Winchester 22 WMR PDX1 Defender

Winchester 22 WMR PDX1

More than a few people carry or keep a 22 rimfire for self defense.  Many of these folks are using the ubiquitous 22 Long Rifle cartridge.  But, I know several people who like to keep a firearm chambered for the more powerful 22 WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire) cartridge.

Winchester Ammunition loads a 22 WMR round in the company’s popular PDX1 Defender line.  The round uses a 40 grain JHP bullet and is rated at 1295 fps.  Depending on what the round is being shot through, velocity could be much lower in practice.

Winchester 22WMR

The Winchester PDX1 is one of several respected lines of self defense ammunition loading for the 22 WMR.  The others include Speer’s Gold Dot and Hornady’s Critical Defense.  While the caliber would not be my first choice for self defense in most situations, it makes a lot of sense for some people due to ailment, injury or financial situation.  It is comforting to know Winchester and others are loading good ammo for the caliber.




Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • beaubonyx

    I wonder if my pmr-30 would run this?

    • Daniel Aguirre

      It will. I shot 100 rounds of the stuff with my PMR-30 with no problems.

  • Raven

    Ehh…I guess any gun is better than none when it comes down to it, but really, does a .32 or a .380 have so much more recoil that someone comfortable with a .22WMR couldn’t handle it?

    • tomaso

      yes.

  • Sid

    The first time I handled a .22 WMR I was immediately struck by how much LOUDER the bullets were when compared to .22 LR. I doubt the ballistics are much better, but the sound may be a threat. EMS personnel can tell the difference in woundings by looking for a .22 sized wound on a patient with no hearing left.

    • tomaso

      WHAT!!!????…………………………lol = )

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Page/530061988 Brian Page

    Well, that was disappointing. I was thinking this would be an evaluation of the ammo. My grandmother is interested in a .22 for personal defense, because even a .38 Special is a bit much for her, and from what I’ve seen, Hornady’s .22 Magnum Critical Defense load can create a wound comparable to a .380 ACP. I was wondering how the Winchester PDX1 load compared to Hornady’s.

  • bbmg

    If it is to be used as a defensive round, the question would be how much penetration is lost due to expansion? Can it reliably make it through 12 inches of ballistic gelatin?

    • bbmg

      not bad.

  • Komrad

    40gr and sub-1300 fps? I am not impressed at all unless that velocity is measured from a short pistol barrel.

    Aguila and CCI both make 40 gr .22 LR ammo with advertised velocities above 1400 fps, and that’s only .22 LR. Your average .22 Win Mag 40 gr normally pushes 2000 fps.

    If the velocity was measured through a normal, long, test barrel, then the performance is abysmal literally worse than .22 LR.

    If the velocities are from a 2″ or so test barrel (as Hornady and Speer do with their .22 WMR ammo), then this is impressive, beating both by a good 300 fps.

    Still rather anemic and serves to illustrate that .22 WMR will never be adequate for self defense, but better than the competition and probably the best choice for .22 WMR revolvers or the PMR-30.

  • MOG

    My info may be outdated, but seems I read somewhere that more people die from being shot with .22s than any other caliber. Granted, not a one shot stop, but nothing is, unless hits right spot first shot. People think nothing of having 9 mm with hi cap mags, knowing the 9 mm may take multiple hits, but having a .22 with hi cap mag fast firing holding on target, one round after another, is nothing to take lightly. We could argue all week over effective rounds, be like arguing over which would be better to be hit by, a train, or a Volkswagen Beetle. If the Beetle hits you right, it is gonna hurt.

    • tomaso

      agreed…i got a PMR for my wife, she shoots it very good…and with it she has 30 tries to make her point before a reload> (so far no feeding or extraction issues with 200 to 300 rounds fired..) not to mention extremely low recoil and light weight …only negative is the euro style heel mag release,

      • FourString

        yes, i dislike those heel mag releases, specifically on an AMT Lightning (Ruger Mk III clone). not as intuitive as the normal mag release.

    • FourString

      +1. well phrased & I agree

    • Jester

      That would be what we call a big fat myth. The idea is that people treat .22LR like a toy. Nobody keeps track of what caliber causes death. Attempting to use .22LR as a defensive cartridge is highly inadvisable.

      • bbmg

        It depends what you’re shooting it out of. A hit to the CNS with a 22LR will cause immediate incapacitation and likely death. A hit in the arm from a 45 ACP will not put a man down.

    • bbmg

      There are a lot of killings with 22 rimfires simply because it is an extremely common calibre, though the statistic you quoted are probably a myth: http://newyorkcityguns.com/2013/04/but-the-22-has-killed-more-people-than-all-other-calibers-combined-myth-debunked/

    • Esh325

      How many of them are suicides though or accidents?

  • http://twitter.com/blakedotfr Blake

    When I saw 1295fps I had to double-check that these weren’t 22LR…

    For a 40 grain bullet in 22WMR, 1300fps is abysmally slow from a rifle, but about what one would expect to see from a handgun. Win should really do a better job of indicating that the advertised speed is from a 4 inch handgun bbl (or whatever they used in testing), and publish the rifle numbers along site it to avoid the obvious confusion.

    That being said, if someone were to make a “defensive” 22WMR load you’d think that they’d stick with the heavier 50-55gr bullet weights available. From a handgun, there’s just not that much difference between this 40gr round and something like a 22LR Aguila Interceptor HP.

    I suppose the reasoning is that most 22WMR semi-auto handguns were designed more around cycling well with the popular 30-40gr stuff & not the bigger 50gr+ bullets…

    • Komrad

      The PMR-30 actually has trouble stabalizing 40gr, but not 30gr or 50gr for some reason.

  • tomaso

    Hornady’s velocities are 1000 fps from 1 7i8 barrel with desent expansion and penetration …so if winchester can get 1295 out of the same barrel length thats pretty good.
    Hornadys CD out of the Kel-Tec PMR is pretty punchy …id love to try some of these, but at this rate I’m more likely to win the lottery then find WMR ammunition.

    • Stan Osborne

      I have a pmr 30 my favorite gun, Hornady critical defense ammo packs a punch and is accurate. I tried some pdx1 defender yesterday I don’t know but they actually snapped my wrist with a little pain. All I know I’d hate to get hit with one.

  • T.R. “STONEWALL” SHIELDS

    I RECENTLY RETIRED FROM BOTH POLICE AND EMS SERVICES AFTER OVER 37 YEARS OF FULL-TIME SERVICE. I PERSONALLY CAN ATTEST THAT I HAVE SEEN MORE PEOPLE KILLED OUTRIGHT(DRT) OR MORTALLY WOUNDED FROM A .22 LONG RIFLE ROUND(S) THAN ANY OTHER ROUND. ALTHOUGH I USUALLY CARRY A KIMBER CDP 2 .45 ACP PISTOL, SOMETIMES I “GO LIGHT” AND CARRY MY RUGER SR.22 PISTOL. I’M VERY CONFIDENT WITH THE .22. SHOT PLACEMENT IS EVERYTHING!