornady Critical Defense 45gr. FTX Polymer Tip Ammo
  18.94"
0.22" 1041
50rds – 22 WMR Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 40gr. HP Ammo 500rds - 22 Mag Speer 40gr. Gold Dot Hollow Point Ammo
  11.76"
0.3" 1019
50rds – 22 Mag Winchester PDX1 Defender 40gr. JHP Ammo
  14.4"
0.22" 1034
50rds - 22 Mag Winchester Super-X 40gr. Hollow Point Ammo
  14.04"
0.22" 1144
50rds - 22 WMR Winchester LF 28gr. JHP Ammo
  14.7"
0.22" 1466

Recent 22 WMR (22 Magnum) Reviews

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    Round looks good. Whoever wrote this review should have proofed it before publishing it.
    Steven on 50rds – 22 Mag Winchester PDX1 Defender 40gr. JHP Ammo
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    I had purchased a Henry Lever action 22 magnum rifle, put a Nikon Prostaff 3-9×40mm scope on it. I had shot armscor 22lr ammo before and decided to break the Henry 22 magnum in with it. I did purchase the Armscor USA 22 magnum 40 grain ammunition, made in the USA, stay away from the Armscor made in the Philippines, coated with wax and it is messy in your hand and chamber. The break in of the Henry 22 magnum was great, the Henry put groups inside of a 1/4" at 50 yards shooting off of homemade sandbags. It shot so well it is my ammunition. Shoots as accurate as the CCI 40 grain 22 magnum ammo. Give it a try, your rifle/pistol will love the Armscor USA 22 magnum ammunition.
    Morris on 50rds – 22 WMR Armscor Precision 40gr. JHP Ammo
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    The noslar partition of rimfire magnums
    Mark on 50rds - 22 Mag Winchester Super-X 40gr. Hollow Point Ammo
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    I have been shooting with the Armscor .22 Magnums for three years, and I have had no problems with it. I recently shot them with my S&W 351C and was well pleased with the results. I will continue to buy Armscor from Ammot To Go, who is great to do business with.
    Steve O'Dell on 500rds – 22 WMR Armscor Precision 40gr. JHP Ammo