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Thread: Trouble with Browning 22LR ammunition.

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    Boolit Grand Master tazman's Avatar
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    Trouble with Browning 22LR ammunition.

    I went to the range a couple of days ago with some of my 22lr handguns. Fortunately, I took several different varieties of ammo with me.
    I was having difficulty pushing some Browning 22LR ammo into the chambers on my S&W 17 and my S&W 34.
    Not so much on my 617. They were tight in the 617 but I didn't have to force them like I did with the other two revolvers.
    I figured it was just because the chambers were dirty since I had been shooting Thunderbolts in them but it turns out not to be the case.
    I thoroughly cleaned the chambers on all three revolvers tonight and those Browning 22lr cartridges still don't want to drop into the chambers.
    I got out my Ruger Mark II target and tried to work a few through the action. None would allow the chamber to close. Not even close.
    Similar but not as bad with my S&W 22A.

    I pulled out my micrometer and found they are .001 larger in diameter than the rest of the 22LR ammo I have on hand including the match ammo.
    That certainly explains the problem getting them to chamber. I knew the chambers on the target guns were tighter but didn't expect that kind of problem.

    The ones I got into the chambers on my revolvers shot well enough but were difficult to eject. Kind of like an over pressure round does sometimes. Again, I thought it might have been dirty chambers but now I don't think that was the case.

    This ammo is the yellow and black bulk box they sold probably 4 years ago. The bullets have a black copper wash on the projectile. I picked them up when I needed to get some ammo but then never shot them until two days ago.
    I haven't tried them in any of my rifles yet.

    Has anyone had a similar issue with Browning 22LR ammo?
    Has there been a recall that I missed?

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    I had same problem with my Model 17 and Winchester I think 325 rounds per box. I miked them and the were a bit larger in diameter then Federal and CCI. I think those Model 17's have tight chambers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazman View Post
    I went to the range a couple of days ago with some of my 22lr handguns. Fortunately, I took several different varieties of ammo with me.
    I was having difficulty pushing some Browning 22LR ammo into the chambers on my S&W 17 and my S&W 34.
    Not so much on my 617. They were tight in the 617 but I didn't have to force them like I did with the other two revolvers.
    I figured it was just because the chambers were dirty since I had been shooting Thunderbolts in them but it turns out not to be the case.
    I thoroughly cleaned the chambers on all three revolvers tonight and those Browning 22lr cartridges still don't want to drop into the chambers.
    I got out my Ruger Mark II target and tried to work a few through the action. None would allow the chamber to close. Not even close.
    Similar but not as bad with my S&W 22A.

    I pulled out my micrometer and found they are .001 larger in diameter than the rest of the 22LR ammo I have on hand including the match ammo.
    That certainly explains the problem getting them to chamber. I knew the chambers on the target guns were tighter but didn't expect that kind of problem.

    The ones I got into the chambers on my revolvers shot well enough but were difficult to eject. Kind of like an over pressure round does sometimes. Again, I thought it might have been dirty chambers but now I don't think that was the case.

    This ammo is the yellow and black bulk box they sold probably 4 years ago. The bullets have a black copper wash on the projectile. I picked them up when I needed to get some ammo but then never shot them until two days ago.
    I haven't tried them in any of my rifles yet.

    Has anyone had a similar issue with Browning 22LR ammo?
    Has there been a recall that I missed?
    I would be curious to know the measurement of the diameter of the cases. Since I reload (and custom load from new primed brass) I do measure the outside diameter of the cases. I also have a drill block that is exactly .2244" that I use for a go-no-go gauge. I have yet to find a commercial cartridge that won't slip into and out of it. Most commercial ammo is .2235"-.2240" Some is up to .2242"
    There are also some instances where the bullet is VERY SLIGHTLY larger than the case. Requiring a bit of pressure to chamber. But the cases should not exceed .2244"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffer View Post
    I would be curious to know the measurement of the diameter of the cases. Since I reload (and custom load from new primed brass) I do measure the outside diameter of the cases. I also have a drill block that is exactly .2244" that I use for a go-no-go gauge. I have yet to find a commercial cartridge that won't slip into and out of it. Most commercial ammo is .2235"-.2240" Some is up to .2242"
    There are also some instances where the bullet is VERY SLIGHTLY larger than the case. Requiring a bit of pressure to chamber. But the cases should not exceed .2244"
    I don't trust my micrometer to give accurate readings with boolits that small. It is old and had not been well cared for when I got it. It does fine when working with diameters of .350 and larger.
    That said, the readings I was getting on the sides of the boolit were .224-.2245. All my other ammo was .2235-.224.
    Sorry. I didn't measure the cases. The jamming seemed to be at the nose. Perhaps I should check that.

    I went down and checked. Turns out the cases measure .224 right behind the boolit. They measure .2255-.226 right in front of the rim.
    I think I found the problem. Oversized brass.

    I mistakenly thought the nose of the bullet was jamming near the front of the chamber when it was the last quarter inch of the brass in front of the rim I should have been looking at.
    Thank you immensely for mentioning that.
    Last edited by tazman; 01-22-2020 at 10:01 PM.

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    I bought some a few years ago and did a thread on it. The worst out of spec .22 ammo I’ve ever encountered. It would not chamber without force in any of my .22s. It even jammed my Nylon 66!
    I threw the unused rounds away, disgusted. Decades ago I bought some Russian steel case .22 ammo that I thought was bad- but it was Ely grade compared to the Browning stuff......

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    I have a Model 34 I bought when I turned 21 (about 41 years ago). It too is particular about ammo-tight chambers on it.

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    I would call Browning about it and see what they say. May get some new ammo out of the deal.

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    I remember shooting a 100 pack when it first came out a few years just to try it. While I don't recall any chambering issues, its accuracy was nothing stellar, so I never bought any more

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    I bought a bulk box awhile ago. Never again. Had a lot of duds with it.
    One round at a time.
    Member of Valley Gun & Country Club. Elysburg Pa.

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    They had/have a rebate on them. Glad I did not buy any....cheap junk is still junk

    Thanks for posting.
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    Yep same experience for me though I thought accuracy was fine for plinking. In single shots they worked ok.

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    This past fall my bro bought Bulk Browning 22 ammo at Cabelas. We were shooting several rifles and handguns and the Brn ammo was terrible in S&W revolvers, Ruger auto pistols and several rifles including 10/22s. It was dirty, inaccurate and high percentage of duds and misfires. About half the duds would fire on second strike if repositioned. It’s a shame Browning would put their name on junk ammo.

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