The Secret .22 Target Ammo

The secret .22 target ammunition. Youíll laugh! Blazer .22ís. When matched (no pun intended) against Eley, RWS, and Dynamite Nobel, it runs a rather close 4th from match grade rifles. Sure it comes in approximately 50 per box (packed by weight) and an occasional misfire or partial powder charge can be found in a brick.

Several years ago, my job as an RN allowed me every Thursday off which coincided with the work schedule of a good friend. Countless hours were spent at Ben Avery range shooting paper and plinking at berm rocks. When this became boring, 7.62 x 39 cartridge cases provided excellent targets at 100 yards and evolved into calling which way the cases would fly-left, right, up or straight back. We used Martiniís, a Winchester model 52, a Remington model 37 and several Anschutzís.

Before long, the prohibitive costs of match ammunition severely slowed our fun. American manufactured target grade ammunition was disappointing and the expense was similar to the European offerings. The lesser grades of standard and high speed brands were poor to laughable with multiple problems of chambering to clearing spent rounds.

During a visit to the local gun shop and first gate to heaven, it was suggested that blazers be tried. After the chuckles and snickers, we were offered four boxes to try. Next Thursday found us at the range and results were remarkable. The ammunition was searched for hidden talismans and residual effects of influences from the gun gods. When none were found, all manner of ideas for the accuracy were traded and disproved.

In an attempt to identify the properties of the accuracy, 10 rounds from a newly purchased brick were disassembled and the cases, projectiles and powder charges were weighed. All were relatively close but had none of the consistency of 10 rounds of Eley bench ammo.

Finally, 100 rounds of unfired blazer rims were miked and then fired and re-miked. Prior to firing, the rims ran .001 to.008 and when re-miked ran from .001 to .003. The rims are crushed fit in tight chambers, effectively duplicating the rims of the Eley bench. It must be mentioned that the Eley miked .001 to .003 in 10 random cartridges from a brick. Not bad for a ten dollar brick of ammo.

Dean De Boer
Field Writer