The Official Rimfire Ammunition of the Steel Challenge – CCI Clean-22

    CCI Steel Challenge CCI Clean-22

    Apart from plinking in your own back yard with your friends, shooting Steel Challenge might be one of the funniest and easiest ways to start competing with a firearm.

    Just check ‘s extensive Rimfire Report: Shooting Rimfire in the Steel Challenge Competition if you don’t trust me. After all, I mainly shoot 9 mm PCC in Steel, but many of my friends bring their kids and .22LR semi-automatics for a fun day at the range.

    mentioned the .22 LR Clean-22 Steel Challenge from CCI briefly already in January.

    The round is the official ammunition of the USPSA Steel Challenge. It is loaded with 40-grain round nose polymer coated bullets with an advertised muzzle velocity of 1,235 fps.

    You can find prices at the bottom of the article. Perhaps the prices of 22LR ammunition never come back to what we were used to, but for sure they will continue to be among the cheapest ones.

    CCI Clean-22

    Here’s the Product Announcement in full:

    CCI Announces Clean-22 Steel Challenge, The Official Rimfire Ammunition of the Steel Challenge

    LEWISTON, Idaho – March 2020 – CCI, announces new Clean-22 Steel Challenge as the official ammunition of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA). Look for the Steel Challenge logo on the box to symbolize CCI’s support of the organization’s mission to promote participation in steel shooting competition. CCI Clean-22 Steel Challenge uses an exclusive polymer bullet coating to greatly reduce copper and lead fouling in the barrel—without leaving a residue. Shipments of this new product have begun to arrive at dealers.

    “We’re proud to be the first major rimfire ammunition manufacturer to become an official sponsor,” said Federal Marketing Director Jason Nash. “Steel Challenge shooters demand the very best from their ammunition. It needs to be accurate, consistent, and ultra-reliable. With our factory-loaded ammunition, shooters can compete at a high level with ammunition that’s easier on and better for their guns.”

    “The partnership between USPSA and Federal with Syntech Action Pistol has been very successful. We are equally excited about extending that partnership with CCI and Steel Challenge,” said SCSA Director of Marketing, Media & Events Jake Martens. “Forty-six percent of Steel Challenge competition is done with rimfire ammunition. CCI’s production of a competition-ready Clean-22 is a huge win for competitors.”

    The High Velocity load features a 40-grain round nose lead bullet with geometry that’s been optimized for accuracy. With dependable CCI priming and consistent propellant, Clean-22 Steel Challenge provides flawless cycling through all 22 LR firearms. CCI Clean-22 also cuts lead buildup in suppressors up to 60 percent.

    Features & Benefits

    • Official ammunition of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association
    • Polymer bullet coating greatly reduces lead fouling in the barrel without leaving residue
    • Cuts lead buildup in suppressors up to 60 percent
    • 40-grain red lead round nose bullet
    • Optimized bullet geometry for improved accuracy
    • Reliable function in semi-automatic firearms

    Part No. / Description / MSRP

    944CC / High Velocity 22 LR 40-grain red-poly LRN, 1235 fps, 100-count / $10.99

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    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.