Each lead round nose bullet is gilded (coated) with a thin copper plating to reduce muzzle build-up and to help the bullet retain its shape during feeding (into the chamber), flight, and to some degree, impact.
Video Transcript:The famous Mini-Mag brand of .22 Long Rifle was first introduced in 1963 by CCI. Today, CCI is part of the ATK parent company, along with Speer, Federal, and other ammo makers. Backed by the state of the art manufacturing clout of ATK, CCI continues to produce Mini-Mags, which is now one of the most popular brands of .22 ammo on the market.
Unlike most other common brands of .22 ammo, Mini-Mags are not sold in big bulk packs of 400 or 500 rounds. Instead, they come in the trademark hard plastic 100-round cases. Mini-Mag isn't the only brand that's packaged this way, but it's the most recognizable. Because of the unique name and packaging, there's sometimes a lot of myth and mystery surrounding Mini-Mags. So are they better than less expensive brands, or is it all just clever marketing?
Well, first of all, despite the name, Mini-Mags are not Magnum ammo. They don't have any more power or velocity than most other .22 loads. They feature a copper-plated, 40-grain, lead round-nosed bullet that exits the muzzle of a rifle at 1,235 feet per second. That rates this Mini-Mag as a high velocity, but not hyper velocity.
Accuracy is better than average, but not as good as a high dollar specialty target load. This 10 shot group was fired from 50 yards using a stock Marlin .795 on a benchrest. With a modest 4-power optic, we got a group that measured well under an inch, minus the one flyer.
Where the Mini-Mag really shines is its reliability. It's no secret that most .22 ammo, especially in the big value packs, can have hit or miss dependability. Mini-Mags, however, seem to be the go-to round if your gun won't feed anything else. Out of the three rifle and free handguns that we used for this video, we had no reliability problems at all when using the Mini-Mags.
CCI Mini-Mags are not magic, and no brand of ammo can boast a 100% reliability rate. You may encounter a gun that just doesn't work well with Mini-Mags, and that's how things go with semi-auto .22s. But if you want the best chance of your gun going bang every time and still want to shoot on a budget, Mini-Mags represent the best balance of performance and price. This load is an excellent choice for the range, but if you want the same quality in a hunting load, be sure to check out the hollow point version of the Mini-Mag.
|Bullet Weight||40 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Copper-Plated Round Nose (CPRN)|
|Ammo Caliber||.22 Long Rifle (LR)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||No|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||No|
|Cost Per Round||11.1¢ per round|
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