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Chris Christian
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USA
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Posted - June 26 2021 :  10:37:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been very leery of Remington ammo during the last decade of Freedom Group ownership. I was hoping the new management would turn out a better product from the refurbished Arkansas factory. I got a chance to find out last week.
I was testing a new Ruger 10/22 left-hand Custom Shop gun, and found a 500 round box of new manufacture Remington Thunderbolt high-speed 40-grain lead. My years back experience with this load was that it was OK for plinking, but not something I'd want to use in any kind of match.
My mind changed. Half-inch groups at 50-yards and a 1.15-inch average at 100... from a .22 semi-auto. It outshot Eley Target and CCI 36-grain Mini-Mag HP.
I look forward to trying some more "new" Remington. It looks like the new folks take their job seriously.

Chris Christian
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Evan
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Posted - June 26 2021 :  1:12:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like you I had very poor luck with Rem .22 An old friend is about to send me a Reising .22 that was designed as a trainer for the Reising SMG. I'll give it try with Rem.22

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gauchobill
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Posted - June 27 2021 :  09:55:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fortunately, I was able to find a half case of 9mm Golden Saber +P before the ammo supplies fell off the table. I have shot it in 3 of my 9mm handguns and they all digest it very well. Accuracy, feeding, and ejection have yielded no problems and I routinely carry this load in EDC. Lucky Gunner has tested
practically all available self defense loads in .380, 9mm, .40S&W, and .45acp. The results of these tests show the expansion/penetration in standard gelatin of the Golden Saber ammo compare favorably with those of Speer, Winchester, and Federal.
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Russ Larges
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USA
2492 Posts

Posted - June 28 2021 :  8:49:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I to have had good luck with thunder bolt .22s. They have been much better the Remingtons top of the line.. I like them even better after I file off the nose to make a semi wadcutter.

Russ

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Frogfoot
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USA
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Posted - June 29 2021 :  10:54:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
During the 2012 ammo drought, I bought a 525 round box of the Golden Bullets only because there was very little else available and it was somewhat reasonably priced. Prior to that, I'd lost confidence in the quality of Remington rimfire due to many dud rounds, but once I loaded up and began firing, I was fairly impressed with it. It wasn't quite up to the standards of Remington ammo from around the time of my youth, but it fed and functioned just fine. About the only thing wrong with it was that the bullets seemed to be covered with a very thin coat of some kind of black grease that left my fingers grungy.

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Redheeler
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USA
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Posted - June 30 2021 :  11:32:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chris, Thatís good to hear. I, as you, had been cautious about buying the Remington Thunderbolts. Guess I will have to pick some up and give them another shot.

Edited by - Redheeler on June 30 2021 11:34:41 AM
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Chris Christian
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USA
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Posted - June 30 2021 :  11:52:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Redheeler

Chris, Thatís good to hear. I, as you, had been cautious about buying the Remington Thunderbolts. Guess I will have to pick some up and give them another shot.


I can't speak or how it will run in every gun, but from that 10/22 it was a nail-driver! I hadn't originally intended to run it at 50 and 100 yards, given my past experience. But at 25 yards a 5 round group cut one ragged hole I could have covered with a dime, and left change. That changed my mind, and at 50 and 100 it beat Eley Target and CCI 36 HP Mini Mag. That says something, to me, about the new management's efforts on quality control, and checking the specs on their .22LR tooling heads.

Chris Christian
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