NEW Federal Premium .22 Long Rifle Bulk Packs & Hunter Match

Hunter Match

Rimfire ammunition, after what seems like an eternity to shooters, is finally becoming available again. Federal Premium is growing their already expansive line of rimfire offerings with some more bulk packs and more premium hunting rounds with Hunter Match.

The .22 long rifle bulk packs come in two different varieties deemed “Federal 22 Long Rifle Range & Field.” Both bulk packs come in a 275-count package. The specifications for both can be seen below:

Hunter MatchFederal 22 Long Rifle Range Bulk Pack

  • .22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Lead Round Nose
  • Improved Accuracy due to Improved Manufacturing Processes
  • Ballistically Matched Loads provide similar Aiming Point
  • 275 Count – MSRP $20.95

Hunter MatchFederal 22 Long Rifle Field Bulk Pack

  • .22 Long Rifle 38 Grain Copper Plated Hollow Point
  • Improved Accuracy due to Improved Manufacturing Processes
  • Ballistically Matched Loads provide similar Aiming Point
  • 275 Count – MSRP $22.95

What makes these bulk packs more intriguing for consumers than other options already on the market is the fact that they are ballistically matched. Federal Premium explains what that means:

Federal 22 Long Rifle Range & Field rounds provide nearly identical ballistics, reducing or eliminating the need to adjust sights when shifting between loads.

To go from the range to the field seamlessly can be a big benefit for consumers who hunt. What will also benefit hunters is Federal’s new Hunter Match ammunition. The new Hunter Match ammo can be found in 50-count and 500-count packages with the following specs:

Hunter MatchFederal Premium .22 Long Rifle Hunter Match

  • .22 Long Rifle 40 Grain MATCH Hollow Point
  • Loaded to High-Velocity Match-Grade Accuracy specification
  • Nickel-Plated Case for Reliable Extraction & Corrosion Protection
  • Hollow-Point Lead Bullet tuned for Optimum Penetration & Expansion out to 100 yards

Although most of this ammunition will be shipped to dealers in 500-count packages the only MSRP stated by Federal is for the smaller 50-count boxes at $7.95 each. This puts it right on par with other hollow-point favorites like CCI Mini-Mag. Federal expanded on the improved qualities of the Hunter Match ammo:

The Hunter Match 22 LR hollow-point lead bullet has been tuned for optimum penetration and expansion out to 100 yards, and its high-velocity loading provides the flat trajectories and energy to take down any target. Its nickel-plated case ensures flawless extraction and inhibits corrosion.

You will hopefully be seeing both the Hunter Match and the Field & Range Bulk packs hitting store shelves soon. Federal has stated that they are, in fact, already shipping to dealers.





The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • nate

    what took so long to get this available again?

    • Paul White

      and why is 22 WMR still so damn scarce and pricey?

      • Ed

        Because nobody plinks 22wmr and the mark-up percentages are way low. Low profit= low availability.

      • Shankbone

        Everyone who bought a Kel Tec PMR is buying all the ammo, searching for the loading their gun likes, myself included.

  • Spencerhut

    Notice the “bulk” packs keep getting smaller? Oh well. I’ll be happy when it’s just available in quantity at normal prices.

    • ORCON

      It wasn’t that long ago a guy could snag a brick of Lightning or Blazer for less than 10 bucks. Those were good times.

    • Calavera

      After the great ammo famine of 2010, I’m happy it’s available at all. I was beginning to think rimfire ammo was a myth; a tale told by old men sitting around the campfire…”I recall the days when you could get a”brick”of the stuff, fer’ less than five dollars! Hand ta’ gawd!”

      • Jess

        Heads up, if you have any hardware stores around you that sell guns, check those places out. In my area all the local actual gun stores and sporting stores were always sold out of .22LR, but not the local hardware store, only thing they had difficulty getting was .22 WMR

  • RSG

    22plinkster (yes- Federal is his sponsor), has a recent video out proclaiming this a very accurate 22lr round, fwiw.

  • Sam Damiano

    Smaller boxes, higher prices, and idiots to buy it off the shelf instead of letting it sit until the companies quit gouging. I’ll wait a few months.

    • int19h

      Did waiting a few months ever made companies “quit gouging” before? Why do you believe this time is different?

  • Ed

    “What makes these bulk packs more intriguing for consumers than other options already on the market is the fact that they are ballistically matched.”
    You mean the 325 match target bulk packs I’m getting at Walmart for 16 bucks are getting re-boxed and the price is going up for 50 less rounds? How exciting! Same thing with powder now..” It’s $35 a lb. now, but at least we can get it again.” Sucks.

  • sb

    0.076 or 0.084 cents per round….screw it…..l guess I will continue shooting my BB and pellet guns and save my money for .223 and 9mm

  • ozzallos .

    You know what else is still at premium prices? Normal crap .22
    The retailers can go suck something rude after bending its consumers over so thoroughly.

  • Russian Roulette dont Tweet

    525 bulk pack at Walmart was $12 not that long ago. Sheesh, what happened?

    • Bean Guy

      That hasn’t been for like 4 years dude. At least not where I’m at.