Is Plated .22 Ammo Cleaner?
We get a lot of questions from people who are wondering whether plated .22 ammo will shoot cleaner than the non-jacketed stuff we're all used to. The main issue with rimfire ammo is that the non-jacketed rounds will cause lead build-up in suppressors - which is why almost all .22 suppressors come apart for cleaning. On top of the lead build-up, .22 ammo tends to be dirty anyway; but, for this test, we wanted to focus on the difference that copper plating makes - so we decided to go with a box of 525 rounds of Remington brass plated hollow points. We also decided to use a brand new SWR Warlock II suppressor since the new click-together baffles make it very easy to tell how much crud really was collected inside the suppressor. Mr. Subsonic generously volunteered his time to shoot all 525 rounds out of a Browning Buckmark pistol - and I could tell that his fingers were getting a bit sore from loading magazines by the end. :) Regardless, the results were interesting! Anyone who's shot 500 to 1000 rounds through a rimfire suppressor is familiar with the crud that comes out when they take the suppressor apart for cleaning. (I generally don't really clean the suppressor as much as I just shake the crud out, clean the threads, and put it back together...)