Hunting Under the Radar? Try the .22 CB Cap Round

If you’ve already taken my advice and purchased yourself a 22 LR rifle (like the Ruger 10/22 which is my favorite) or already have one, you probably love how quiet the 22LR rounds are compared to most other ammunition. But despite being relatively quiet, they are still noticeable to within a few hundred yards by others around you.

22 CB Cap long (left), 22 CB Cap short (right)

Well short of using a suppressor (silencer) which may not be legal in your area, there is a super quiet round available for your rifle that you may not be aware of. It’s called the 22 CB Cap (short for “conical ball cap”).

While not as powerful or accurate over long range as the 22LR round, it is still powerful enough to take small game such as rabbit or squirrel and provides the added advantage of being no louder than a pellet gun (and perhaps even less so). The reason for its silence is due to its minute propellant charge (in many cases it’s just the primer with no gunpowder) which results in a low muzzle velocity of around 700 ft/s (subsonic).

The advantages of this kind of round in a serious survival situation (urban or wilderness) are obvious. With a report no louder than a pellet gun, the .22 CB Cap round gives you the benefit of being able to easily take smaller game — even in a congested urban area — without anyone the wiser (Pigeon anyone? yummy…). It also allows for target practice without bothering the pesky neighbors.

One of the main disadvantages of the .22 CB Cap is that it won’t cycle most semi-automatic firearms. Since the round doesn’t provide enough power to cycle the bolt, each round must be fed manually, one at a time. Despite this major disadvantage I still highly recommend adding a box or two of .22 CB Cap to your store (and some for your second tier kit while your at it) when silence is of primary importance.

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Comment by rick jones
2010-03-07 23:37:13

you may want to upgrade to 22 SHORT. the cb’s sometimes bounce off squirrels even at
close range and are inconsistent in accuracy.I have actually hunted with these rounds so
i’m not just mouthing off.

 
Comment by TacticalIntelligence
2010-03-08 10:29:33

Hey Rick,

Thanks for the comments. I’ve actually never had issues with the .22 CB (Long) round with small critters. I almost exclusively use the “Remington CBees” round. You may just be using a poor round. I heard the CCI CB round isn’t that great so if you’re using that try the Remington.

I’d love to hear your feedback to benefit the rest of us so if you do try it out let us know!

thanks!

 
Comment by felicia bush
2011-06-11 21:01:42

Just killed a squirrel at 35 ft and a small rabbit at 20 ft with 22 CB longs by CCI with a .22 LR lever action rifle. Thanks for the advice on trying Remington. Next case I’ll do that, but so far pleased with CCI.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-06-12 23:53:52

Felicia,

Thanks for the feedback. I’ll have to give the CCI’s a try despite the negative reviews I’ve heard.

 
 
Comment by Ray
2011-11-30 12:52:53

How do these rounds compare to something like the Aguila Super Colibri?

 
Comment by Ray
2011-12-04 09:38:34

I was wondering the same about the Aquila Super Colibri. I’ve heard they are the quiestest of them all. I have a box of the “long” version on order to try.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-12-05 10:43:50

Hey Ray,

I haven’t tried those personally. I’d love to hear from you after you try them out.

- Erich

 
 
Comment by Dan
2012-01-12 15:51:26

Super Colibri is very quiet and shoots 500 or more feet easily. Not as accurate as CB or Short rounds, and with a 20 gr. bullet doesn’t pack much of a wallop beyond very short range. Have a neighbor which swore off of them after wounding a squirrel, whereas with CBs or shorts he’d have had dinner.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-01-15 19:33:13

Dan,

Thanks for the update on this one. I’ve been wanting to hear some more on these.

 
 
Comment by Cache Valley Prepper
2012-03-14 03:49:15

Aguilia Super Colibri’s are extremely quiet out of a bolt action .22 … all of these rounds are even quieter out of a .22LR barrel insert inside a 12ga barrel, although you lose the benefit of good sights that way. I’ve shot Super Colibri’s quite a bit on game and pests up to feral cat size with head shots and have never wounded anything. Cattle are slaughtered with .22 shorts. If your marksmanship skills are a little rusty, you should probably be using a larger round that is going to put your game or pests down even if you hit them in the big toe. I have yet to see a Super Colibri (or any other bullet for that matter) “bounce off a squirrel.”

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-03-14 21:51:37

Cache,

Good comments man. Thanks for the good info.

 
 
Comment by Chad
2012-10-02 13:59:18

Been killing squirrels amd rabbits for years, Your suppose to make a head shot on that small game with .22 any how so you don’t ruin the small amount of meat taken from each animal

 
Comment by Chad
2012-10-02 14:04:32

You don’t have to have the long but which is truly has a lot more punch. The reasons i entirely hunt with cb on small game is due to the sound percussion, They sound truly like a pellet rifle going off rather than as a long does it sounds much, much louder. This gives a quicker turn around for squirrels to come back out. Less sound makes you take more squirrels in one day and possible limit out for your day according to state.

 
Comment by Lonatur Seq
2012-10-05 13:00:45

I’m surprised to read in the very first comment about .22 CB rounds “bounce off” squirrels. The energy the round packs is still quite significant and I think it would easily penetrate even a human skull at a close range, never mind a tiny game like squirrel – at any angle. I hunt yummy squirrels, apparently well-fed on my own hazelnuts and walnuts, with a scoped .177 pellet gun at max ~40 ft. A head shot placed at a straight angle behind the eye is an assured kill. I even killed a couple with a blow gun (now, that is a truly silent killer), but it is certainly not an instant kill and can be quite messy.

One thing I do find about the .22 CB though is that its silent property is somewhat overrated. Although it does not have the supersonic crack of .22 Long High Velocity, it is still too loud for an urban backyard like mine. It might be OK if there is other noise masking it (passing airplane, siren, construction site nearby), but on a quiet afternoon or evening I’d be seriously concerned about a visit from the cops.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-10-07 00:20:09

you’re right. They do still make a decent bang. I guess it depends on where you live. My neighborhood the homes are spread apart enough that it wouldn’t disturb the neighbors.

 
 
Comment by jeff
2013-01-12 00:41:23

i’ve noticed the cb longs and shorts shoot much more consistently with a bolt or lever action (my remington 514 does very welll), while using them in a semi auto will “work” if you cycle them theyre not consistent but thats my 2 cents

 
Comment by ron
2013-03-09 16:39:18

I bought a Marlin xt 22 especially for the Aguila Super Colibri and am very disapointed in the rounds accuracy. At 100 ft the round flys 6-18 inches in different directions, mostly to the high right but never to poi. The gun with regular 22 ammo of most any brand is a tack driver.

 
Comment by Capt Perry
2013-10-27 20:56:32

CB CAPS will cycle in only rifle the Remington 550-1

 
Comment by Capt Perry
2013-10-27 21:12:01

The Remington 550-1 are getting hard to find in good condition, I have 2 and one would cycle CB CAPS and the other one would not. The 550-1 has a floating chamber so it must be free to float to cycle CB Caps, there is a good Youtube video on how to clean the 550-1 and make sure the floating chamber is free to float. Both of mine will shoot .22 CB Caps as fast as you can pull the trigger now that I have cleaned them.
Capt. Perry

 
Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-10-28 10:05:26

Great to know. Thanks Capt

 
Comment by Caz
2013-12-09 19:43:49

Apparently you need a higher twist rate to stabilize the Colibri so it will be inaccurate out of an LR that doesnt have 1/9 twist rate.

 
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