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CCI Segmented Hollow Point Sub-sonic

CCI Segmented Hollow Point Sub-sonic

In the world of 22 rimfire ammo there is not a lot new; after all what can you do with a small piece of lead apart from bore a hole in its nose? Well up to now that is… as CCI has recently introduced their new Segmented Hollow Point (SHP). In fact not that new as they have simply re-named their existing Quik-Shot load as the SHP though added a sub-sonic choice too, plus a 22 Magnum, which could prove interesting.

As the names suggests the (segmented) 40-grain bullet is designed to break up into three equal pieces of around 13-grains each. I could not get much technical information, but it looks to me (after splitting some) that this is achieved by forming weakening rings into the body to make it less solid.

The Dreaded Zing..

This seemed to me like a good idea as the big problem with any 22 bullet is its ricochet factor. This is a serious issue when hunting as once you have heard that awful zinging noise as it bounces off the ground it’s never forgotten. OK 40-grains of lead travelling at under 1000 fps might not seem much, but you never know!

Also interesting is the potential terminal effect, in theory you should get three separate wound channels thus causing faster incapacitation and death on rabbits and hares. Of the two species the former are definitely tougher and a badly placed shot even from a hollow point can leave them with enough life to kick into cover or down a hole.

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The ammunition is copper-coated and shows a decent sized hollow point cavity which we are told is generating 1050 fps/98 ft/lbs. Testing used a 16” Browning T-Bolt rifle with PES MM22 moderator. Accuracy was compared with Winchester and SK subs and found to be about the same with ½ - ¾” groups at 50-yards and around the inch at 100 with a drop of about 4”. Like these two it proved good medicine for small game! Over the chrono the SHP showed a wide extreme spread (ES) at 51 fps with a low of 981 and a high of 1032 fps.

Bouncy Bouncy

With accuracy established the next question was does it bounce or break? By chance a friend of mine had bought a quantity of the SHP as he too assumed it would be less prone to ricochet. His view; if it did he would start using his 22 rimfire more. After both of us had done some experimenting he simply handed me the spare rounds and said he could see no difference and would not be using it. I found the same as only once in about 20 shots did I notice any difference and reduction in the ricochet effect. However, this is merely an observation, as every make of 22 rimfire bounces - so hardly news. You just need to consider your backstop…

On the plus side the SHP does seem to kill better on body shots, so apparently the bullet construction works on the target. It was regularly punching over rabbits and hares with chest shots at normal rimfire hunting distances. However, I’m not sure about foxes as they can really take some punishment as we all know!

Though there are no claims that the SHP is ricochet-free, which is certainly is no, it perhaps offers just a bit more in terminal effect. But at just under £150 a 1000 it’s expensive by comparison to the other top brands, which I don’t think will do it any favours.

For: Certainly improves terminal effect on body shots
Against: Still ricochets near as much as standard 22 subs
Verdict: Different, useful but a bit pricey

PRICE: RRP £145.00 per thousand

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  • Yes, they still bounce if you miss the rabbit, but I have found that other types of .22 LR HP will pass straight through rabbits and then riccochet to goodness know where! These don't bounce after exiting the rabbit. In most cases, the three segments remain in the rabbit, after doing untold damage in there.
    I have retrieved segments from rabbits shot, and they can be in vastly different parts of the animal, like boomerang shaped bits of shrapnel.

    A pity about the price, but accuracy seems pretty good, and terminal effect is awesome. Therefore, if the cartridge : kill ratio is improved then the price is probably worth paying.

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    09 Jun 2012 at 06:41 PM
  • cci segmented rounds . in sub .22 work realy well they do open up ,as stated, and kill as well as winchester subsoncs, they are not as acurate as eley subs ,but do not ricochet, as mutch,and and you know that any fragment that exits your quary has alot less power than other rounds and should be stoped by your back stop,normal safety rules should always be followed, these rounds might well catch on, winchester now make them , its a shame some people dont like change,

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    pest man
    04 May 2012 at 07:46 PM
  • I can understand that and it's a valid point, but finding any round that has bounced is near impossible. From my ears they sound identical to a solid bodied 22 sub pinging off the ground. If they do break up then yes; the sub missile swarm will decelerate faster and carry less energy, which is no bad thing.

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    peter moore
    10 Aug 2011 at 07:13 PM
  • people that have used these say that the ricochet of the (SHP) sounds different to that of a normal sub, sooo is it not the fragments rather than the hole round of the Segmented Hollow Point that people hear ricocheting?

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    10 Aug 2011 at 06:36 PM
  • I assume the tests were carried out simply by firing shots, at an angle, at the ground?

    If so would it not have been interesting to have tried firing shots through a 'rabbit like media', or even a dead rabbit and made another comparison with say Winchester subsonic?

    I wouldn’t expect any improvement otherwise, maybe if the ground was very wet because I guess usually its moisture entering the hollow cavity that causes expansion.


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    19 Jun 2011 at 01:46 AM