CCI Stingers vs. Mini Mags Cost
I have zero experience with CCI ammo. I have never shot CCI Stingers or Mini Mags but I have been thinking about trying them out to see what they're like. I bought a box of each when I was at Wal-Mart last night and let me say when I bought them, I felt as if it was going to be one of the biggest high points of my week-end. How sad is that? ;-)
From reading the posts on here, some people seem to love Stingers and some people seem to hate them. Some people have stated that Stingers make a great impact and like the results they get when they shoot them. Others say that the Stingers are too fast when they hit something, they fragment and break up into pieces and this results in little or poor penetration. The counter to this is that they're designed to do this and they're supposed to break up into three pieces upon impact - I don't remember what benefit this is supposed to have and why this is desirable.
I know ultimately I'm going to have to make my own decision as to whether I like Stingers/Mini Mags and make a determination as to if they are worth the cost respectively. I've never shot anything before as a means of deriving balistic data so I'll have to do a little research to determine how I should test this ammo and perhaps this should be a topic on another post. For this post, however, I'd like to get your ideas on how Stingers stack against Mini Mags and if you believe they are worth the price difference. For convenience, I'll list pricing and ballistic data below;
Stingers (box of 50) - $6.47
Price per bullet - $0.13
Mini Mags (box of 100) - $6.97
Price per bullet - $0.07
The Stingers cost twice as much, travel at 380 fps faster than Mini Mags but give 4 grain up to Mini Mags.
What do you think, are Stingers worth twice as much as Mini Mags? Are Min Mags as effective as Stingers for half the money?
On one last note, I posted here because some people do consider .22 to be a SD caliber for home defense. I do believe a case can be made for using a .22 rifle for home SD.
Thanks for any input/ideas you may have,