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CCI Quiet 22

by J. Scott Rupp   |  May 21st, 2012 14
CCI Quiet-22 rounds

CCI's Quiet-22 ammo is loaded in standard .22 LR cases but has just a quarter of the noise of standard .22

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 don’t want to incur the wrath of your neighbors by making all that racket. If that describes you, you’ll want to check out the new Quiet-22 .22 Long Rifle load from CCI. It’s so quiet—a quarter the noise level of standard .22—you can even shoot it without hearing protection.

CCI Quiet 22 packaging

This ammo would be ideal for pest control and for plinking.

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 it’s pretty consistent ammo.

(RELATED: G&A quick clip of Quiet-22 at the range)

Is it accurate? My first group out of the CZ 452 topped two inches at 50 yards. Man, this isn’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, it’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 that’s true, don’t expect it to cycle a semiauto action—or at least it wouldn’t run in my 10/22. It goes “bang,” but you have to cycle the action manually to extract/eject/feed.


  • Buck

    Great idea. I will buy these to use as the last round for target shooting in my .22 semi-auto guns that do not have last round hold-open. This will give me an audio notice that the last round has fired and prevent dry firing. Hopefully, this round will not cycle the action for an added insurance against dry-firing.



    • clay

      With the sun behind you, you can also see a copper 45 acp going downrange. That's not a waste of money.

      • John Smith

        At 30 I, under reasonable conditions, I could see a factory loaded 22-250 bullet going down range to impact at 100 yards. Last witness I can remember is Capt Jim Johnson in 1968 near Dayton, Ohio.


    • Dale

      I can remember a 240mm howitzer doing just that at a target 8 miles distant. Three rounds ,target gone.Try that with Red Ryder.

  • clay

    Don't see much difference between this and the already successful CB's shorts and longs from various manufacturers. I remember shooting cb's and bb caps from my Rem 510 in the 60's. They were deadly on the blue jays and crows that raided my grandpa's fruit trees. About as much noise as a hand-clap. but blew a hole right through them. A kid's dream come true.

    • mork

      It's all marketing. Tell us it is new and better and people will buy it.

  • sandman

    Cb longs are ideal for squirrel hunting. Nice and quiet. Tip.. use a bolt action.will not cycle in a auto



  • spike buck

    i'd like to see them offer shot loads in 32h&r magnum,or 327faderal, and 41 magnum.

  • Paul

    There are many good quality air rifles in .22 that shoot 900 to 1000 FPS and I'm sure are much quieter than any rimfire. Airguns are very neighbor friendly too.

  • Jeff

    Why not buy a tube fed bolt action that shoots shorts?

  • Odie

    710fps… I to thought, there are .22 caliber air rifles that fire pellets at close to 1000fps. However one fails to take into consideration that these "QUIET-22" ,22LR loads are pushing a 40gr bullet at 710fps. Most .117 caliber pellets weigh approximately 7 to 11 grains depending on pellet type and brand. Pellets for .22 caliber air rifles weigh approximately 14 to 21 grains depending on type and brand. Granted these are approximates and there are exceptions. Taking this into consideration the 40gr 22LR bullet has a LOT more thumping energy than either the .177 or .22 caliber air rifle pellets pushed at the same speeds or even greater speeds. Additionally, the 40 gr bullet is more resistant to wind drift and will lose its speed and energy slower. For best comparisons sake we will compare a 20gr .22 caliber pellet to the 40gr .22LR bullet. Both pushing their projectiles at 710 fps. The 40gr .22LR is far superior. Most .22 caliber air rifles produce velocities between 500-900fps depending on pellet weight. Even if the .22 caliber pellet was pushed to the extreme of say 1000fps, the 40gr .22LR is still superior. Air rifles are also a funny animal as pellets have a "shuttle-cock" design. Due to their structural design they are inferior to conventional bullets in every aspect. The 40gr .22LR bullet will almost certainly be the clear winner accuracy wise and definitely so in regard to killing power. It would be similar to comparing a varmint bullet that is half the weight of a hunting bullet in the same caliber. Virtually everyone knows that the heavier hunting bullet is far superior at retaining its speed, resistance to wind drift, and energy delivery. Remember speed is only one part of the equation.

  • Odie

    This gives an alternative to those who own firearms that are incapable of properly cycling and firing CB's, Shorts and Longs, such as certain semi-auto firearms. Additionally with .22LR being the most popular cartridge in the world, these should be more popular thus cheaper and also easier to find than the above mentioned choices which are becoming evermore obsolete.

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