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Rimfire is back, baby! Back on shelves and back on budget. New from CCI is a .22 LR Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point load and a .17 HMR VNT Tipped load. CCI’s press release with more information follows . . .

CCI Ammunition Will Launch Two New Rimfire Loads at the 2018 SHOT Show

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 11, 2018 – CCI Ammunition is pleased to announce two new rimfire hunting loads during the 2018 SHOT Show (Booth No. 14551), January 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The newest loads are Mini-Mag 22 LR 40-grain Segmented Hollow Point and 17 HMR 17-grain VNT Tipped.

Mini-Mag remains one of CCI’s most popular product lines, offering unbeatable accuracy, high velocities, flat trajectories and superior reliability. The new 22 LR Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point combines all of what made the original a favorite with a 40-grain bullet engineered to split into three equal-size parts on impact, creating three distinct wound channels that quickly take down small game and varmints. It also features CCI’s extremely reliable priming and specialized powders for clean, consistent ignition. Shipments of this ammunition are being delivered to dealers.

New 17 HMR VNT. Its 17-grain Speer bullet features an extremely thin jacket and polymer tip that team up to offer flat trajectories, superb long-range accuracy and explosive terminal performance on impact. It’s the perfect combination for hunting varmints or shooting at the range.

“Shooters can now devastate varmints or drill targets with these new products,” said Brian Anderson, Senior Marketing Manager for CCI. “We know our customers will be pleased with both options.”

Mini-Mag 22 LR 40-grain Segmented Hollow Point is available in 100-count packs and 17 HMR 17-grain VNT Tipped are 50-count packs.

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    • Yeah, I’m not really sure what benefit there is, if any, of segmenting .22 LR. Maybe they do more damage on varmints where penetration isn’t that desirable? They sure aren’t any better for small game hunting, the segments will just destroy more meat, possibly even go into the intestines or bladder and spoil the meat.

  1. Since we can’t hunt with leaded ammo in CA I would like to see a variety of non lead rimfire ammo. One of my hunting bucket list is to get into the Sierra in winter and hunt the snowshoe bunny.

    • They’ve done the powdered copper-polymer in .22lr as a lead-free ammo, why don’t they up the cross sectional density and try a powdered tungsten-polymer?

      Give you something harder-hitting to pop those bunnies with…

  2. I fail to see whats new here with this segmented load?? As a 40gr its more like a standard velocity load, yes??
    Ive had it in the high velocity version 32gr @1640 fps and use it in my Berretta 21A as a self defense type load for well over a year plus.
    Heck I was dumb enough to shell out I believe 79$$ for 2 bricks each when it 1st came out.

    • Jay in Florida, please do yourself a favor and research the ballistic gel results of segmented loads.

      Even in center fire calibers, the segmented loads fail as miserably as shotgun bird shot for self defense.

      I love my Beretta 950 which I carried for many years as one of four guns I carried in rotation depending on the clothing and location and now know was a false sense of security as the under-powered caliber is not sufficient to reach vital organs to stop a threat.

      • 22 can be a viable if unattractive option. 3 factors make it so for CC’d despite its puny ballistic output. 1: getting shot sucks, rare is the criminal that will take a round and not retreat( this doesn’t apply for LEOs or the like who are in a confrontation to stop and detain) 2: ease of carry, people carry small guns because they don’t think they will need them. When carrying a small gun it is easier to get shot placement, quicker follow up, and greater capacity out of a 22 then almost all other. Couple these with lower recoil and generally cheaper ammo( you still pay for reliable ammo) and what you have is more practice and less pain. 3: it works for the budget and recoil adverse. Humans are extremely adaptable but for various reasons ( some mentioned above) some just do not handle recoil well. Most people also live on a budget and won’t spend that much on something they most likely won’t need.

        • Why carry a .22 when virtually the same size .380 APC pocket pistol can meet the FBI ballistics requirements, is many-times more powerful, and approved by major law enforcement agencies as a backup gun?

          .22 Beretta 950:
          Weight 9.9 oz, Length 4.7″, Width 0.9″, Height 3.4″

          .380 APC Ruger LCP II:
          Weight 10.6 oz, Length 5.1, Width 0.9″, Height 3.7″

        • The recoil is the real discriminator, depending on the person. I carry a G43 which is about the size of the LCP but shoots 9mm. I have no problem with it, but I have friends and loved ones that can’t handle recoil due to injury or psychology. To those that can’t but still wish to carry, a 22lr is nothing to shake a stick at. I personally find that if a gun is smaller then the bobcat no matter what caliber, it’s hard to shoot well.

          • How I wish you were correct but the G43 is far larger than the LCP. I considered the Glock 43 because I desperately wanted 9mm for my EDC, but could not find any 9mm small enough to be a true pocket pistol. I really did like the feel of the G43, however it is not enough smaller than my Springfield XD-45ACP MOD.2 sub-compact that holds 13+1 rounds of .45 ACP +P.

            Glock 43
            Weight 16.64 oz, Length 6.26, Width 1.02″, Height 4.25″

            .380 APC Ruger LCP II:
            Weight 10.6 oz, Length 5.1, Width 0.9″, Height 3.7″

            Springfield XD-45ACP MOD.2
            Weight 26 oz, Length 6.5, Width 1.2″, Height 4.75″

      • I did look. After I posted at a few vids on You Tube. What I said is in reality pretty ignorant. I will admit it.
        That said my 22 hasn’t been carried in years. Its what I call my couch gun. Always near by. I home carry too. So its now loaded with some older CCI Stingers.

        • I am glad I could be of assistance. I would hate you to have found out the hard way.

          As you can see below, your .22 Beretta Bobcat 21A is actually 10% heavier and 22% wider than my .380 APC Ruger LCP II.

          I also doubt you are reaching anywhere near 1640 fps out of the Beretta 21A’s 2.4″ barrel.

          I used to carry CCI Stingers in my NAA Mini Revolver, but came to learn that Stingers need a far longer barrel to achieve the needed velocity for expantion. After studying ballistic tests, I no longer think Stingers are the answer for handguns. Stinger is still the only ammo I will shoot in my rifles.

          Beretta Bobcat 21A
          Weight 12 oz, Length 4.9, Width 1.1″, Height 3.7″

          .380 APC Ruger LCP II:
          Weight 10.6 oz, Length 5.1, Width 0.9″, Height 3.7″

          Factored for inflation, I paid $372.62 for my .22 Beretta 950 ($125.00 38 years ago) and Ruger LCP sell for $169 today and last week the Remington RM380 Micro Concealed Carry .380 ACP pistol (improved remake of the $1,200.00 Rohrbaugh Firearms model R380) sold out everywhere for $99 including two magazines after rebate.

  3. AMMO? Not in commie kalifornia. Even Wal-Mart has pulled sales. LGS have already increased prices. All part of the plan folks. Wake the hell up. This poo is infectious and spreads.

  4. Well they need to get back on with the 5 mm mag. Seems that this ammo needs to be put back into production as it’s hard to find and costs an arm and leg to buy….

  5. Aguilla loads the 5mm. rimfire at times. It’s good quality stuff and reasonably priced. If your local guy doesn’t have any, just go online for it. I am pleased with their rimfire rounds.
    Demand for that is low, so it may not always be in production, but place an order and you will see it…
    I use the .22 Win.magnum (WRM) myself, and when I need a softer game load I shoot the ancient .22WRF loads, with the 45 gr. bullet in my magnum guns. Great on bunnies and squirrels.

    On a side note, I am really hating the latest page redirects TTAG. Nothing will drive us away more than this. Don’t be a shithole site, do away with this now please.

  6. I tried the segmented loads by various manufacturers and was not happy with the results. It all started with Kwik-Shok way back when and others jumped on the bandwagon later on. I wholeheartedly agree with Steve S. on the dismal performance of this concept.
    One load that impresses the hell out of me is the Winchester Power Point .22 long rifle!
    It’s as accurate as can be and really has the best of two worlds, good penetration and great expansion too. It is my go-to long rifle ammo. Try a box, it is great!

  7. Whatever has become of the .17 Mach 2?? The stuff was in all the reviews a few years ago, now it is as dead as nails? It was the short version of the .17 HRM similar to a .22 LR in size except for being necked down to take the tiny pills. Fortunately I did not jump on that bandwagon. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program….

  8. This is all BS.. The writer would make you believe that 22lr was not available. I have bought my fair share with no problems even at discount from CCI distributers. So I done see the point of this article. Just say they have 2 new product for the 22lr and 17hmr. Don’t fluff it.

    Really writers need to grow up.

  9. 5 mm magnum, if they were easy to get demand would explode ! aguilla production runs disappear guickly and are few and far between !

  10. Even more accurate than the standard Mini Mag. This round dropped a large dog with a frontal chest shot, the same shot with regular HPs and they run. I made a marginal hit today on a tree squirrel, but the round made up for it. It’s what stays in my 10/22 now

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