Last weekend a buddy invited me to the shooting range. Among the guns I was asked to bring were a .38 revolver and .22 LR pistol. A friend of his wife was recently separated. She owned a .38 revolver; the .22 LR was to introduce her to shooting. Looking under my ammo bench, I came across a brick of Winchester Wildcat .22 LR.
Winchester Wildcat has been popular for more years than I can remember. I am not sure if it is what I started on, but I have shot it for years. The Winchester Wildcat .22 LR ammo is constructed with a conventional 40-grain round nose lead bullet. The Wildcat cruises at about 1,225 fps at the barrel’s edge and speeds along at 1,017 fps as it crosses the 100 yards line.
Good ‘ol standard round nose lead bullet have been taking rabbits and squirrels over the years and should not be dismissed as obsolete for rimfire hunting. That being said, I prefer the Winchester Wildcat for plinking and target shooting more than hunting. When hunting, I typically move to a hyper velocity hollowpoint load.
During my more recent range session, teaching a new shooter, the distance was less than 25 yards, so no wild accuracy claims. Likewise, my .22 rifles are equipped with iron sights, so accuracy is a function of the shooter and not the optic. My buddy also brought out a .22 LR Lever Action rifle. All totaled, we had six .22s banging away. The only failures to fire, feed, or eject were the result of the operator and perhaps a dirty gun or two on a snowy day.
At 25 yards, even the new protégés were shooting “minute of bunny” …after they got the hang of it. Best of all, .22 LR ammunition is affordable. We shot for a couple of hours and still had well over 200 rounds left over.
At less than $30 for 500 rounds, Winchester Wildcat ammunition is worth having a brick or two under your ammo bench, but when you catch a sale and find it for $22-$23 for 500 rounds you should stock the shelves deep!