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Old 07-02-2013, 8:03 PM
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Default Remington Thunderbolts

Looking thru some metal ammo cans today and came across six bricks of Remington Thunderbolt 22LR I had forgotten I had this, I'm guessing I bought this around 1986 or so, been stored good wonder how it will shoot?
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check the projectiles and as long as none of them have sunk in to the casing, and the ammo isn't corroded, they'll probably shoot just like you walked out of walmart with them today.
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and on that note...wanna mail me some?
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If they don't shoot well it may not be their age but the fact that they're Rem Thunderbolts.
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stick the thunderbolts in a revolver or bolt action and they'll shoot as reliably as any other 22
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Probably better quality than current production Remington ammo.If stored clean and dry,will shoot fine.
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Since you got these way back when when they were dirt cheap - you can donate these to the NRA instructors providing free WOT sessions up and down the state.

Then you can go out and put yourself in debt buying today's more expensive replacements!

It's for a good cause.

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Back when I bought these probably Kmart this stuff shot great in everything I used it in, a lot thru a stock 10/22, Browning SA22, Marlin 60 & Browning Challenger.
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Back when I bought these probably Kmart this stuff shot great in everything I used it in, a lot thru a stock 10/22, Browning SA22, Marlin 60 & Browning Challenger.
I got a brick of Thunderbolts priced at $9.95, I think from the 90's. Those were the days!
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I got a brick of Thunderbolts priced at $9.95, I think from the 90's. Those were the days!
Way back when if we were in Kmart, White Front or Gemco I'd stop by the sporting goods section and if brick of 22's were on sale I'd grab it, even my wife if she was out and saw one under $10 she'd buy one. But we shot a lot of 22's back then.
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Remington Thunderbolts have been Jam-O-Matics for me. I would rather just empty my mags and throw them at the target sometimes.
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I haven't tried the new stuff but I don't recall us ever having a problem with it back then, we really just bought by price and not brand back then, those rifles just fed and shot everything without a hitch.
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Tried to use them on my GSG 1911. Jammed all the time. CCI mini mags were perfect. I think they would be fine in a bolt action.
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I shoot Thunderbolts because I absolutely LOVE being annoyed at the endless amount of FTFs. If I had a nickel for every accrued minute, from every 10 second wait time before clearing the chamber, I would have enough to buy another bulk box of Federal Auto Match. My GSG 1911 digs the **** out of those.



Thunderbolts DO have a cool sounding name though.



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They work fine in both by Ruger Mark II and Marlin 60. Golden Bullets work even better.
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I shoot Thunderbolts because I absolutely LOVE being annoyed at the endless amount of FTFs. If I had a nickel for every accrued minute, from every 10 second wait time before clearing the chamber, I would have enough to buy another bulk box of Federal Auto Match. My GSG 1911 digs the **** out of those.



Thunderbolts DO have a cool sounding name though.



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Darn maybe I should try and sell these off of course I'll have to post a disclaimer
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yea expect to get about 5 duds per box
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yea expect to get about 5 duds per box

Not sure about the new stuff but I cannot recall a FTF when this ammo was bought. Perhaps the quality has changed.
I'm going to take a brick of this out and see if its like the new stuff.
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if it jams up for you, i'll go ahead and dispose of them properly...revolvers and bolts aren't picky at all.
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Not sure about the new stuff but I cannot recall a FTF when this ammo was bought. Perhaps the quality has changed.
I'm going to take a brick of this out and see if its like the new stuff.
I've been shooting a new box of Thunderbolts and seriously FTF 1 out of 5. Another 1 out of 5 stove pipe while a second round gets jammed into the mix. Gets frustrating but then I just remember it slows down my shooting . Then I remember it still sucks.
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I've gone through 4 bricks of TB with my 10/22 TD since january and have had maybe 10 FTF..
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I'm thinking of listing the remainder four bricks in the for sale forum but only local sale. I have a fair stash of 22LR could spare these.
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I recently traded bricks of Fed HPs for bricks of Thunderbolts because my .22s did not like the HPs, still have bricks of Fed HPs but going to save those for friends to use.
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I just made a trade for two bricks with a member who wanted something with a little more zip.
Still have 0 left. Member local just talked me out of it.
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I have quite a few bricks of older production Thunderbolts and have shot them from several 22s with no issues I can recall...
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I used Thunderbolts when I went through my Appleseed class. Made Rifleman. The Appleseed instructors were amazed, as the Thunderbolts are pretty universally despised. Guess I got lucky. For my 10/22, they worked fine.
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