Depending on where you live, you can shoot in your own backyard for plinking or pest control, but even if you can lawfully do so, you probably donâ€™t want to incur the wrath of your neighbors by making all that racket. If that describes you, youâ€™ll want to check out the new Quiet-22 .22 Long Rifle load from CCI. Itâ€™s so quietâ€”a quarter the noise level of standard .22â€”you can even shoot it without hearing protection.
CCI Quiet 22 employs a standard .22 LR case. The company claims a velocity level of 710 fps, although my test sample yielded 676 fps from the muzzle of a CZ 452. For comparison, Remington, Winchester and CCI high velocity loads clocked around 1,200 fps in that rifle. Standard deviation for Quiet-22 was 11.8, and extreme spread for 10 shots was 35 fps, so itâ€™s pretty consistent ammo.
Is it accurate? My first group out of the CZ 452 topped two inches at 50 yards. Man, this isnâ€™t good, I thought. But then I realized this bullet is traveling at super-slow speeds, meaning barrel time is a big factor. In fact, itâ€™s so slow that with good follow-through and the right color target, you can actually see the bullet hit the paper.
I bore down on my fundamentals and groups immediately shrank. Best group was 0.88, with the average for six five-shot groups running 1.4 inches. I typically get 0.75 50-yard accuracy from most high-speed hunting-type rounds out of this rifle.
One note: CCI says this load is safe for semiautos, and while thatâ€™s true, donâ€™t expect it to cycle a semiauto actionâ€”or at least it wouldnâ€™t run in my 10/22. It goes â€śbang,â€ť but you have to cycle the action manually to extract/eject/feed.