Cost Effective Rifle Cartridges Part 4: Rimfire Cartridges
Today, the cost of any listed rimfire cartridge is lower that the cost of any centerfire cartridge. The availability of all rimfire cartridges is very good, with 22LR being an extraordinarily available round. On that basis, it seems clear that any rimfire cartridge among these three (17HMR, 22LR, 22WMR) would be good choices for a trainer, through which one expands much ammunition at the range.
There still remains exceptional advantages in favor of 22LR against 17HMR and 22WMR. The cost of 22LR is about one third of the others' cost. 22LR is 5 to 10 times more available than the others, although both 17HMR and 22WMR) already have very good availability. In fact, 22LR is the most affordable round among all cartridges in existence, and is the second most available round (after 223), based on our ammo cost survey and of our ammo availability survey.
On the basis of ammunition cost and availability, 22LR is the best cartridge in existence for trainer and plinking use.
- Best rimfire cartridge: 22LR
- Also recommended: 17HMR, 22WMR
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