Winchester Recalls M*22 .22LR Ammo

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Winchester just announced a recall of two batches of their M*22 line of .22LR ammunition. The lot numbers that are part of the recall are GD42L and GD52L. According to Winchester these lots may have double powder charges which can cause your gun to go kaboom and seriously injure you. If you have any of these batches of ammo DO NOT use them, I know finding .22LR these days is like finding a unicorn, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. More info on the recall can be found below.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® M*22™ 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION WITH LOT NUMBERS GD42L or GD52L. The ammunition Lot Number is imprinted (stamped without ink) on the left tuck flap of the 500-round carton as indicated here. The 1000-round intermediate carton does not have a Lot Number.

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol Number and Lot Number. If it is Symbol Number S22LRT with a Lot Number containing GD42L or GD52L immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 or visit http://www.winchester.com/Product-Service/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to Symbol Number S22LRT with Lot Numbers GD42L and GD52L. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: S22LRT Recall), or contact Winchester Customer Support online.


Ray I.

Ray is an online marketer who got his start in the auto industry taking pictures and writing about cars. A long time gun enthusiast and blogger, his daily firearms musings can be found over at his gun blog ArmoryBlog.com.


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  • james

    I have a feeling that with the gun craze these last few years forcing manufacturers to work 24/7 that QC has suffered. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more recalls and isolated problems with current firearms and ammo. Might be a good time to look at the good quality used guns on the market and let the newcomers to the gun scene be the guinea pigs.

    • Blastattack

      That’s been my strategy thus far. My newest gun is over 20 years old and I have half a dozen that are close to or over 100 years old.

  • Geoff a well known Skeptic

    Given the shortages and hoarding, good luck getting ANY of it back, without a two for one deal. Geoff Who is cynical.

  • atm

    What is this “22 Long Rifle” of which you speak?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      From Winchester:

      If you have any questions concerning this 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: S22LRT Recall), or contact Winchester Customer Support online.

      • atm

        You missed the joke. I haven’t seen .22 Long Rifle around here since November of 2012.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Yea well there is that:-) It’ll get better though

      • mike

        I have some here but mine are not affected by this!!

  • gunslinger

    so are they replacing the ammo? giving a “credit/coupon?”

  • Ken

    Maybe that explains why it cycled so well in my AR with a CMMG conversion.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Winchester needs to make some 7.62×39 like these .22s and ship them to the Taliban/Al Qaeda all over the world. While they’re at it, they should also make a special delivery to Somali pirates as well.

    • Ed Canupp

      Studies and Observation Group did that back in 1960’s on HCM Trail, using C4 mix, resulted in terminal “Bolt Carrier Face” – the concept is proven and does indeed work very well.

  • Asdf

    Tell me, would a double charged 22lr do any harm in a modern gun? The barrels on my 22s are thicker than my larger calibered guns.

    • Risky

      There’s a good chance of damaging all sorts of stuff in semi-autos. Bolts, extractors, magazines. In a pistol I can see it possibly injuring the shooter.

    • Ken

      The problem isn’t your gun not being able to contain the pressure, but the casing not being able to. Rimfire brass is very weak compared to centerfire brass, because the rim has to be “balloon headed” to take the priming compound. If it bursts, then it will dump the high pressure gas into your gun.

    • Nonny Muss

      In short, yes. I blew the extractor of my 10/22 out when I fired a pick-up round at the range which was had been sitting a bit too long. The rim blew out and took the extractor out when it did. I imagine a double-charged round could do the same thing.

  • derfelcadarn

    I’ll put this up against all the criticism of the ammo reloaders and raise you twenty. It appears even the industry giants are capable of kaboom.

  • Ron Fox

    This is great! :{ Earlier this month i stopped by the local gun shop and to my amazement they had exactly one brick of this ammo sitting on an otherwise empty .22lr shelf. I bought it and immediately made plans that as soon as the temperature rises above that of the surface of Pluto i would go plinking. This was, after all, the first .22lr ammo i had seen in over a year. Now, to my horror, i discovered it is part of this recall. :(

    To put my feelings into perspective that everyone can understand i’d like to share this parable. Once there was a king who desired a son to inherit his kingdom. He took on a wife and bedded her but when she gave birth, the child was a daughter. Devastated, the king gave the girl to the peasants and had the worthless mother publicly executed. He then took on a new wife and bedded her. But to his horror she repeated the pattern of birthing a worthless daughter. Again, the girl went to the peasants and the mother was executed. For many years this pattern repeated itself: the king bedded a new wife who gave him yet another daughter; the daughters were given to the peasants while the worthless mothers were executed.

    When the king was old and gray and had nearly lost all hope he heard the wonderful news that his latest wife had birthed a male child. The king was overcome with joy! He immediately made plans for a massive festival where he would proudly present the son to the kingdom. But when the child was brought to the king his heart was broken and he tore his garments. The child had a club foot and a twisted spine! This child was good for nothing! The king, weeping, had the child taken away to be dashed on the rocks and he had the mother publicly flogged and executed.

    This is how having to send this ammo back makes me feel :(

    • virgil

      I have 2 of the 500 round boxes of the M-22. Neither are the recall lots. I would just as soon have them recalled because I have had more misfires with them in the last month then I had with 22’s in general over the past 25 years. I am gettingon the horn in the morning and calling Winchester and beg them to refund me!!!!

  • wheresstockton

    Where do you guys live??? Our WalMarts here in Utah get this stuff shipped two to three times a week….it’s the CCI and Federal stuff that’s sometimes hard to get out here. Winchester and Remington is quite common… they come in spurts. I just bought 2000 rounds of M-22 Monday at one store and 3000 Tuesday atanother for $50.87 a box plus tax. You just need to know which stores have it coming in. There’s an app for your I phones which tells you…and heres a hint… how much you get into your local stores is based on the total of each product sold the previous year by that store and a ratio of the previous 2nd, 3rd and 4th year so obviously they must have sold a lot here in Utah when they introduced it as a new product a couple of years ago. Do your research Dudes!!!

    • Ken

      The Walmart app no longer shows any 22LR ammo like it used to :(

      • wheresstockton

        You’re right and when I went to my Walmart two days ago they had notices about the recall posted all through the sporting goods section. Fortunately all 12 of the 1000 round boxes I have left are not from those two lots and thank goodness the four that my sons and I have already used up apparently weren’t from those lots either.

      • wheresstockton

        Last night the Walmart app was working again as it was before the recall but the M-22 Long rifle is no longer found on the app… everything else I had programmed was.

        • Ken

          You can still find the M22 on Walmart.com, just not on the app.

          • wheresstockton

            When I go to department and then key in M-22 Winchester Long Rifle in the search for product window I get a message that the product cannot be found…so Ken how are you getting a positive on Walmart.com ?

          • Ken
          • wheresstockton

            Well…I guess that sort of works…it just told me that Win. 555’s are in at my local store…which I already knew last night but already have 20 boxes of already

          • Ken

            Can you ever have too much ammo?

          • wheresstockton

            Not when you own your own private 30 acre shooting range and shoot competively. Like I said originally… in Utah it’s not as hard to find as in other places. and like it or not…the stuff is going to get harder to find and more expensive to purchase. A good Friend advised me 10-15 years ago to buy in large bulk and I didn’t listen…he’s my friend and partner I his venture but he’s the one who is selling ammo to our 300 + private members…not me…does that make sense???

          • Ken

            Private 30acre shooting range? Yes please! Nothing like that in CO.

          • wheresstockton

            We have a 5 lane Trap range.. another trap and skeet combination range partially finished…a 25 and 50 yd.. pistol and small bore rifle range… a 100yd rifle range and have 5 of 10 . rifle lane next to the 100 yd. rifle range but that’s down the road. a couple of years Plus we close down for a week to 10 days and hunt doves at the beginning of the dove season. After that we close the ranges at 2:30 p.m. the remainder of the season We have several Huge Cotton wood trees around a small natural spring fed pond. The doves flock in late in the afternoon for water and to roost in the cottonwoods. Sorry that you live in liberalized Colorado.

          • Ken

            Me too. CO wasn’t a liberal hell hole when I moved her years ago. If we can’t elect better representatives in the next election the state will go down the toilet just like CA.

          • wheresstockton

            I guess some how I screwed up that last post…anyways after the 100 yd. range I was saying that we have five of 10 stations finished on a sporting clay course finished as well and that down the road we will add a couple of 150 yard lanes to our existing 100 yd. rifle range.

          • wheresstockton

            Sad to say but Californians moving into Utah have raised hell around here as well….

          • Ken

            Damn, UT was going to be our backup plan if CO didn’t work out :( What’s left? WY, AK, TX? I think I’ve heard that TX is going to be screwed, not only from all the Californians ruining the state but because all of the illegals there.

          • wheresstockton

            South Dakota is my back up for getting away from Californians.. I still own an old church that was converted to a house with 4 acres just 13 miles off the Missouri River about 3 miles north of where the Missouri enters Nebraska. Plenty of fox, coyotes, turkeys, pheasants, a few prairie chickens… lots of sharp tail grouse prairie dogs, mule deer and whitetails… but according to a guy named Northerner on this string he can’t find much for 22 ammo there either so I’ll just keep buying mine as I have been at my local WalMarts and take it with me if I need to.

          • Ken

            I’ve been to Spearfish, SD on business and liked it. I had a lot of fun driving around and got lost for hours in the national forest to the SW of town.

          • wheresstockton

            lol…How does someone from Colorado get lost in the Black Hills…even without a map??? That’s funny

          • Ken

            I was living in Florida at the time just out of college. It was a while ago, so no GPS and I didn’t have a map. I got stuck waiting for a herd of cattle to cross the road. It was a really fun trip.

          • wheresstockton

            Ha !!! Do you know where you made your first mistake??? Silly… You should have gotten involved and helped the rancher get his cattle across the road. You would have scored some points and probably made some friends.

          • wheresstockton

            You should have got out of your vehicle and helped the rancher get his herd across the road. You would have gotten the help you needed finding your way and more than likely would have made a lifetime friend. Who knows… you possibly could have wound up hunting sharp tail grouse and pheasants every year since had you done that. That’s the way people are in South Dakota

          • Ken

            There was no rancher, I was out in the boonies on some Nat’l Forest gravel road.

          • wheresstockton

            There’s only four ways to go from Spearfish…to Lead Deadwood, Sturgis or back to the freeway

          • S.Evans

            See, ya’ll screwed up and became “cool”. CO was on my potential list of retreats from the summer, but it got struck off when they passed that ludicrous ammo limit. What are they going to do with all the M1 Garands out there that will only TAKE 8 round block clips when you have a 7 round limit, and who decided on 7 rounds? Stupid stupid stupid.

          • Ken

            Why do you think CO has a 7 round mag limit? NY did, and it has since been removed as well. CO passed a 15 round mag limit, not 7 rounds. Still, ANY round limit is arbitrary and will do nothing to reduce crime. But we already knew that.

          • S.Evans

            My bad, wrong state, still . . . . what sense magazine limits at all when there are weapons that don’t use them for which such limits are meaningless.

            Besides, it’s not like criminals want to haul around a ton of ammo for something they often don’t even to bother to carry spare magazines for.

            For them the inexpensive handgun bought on the street that they can throw in a ditch when its got a body on it.

          • Judson

            sure there is… it’s call National Forest… :-)

          • Ken

            Easier said than done. Where do you go?

          • wheresstockton

            I reload everything else and the owners of Barnes Bullets are people I know well and their factory is just a couple of miles from me …so rim fires are the only ammunition I have limited access to.

  • David Sharpe

    Damnit, I knew I should have kept the packaging from this stuff. But no, I just had to dump it all into an ammo can.

    • wheresstockton

      You know Dave… I almost did the same thing…but I at least left mine in the 500 round boxes and for some odd reason decided to keep the outer box as well.

  • Idahoshootist

    What was the manufacture date on these batches of ammo?

  • John Double

    Why don’t we have P+ 22lr and guns that can support it?

  • salty man

    Woot our’s is good…Thank god, we had the 1000 rd box

  • Northerner

    i cant even begin to tell you how pi**ed off i am about this recall!
    im in South Dakota and .22 ammo around here is like trying to find nessy or bigfoot. i have been lucky enough in the past year to find some Winchester ammo and now i find out i have 2,000 rounds of the bad stuff that needs to go back and to make things worse i hear they are only giving back a refund? what the hell do i want with a refund?? i want ammo for ammo!! i think Winchester should change this policy immediately or it may hurt customer relations. i know i wont be buying anymore Winchester ammo after this money back fiasco!

    • wheresstockton

      Where in South Dakota do you live. I still have an old house and about 4 acres near Bonesteel and Fairfax in Gregory County. Loved it out there while in the SD Army National Guard for 12 years and working as a Range Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service.

  • 400×40

    I love shooting my .22’s, but because ammo is scarce it’s hard to satisfy my habit. The solution is to shoot my air-rifles. They are accurate out to 50 yards, and some can even be used to plink out to 100 yards. However, spring-piston rifles require a fair amount of technique and practice. But once you’ve master them, they are an excellent alternative to powder-burners.

    I personally believe that the refined technique development required to shoot spring-piston air rifles will make you a better firearm shooter. Also, you can shoot them in your home, or in your back yard. Just make sure you get a decent pellet trap. When I go out to the field or range to shoot high-power, I first warm up with an air-rifle. Let’s me work out my own personal kinks.

    Pellets are cheap, even the better ones. Just read enough reviews at online websites like Pyramyd Air to get an idea as to what pellet seems to shoot well on your particular rifle. Bottom line, you get to exercise your trigger finger at under 2 cents a round. I recommend .177 caliber for less powerful air-rifles, and .22 or .25 caliber for magnums.

    This is a good way to stretch whatever .22 LR inventory you may already have. Airgun Depot’s “Airguns Daily” deals are a great way to find a good quality refurbished air-gun for cheap.

    Happy shooting!

  • wheresstockton

    All five of the boxes that I bought two weeks ago are not from either of the two lots that they’re looking for….and none of the other twelve 1000 round boxes I have bought over the past year are from those lots either.

  • uisconfruzed

    I want! They’re short 22 Win Mags, No way it would kaboom my heavy barreled 10/22

    • S.Evans

      You could seriously damage your bolt group doing this. Not to mention the possibility of attempting to chamber a round when the only part of the previous round extracted was the rear end, and your mainspring is trying to jam it into the previous rounds case . . . Ugly.

      Nope, if ammo is out of spec, send it back, even if there has been no formal recall.

      • uisconfruzed

        I was having some fun, my 10/22 is a Volquartzen match, if I want rapid fire and more power I’ve got a 6.5 Grendel (the pic is it’s bolt), 300BLK, 5.56 and a 223 Wylde.

  • S.Evans

    Thank God I pigged out on Ammo in 2007. I still have alittle left, including 5,000 rounds of .22 LR. Admittedly CHEAP .22LR, but its better than nothing.