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    A word about Remington Yellow Jacket 22 LR's

    So I was at the range today doing a little plinking, and I noticed something about the Remington Yellow Jackets I was shooting. It didn't have anything to do with feeding or performance of the rounds - which was excellent. It had to do with the target. I shot a bunch of Federal Champions too, and the holes they made in paper were the typical ragged kind of hole you normally see with a round-nose bullet. The Yellow Jackets, on the other hand, have a truncated cone projectile that looks very much like a semi wadcutter in cross section. And they act like semi wadcutters too. The target I shot the Yellow Jackets at had perfect little round holes in it. I don't know why, but I thought that was pretty cool. Definitely made it easy to see where each round went.

    They perform well too - on a par with CCI Stingers but at about 1/3rd the price. They make tin cans jump pretty good too. I haven't shot any live targets with them, but I did shoot a little plastic Real Lime bottle that was full of water. It was about the same size as a squirrel's head, and the Yellow Jacket exploded it. I shot another one with a Stinger, and it just passed straight through. Draw your own conclusions about the difference in energy transfer. The Yellow Jackets have a bigger, deeper hole in the tip, which probably had a lot to do with it. So if you like to shoot hyper velocity 22 LR's, but you don't like paying $10 for a fifty round box of Stingers, then I highly recommend the Remington Yellow Jackets. You can usually find them on sale for around $3.50 for a box of fifty.
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    Good to know, thanks....

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    Round nose anything makes bad holes.
    Found that out with my 9 shooting Federal FMJRN.
    XTP JHP make nice holes.
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    I'll take your recommendation and run with it the next chance I get.
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    You may want to try Remington Viper .22LR.
    1410FPS, solid truncated cone rather than hollow.

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    I've always liked the yellowjacket - but they're hard to find around here. Used to get them all the time when I lived in Florida.

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    Only bad thing I hear about them is sometimes they aren't the best feeding ammo out there.
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    You may want to try Remington Viper .22LR. 1410FPS, solid truncated cone rather than hollow.
    A Viper is basically a Yellow Jacket without the hole in the end. I imagine they'd work as well for punching holes in paper, but I also have a penchant for popping little bottles full of water, so I like the hollow points.

    Only bad thing I hear about them is sometimes they aren't the best feeding ammo out there.
    I've heard that too (in regards to Remington in general), but I've been shooting truncated cone Remington 22's for over forty years and I can't remember ever having a problem with them. My Ruger Mark II will gobble them up as fast as I can pull the trigger, and they cycled well in my CMMG ARC-22 conversion yesterday. But like any other ammo it's best to check them first in the firearm in which you intend to shoot them. I have no doubt that some firearms may not like the truncated cone bullet profile.

    I've always liked the yellowjacket - but they're hard to find around here. Used to get them all the time when I lived in Florida.
    The last brick I bought I ordered from Natchez Shooter's Supply, and they've still got them for $3.69 a box - Remington Yellow Jackets at Natchez. They've also got the Vipers for $3.99 a box, or $3.49 per box if you buy a brick. Remington Vipers
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    I tried them in my new PT22 and they wouldn't feed... I know they are supposed to be 14xx plus fps and not recommended but I feel that almost ALL 22 rounds are rated using LONG LONG rifles; I doubt the little bitty barrel on the PT22 will generate near that much velocity. Anyway, the things jammed constantly in my PT22 which liked CCI stuff best. I wll try the Vipers in a rifle and see how they shoot.

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    You may want to try Remington Viper .22LR.
    1410FPS, solid truncated cone rather than hollow.

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