If you are new to the world of 22LR ammunition, here's a ballpark overview of the 22LR velocity continuum. It's not exact, and you will notice that the ammunition types may overlap at the ends of their velocity range. Let's just call this my interpretation of 22LR ammunition I've seen available recently with a little bit of 22LR SAAMI specification review thrown in for good measure.
Subsonic usually less than 1080 fps
Standard Velocity between 1050 fps and 1125 fps
High Velocity between 1150 fps and 1300 fps
Hyper Velocity over 1300 fps
At this point, I feel compelled to state the obvious. These tests were funded entirely by me. The tests were conducted as stringently as possible to control variables that were under my control. The test results are representative of the performance differences I noted when testing TWO SPECIFIC SAMPLES of ammunition purchased at retail level. The results are not intended to be interpreted as representative of their respective brands, or even other samples of these specific ammunition products. I have no vested interest in the outcome of the tests other than my own knowledge and satisfying my curiosity.
My test firearms were previously used by me in speed steel competitions. High power scopes were added to facilitate more precise shooting. Both scopes were dialed up to 16x magnification for the tests. Rifle barrel length 16.5". Pistol barrel length 4.5". All shooting was done from the rests shown in the photo above.
Targets were set at 25 yards. A chronograph was positioned 10 feet in front of the muzzle to capture the velocity of each test shot.
The velocity data summary and test targets are all displayed below. Three rifle test groups were shot on the bottom targets and a single pistol group was shot on the top target of each page. The groups are labeled for your convenience.
It might be tempting to rush to judgement based on this comparison test, but we also need to consider functionally reliability. I actually worked on this project over two days. On day one, I sighted in the scopes. I quickly discovered the trigger installed in my rifle was giving me light strike failures to fire with both ammunition types. More frequently with the Aguila than the CCI. I recovered a few of those rounds and included a picture below.
I swapped out the trigger with another I had on hand before returning to the range to conduct the actual testing. Replacing the trigger resolved the light strike "problem" with both ammunition samples. Clearly, this wasn't really a problem with the ammunition, but rather my test firearms. It does illustrate the importance of testing ammunition in YOUR specific firearms before you rely on it for competition.
Similarly, your personal pistol and rifle barrels may give you better, or worse, groups than I managed in my testing. My take away from this testing was confirmation that Aguila Super Extra SV groups really well from Tactical Solutions X-Ring rifle barrels. This is something I initially discovered during my accuracy testing with the Ultimate Lightweight Small Game Rifle.
I'm currently working my way through my last few cases of Federal Champion AutoMatch. Before that supply is gone, I'm going to do some additional testing with Aguila Super Extra SV in my current competition firearms to make sure it's 100% reliable. If it is, I anticipate making the change to use Super Extra SV as my practice and competition ammunition.