Best .22 LR Ammo for the GSG 522

As I’m sure you know by now that 22 ammo is not 100% reliable. Some guns shoot certain types of ammo better then others.

While the GSG 522 shoots most types and is less picky then some 22 rifles, it still likes certain ammo better then others.

I’ve personally shot 3 types of ammo through my GSG 5 and I’ll list those below along with other ammo I’ve found around the web that other GSG 5 shooters have said works great in their gun.

Let us know in the comments what ammo has worked well with your GSG 5 and what has not. 

Ammo that shoots good

  • CCI Ammo
  • Remington Golden Bullets
  • PMC Zapper – higher price
  • Federal American Eagle
  • Federal Value Pack
  • Blazer Brass

Federal Value Pack normally found at WalMart for around $11-12 for a box of 550. Copper coated, Hollow Point, 36grain. GSG-5s eat this stuff up like candy.

Remington Golden Bullet 22 LR
1280 FPS
Cost = $.04-.06
Great shooting ammo that is pretty cheap and shoots good in the GSG 5, I had only 1-2 mis fires in over 100 rounds on a new gun.
Read reviews >

remington 22 lr golden bullet


CCI Mini Mag 40 Grain .22 LR
1235 fps
Cost = $.06-.09

This is probably the best 22 LR ammo and shoots great in any 22 pistol or rifle. I had no jams with this ammo in the GSG 5 or any of the other semi-auto pistols and rifles I test it in.

CCI mini mag

 


 

Ammo to avoid shooting in the GSG 5

  • Remington Thunderbolt ammo – BAD – It is extremely dirty and will foul the barrel up with a heavy coat of lead.
  • Winchester Xpert – They will not cycle properly.
  • Winchester 22LR Hollow Point Rounds

Winchester 22LR Hollow Point Rounds
1280 fps
Cost = $.04-.06
I purchased this at Walmart.

This ammo says it’s a high velocity but  for whatever reason it doesn’t shoot well in the GSG 5 or other semi auto pistols and rifles. It does shoot fine in bolt action rifles and revolvers.

I had several jams with this ammo in my GSG , Smith and Wesson .22 pistol, Ruger SR22 pistol and a AR15 with a .22 LR barrel.
winchester 22 555

Remington Thunderbolt ammo – BAD – do not use…in any gun. 

It is extremely dirty and will foul the barrel up with a heavy coat of lead. It will cycle properly, but the hours of cleaning it will require is not worth it.

Read about it here > http://www.ar15.com/archive/topic.html?b=6&f=41&t=242074

thunderbolts

thunderbolt ammo

 

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

scott September 8, 2013 at 7:18 am

what’s so bad about this ammo? I shot it threw my GSG 522 SD and it ran just fine

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gadmin September 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

@ Scott, which ammo are you talking about that ran fine?

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scott September 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

The Remington Thunderbolt ammo. A buddy gave me it cause he sold his .22 rifle. So I shot a few rounds threw my gsg 522 and it ran fine

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gadmin September 11, 2013 at 11:12 am
pageeasyrider November 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I just bought the gsg 522 and shot about 12 rounds of the remy value pack hollw point and jammed like crazy – I was told cant use these rounds but the post above states they will work – any suggestions

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gadmin November 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Try the CCI 22lr ammo.
Did you try the “Remington Golden Bullets”? I’ve personally shot 100+ of those through mine without too many issues.
Have you tried one ammo that works well for you yet?

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Joshua November 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

I did not like my experience with the Remington rounds. They jammed like crazy and I swear there were times that my left arm felt the gas or powder discharge thru the mag slot on the side. Scared the crap out of me so I don’t use them. I do love the CCI MINI MAG and the Winchester Super Max seems to work well when out of CCI. I never experienced anything like I did with the Remmington rounds in my life. Anybody else? Also, could I have had too much oil at the time? I wonder if that caused the “blast” out of the mag slot.

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Kyle April 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Best ammo to run through this rifle is CCI Stinger or CCI Velocitor. I don’t use on copper jacketed rounds after I had a double feed and a partially chambered round go off luckily the pressure went out the ejection port had I been a left handed shooter I would have been hurting as a large chunk of the shell was missing. But I love this gun it just needs some TLC and for the shooter to remember it’s not really an MP5 so no need to mag dump or you risk losing an appendage.

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topknot May 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Just bought a used GSG 522 SD locally from a private seller. When I got it home and shot it with ammo he had included (some Winchester 36gr,1280 fps hp), it jammed every few shots (failure to properly feed and mashing the bullet). Here is what I did:

1. cleaned rifle, it was a bit dirty but not bad. Just wiped it out (didn’t even field strip it).
2. Oiled it with Oil Rig spray well.
3. followed the youtube instructions to lightly sand the plastic finger tabs on each magazine (not sure if it helped, but it didn’t hurt). :)
4. switched to CCI Mini-Mag ammo.

Since those changes, it is shooting without a single jam. Going to give this to my son, so I wanted it running right. Zeroed the reflex sight and it is ready to present to him now. Quite happy. Got the rifle with reflex optic, a nice padded case, and 6 mags, plus about 300 rounds of assorted .22lr ammo for $350.

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eric June 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I put 150 rounds of eley club rounds through my gsg522 and not one failed or jammed. Every round shot perfectly. I have tons of the thunderbolt stuff but have yet to shoot with it. Also cci hollow point 36 grain, but haven’t shot with it yet. We will see if either can live up to the eley.

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Fish August 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

I’ve put 300 rounds of CCI Standard velocity through mine with no issue I could blame on the gun. I’ve had a couple jams but I’m pretty sure it was due to a mistake on my part.

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fireguy October 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

One of the attractors to this kind of “fun-gun” it that it looks like it is suppressed. For most of us, that’s all we need, but I’m wondering if sub-sonic rounds would make it “sound” quieter. Does this rifle even digest sub-sonic ammo, and if so, which brand is best?

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Travis October 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

Sub-sonic rounds won’t cycle a semi-auto .22lr rifle or pistol.
Most semi-auto rifles require at least average velocity ammo and the higher the velocity the better.
(You could fire one at a time)

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