Short Round Review: Remington Thunderbolt 22 - The Ammo People Love To Hate
Is The Remington TB22 Ammo As Bad As They Say?
This one is going to be a little shorter than some of our other reviews. Why you ask? Well, this ammo isn’t complicated… Remington 22 Thunderbolt is a much maligned product, and if you ask 10 different people , you’ll probably get 10 different answers. Why? We’ll here’s the thing about 22s… It’s actually a pretty difficult cartridge to get to work in guns, add in the variance of the ammo inherent that is to the rimfire manufacturing process, and different guns respond differently to different ammo. And not just different MODELS of guns, we’re talking down to individual serial numbers…
Anyway, back to the ammo.. Remington 22 Thunderbolt is available in a couple of different configurations, but we’re going to focus on the 40 grain round nose in a 500 round bulk pack. The test I designed was simple, take a high quality pistol, shoot 50 rounds off hand at 25 yards, see what happens. For the pistol, I picked my 7″ Smith & Wesson Model 41. If you’re unfamiliar with the M41, it’s about the most accurate platform you can get, short of going to some crazy Olympic style free pistols. With this particular ammo, most people complain about either poor accuracy, or a ton of misfires, so I figured this would be a worthy, albeit not exhaustive, test. To be honest, I wasn’t much worried about velocity, so I didn’t test that. I also tried to keep my expectations in check. After all, if you ask the internet, you’re likely to find that this ammo is barely ammo at all…
Function: 100% in 50 rounds
Accuracy: See for yourself on the right.
Why wasn’t I more precise like some of the other ammo reviews? Let’s face it, this is isn’t match ammo, and quite frankly, probably not ammo you’re going to want to rely on for any serious purpose. But! If you need cheap ammo to go spend a day on the range with the family, or aren’t shooting long distance, Remington Thunderbolt certainly fits the bill!