The little Bulk .22 LR Ammo is one of the most widely used cartridges in the world. It’s perfect for teaching a new shooter the fundamentals of marksmanship, hunting small game and varmints, target shooting, and just plinking off your back porch. For that reason, just about every big manufacturer like Armscor, Aguila, CCI, Federal American Eagle, Fiocchi, Remington, Sellier & Bellot, and Winchester produces several different variants of .22LR ammo for hunting small game and for target shooting.
Known for having a very mild recoil and report, the .22 Long Rifle is still very capable hunting round. It can also be an extremely accurate cartridge in the right hands and is widely used among competitive shooters all over the world
As good as the Bulk .22 LR Ammo is though, it’s not perfect.
Rimfire cartridges like the .22 Long Rifle (as well as the .17 HMR, .22 Short, and .22 WMR) are not as reliable as centerfire cartridges. For this reason, the .22 Long Rifle would not be my first choice for self-defense. If that’s all you have though, it’s certainly capable of getting the job done.
Additionally, while it is also capable of killing larger creatures (a shot behind the ear with a .22LR is deadly on larger animals), I don’t recommend using the .22 Long Rifle for hunting big game animals like deer, elk, or bears.
All that said though, the .22 Long Rifle is still one of the most popular cartridges in North America. For this reason, there’s a wide variety of .22LR ammo that will work extremely well for plinking, target shooting, and hunting smaller games. So, regardless of whether you’re using a Ruger 10/22, a Marlin Model 60, a Walther P22, a Ruger Single Six, a Browning Buckmark, or some other rifle or pistol, there is pretty much guaranteed to be something for everyone on the list below of the best .22LR ammo for hunting and target shooting.