Have you ever wondered how .22 LR ammunition is made? Well, there are plenty of videos on the internet that walk through the production of one of America’s favorite cartridges, but this recent tour of the CCI and Speer factory by YouTube personality 22Plinkster is one of the most detailed. In fact, this is reportedly the first time that CCI has allowed an outsider to film in their factory in over 9 years.

“This was truly a dream come true for me. I can’t thank the people at CCI and Speer enough for allowing me to do this,” 22Plinkster wrote. “I couldn’t possibly show everything that went on at the factory. However, hopefully I showed you enough for you to grasp the concept of how rimfire is made.”

The CCI factory operates 24 hours a day continuously and at its height, was capable of producing more than four million rounds of rimfire ammo in a single day. This was especially true during the height of the .22 LR shortage in 2013 and 2014, when CCI stepped up production.

You can see how CCI manufactures its iconic rimfire ammo below:

Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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  • Jeff Webley

    Where is all this ammo from “at the height of production”. I still can’t get any 22lr that isn’t priced at gouging levels.

    • Dolittle

      I’m wondering too,,,, Where’s it all going?

      • Hawkeye

        Did you fellows miss the bulletin about record breaking gun purchases for the last several years running? Many of those guns were .22 rifles and handguns. Quit looking for conspiracies where none exist, and acquaint yourselves with some basic economics- i.e. relationship between supply and demand. Then maybe you won’t fall for Hillary’s economic voodoo either.

      • Jeff Webley

        Did you ever walk into a Walmart and listen to some asshat brag how he and his friends glom up all the 22lr then resell it? If you read the post, my question was where is all this ammo that isn’t priced at gouging levels? Maybe you should take a remedial reading comprehension course.

  • Yeah, so when is my local Walmart gonna get my “brick” of .22LR? Been two years and I haven’t seen a single box on the shelf…