CCI is bringing out a new .22 LR cartridge called the Quiet-22. Â The new rimfire round will be a low velocity round designed specifically to produce less noise when compared to a standard velocity 22 LR cartridge. Â CCI claims a 75% reduction in noise.
The Quiet-22 uses a 40 grain round nose bullet and creeps along at only 710 fps. Â This cartridge will function perfectly fine in any single shot or bolt action gun. Â According to CCI, the round will also perform well in semi-auto firearms, though manual cycling may be required due to the low velocity.
So, why would anyone want a really slow, really quiet .22 LR cartridge? Â I can think of a couple of reasons. Â You may think of more.
Training New Shooters – New shooters tend to be recoil and noiseÂ sensitive. Â That is one of the reasons why I suggest everyone, especially new shooters, double-up on hearing protections (plugs and muffs). Â The lower the perceived noise, the less likely a flinch will develop.
Politeness – While I don’t mind hearing the occasional gunshot from my neighbors, I don’t particularly care to hear lots of shooting at the crack of dawn when I am trying to get a few extra minutes of sleep. Â Reducing the amount of noise produced means you are less likely to annoy neighbors when on the back 40 getting in a little rimfire shooting.
I imagine pairing the CCI Quiet-22 ammo with a suppressor would make for an extremely stealthy pest gun.
Update: Â CCI is now making a Quiet 22 load using a segmented hollow point for varmint hunting. Â This ammo maintains the incredible low noise signature of the existing Quiet 22 line, but adds a devastating hollow point for the rapid incapacitation of small game and pests. Â This ammo carries a slight premium when compared to other loads, but I can’t think of any other load that offers you the same knockdown power out of such a quiet load.