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Old November 04, 2011, 23:21   #1
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Winchester 333 ammo .22LR

Hey guys,

I just wanted to post a quick review about Winchester 333 .22LR ammo. It is sold at, among other places, at Wallyworld. It is loaded with 36gr. copper plated lead HP bullets at 1,280fps MV.

This afternoon I went through a whole box of it, and had about 10% misfires. Some did not even fire after the 3rd strike. It only left dents in the cartridge bottom.

The gun used was a stock Browning Buckmark in .22LR.

Other ammo I tested were CCI Stingers and Winchester Super XSuper Speed RN 40gr. RN.

The Buckmark digested them flawlessly.

For the future, I will not buy said product again.




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Old November 05, 2011, 08:20   #2
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I had the same experience, maybe worse in the first gun I tried them in(none would go off, thought gun was broken). The brass in them seems to be abnormally hard, requiring and exceptional striker/hammer spring. My 50+ year old Remingtons don't have super powerful striker springs. They worked fine in My Ruger and AR-15.
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Old November 05, 2011, 09:48   #3
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A lot of variables involved but..........

I picked up a box of 555 Winchester copper plated HPs at the same velocity as moonbat. Well that velocity is stated on the box.

I was using a old Ranger .22auto rifle and a H&R .22 pistol.

They all fired on the first try, even firing the rifle as fast as my finger would go........that old rifle will spit them out without a hiccup.

Maybe it is getting down to "lot" numbers, firearms used or conditions of springs??

BTW, they were accurate enough to shoot ruminants clay pidgins at 30 yards but did not shoot them on paper.
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Old November 05, 2011, 10:42   #4
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I bought some, not much, thankfully !, during the ammo drought a while back.
HORRIBLE crap.
Misfires galore. Worse than Remington's worst.
No more 333 for me !
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Old November 05, 2011, 12:02   #5
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I shot a whole valu pack of it thru my old remington 512 rifle and do not remember having any nofires. I do remember it not feeding worth a shit in the tubular mag due to the bullet design.
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Old November 05, 2011, 19:22   #6
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My Buckmark was bought new in June or July of 2010. It functioned flawlessly with CCI and Remington Yellow Jacket and Viper.

The Buckmark seems to like the hotter stuff.

I was just looking for a less pricey alternative to the above mentioned ammo.

It seems like.............hotter ammo - "hotter" prices.




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Old November 05, 2011, 20:33   #7
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Ditto on crappy ammo. I never buy the stuff, but a buddy and I went out
this summer and had the 10% misfire experience.

I buy local and stick with Federal and CCI.
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Old November 07, 2011, 15:54   #8
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I've had good luck with 525 rnd. pk of CCI. Runs great thru my 22/45. Been thru at least 6 boxes with NO misfires and only 1 FTF. Price is competitive with Rem and Win.
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Old November 09, 2011, 19:15   #9
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I thought about giving some Aguilas a try. They got some pretty hot loads in .22 long rifle.

Anybody ever tried those ?



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Old November 09, 2011, 22:40   #10
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Quote:
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I thought about giving some Aguilas a try. They got some pretty hot loads in .22 long rifle.

Anybody ever tried those ?



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I have several boxes of the "hyper" velocity and of the "heavy" subsonic variety.

I must be cheap as I would rather shoot the value boxes of 555 rounds then shoot up my stash of CCI minimags or Winchester in the plastic boxes!!
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Old November 09, 2011, 23:59   #11
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I love those CCI plastic boxes, and during the '80's, I saved most of them after the ammo was used up, and eventually wound up with several dozen of them. Now I use them to repack bulk ammo in. I buy the 525 or 375-rd packs and load them into empty CCI mini-mag boxes. Unless you accidentally step on them, those yellow plastic CCI boxes seem to last darn near forever.
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Old November 15, 2011, 04:28   #12
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Man, I clicked this thread expecting to read a post singing the praises of this ammo. I have several thousand rounds of it because it performs so well in all of my 22s. I have pump, lever, bolt, semi auto rifles as well as revolver and semi auto pistols. (Buckmark and GSG 1911/22) I have yet to have a dud or low powered round out of the Winchester 333 or 555.

I am truly shocked to read about the poor experiences that others have had with this ammo.

Just to be sure, we are writing about this ammo correct?


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Old November 15, 2011, 18:11   #13
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The 333 ammo HBR.
Wal-Mart had it for a while anyway.
Maybe they still do ? I haven't checked.
Maybe some was different than the rest.
If so, I guess you were one of the lucky ones.
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Old November 15, 2011, 20:36   #14
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Hey HBR,

I tend to believe that both rounds are the same, just packed at different quantities.


Maybe mine was just a bad batch, but from what I read around here, it might not be just the ones that I bought.



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