SHOT 2023: Browning SUB22 – The Mag Life

If you’re a fan of 22 LR, you likely understand its incredible versatility. 22 LR is fantastic for instructing new shooters, fun for plinking, and useful for hunting varmints. Of course, just like with any ammunition, all 22 LR is not created equally. For shooters preferring suppressed 22 LR, Browning has SUB22, a round meant specifically for use with suppressors. Browning SUB22 is good for everything from shooting cans to hunting varmints, and all at a quieter decibel level.

Browning Sub22 ammunition is suppressor ready 22 LR designed for target shooters and small game hunters. (Photo credit: Browning)

Browning says this brand-new round is made for target shooters and small game hunters who run their 22 LRs with suppressors. The use of Browning SUB22 ammunition improves the overall reliability of semi-automatic pistols more quietly than standard 22 LR, meaning greater hearing protection and less risk of frightening game from an area. SUB22 ammunition features a 45-grain lead round nose bullet the manufacturer reports produces a muzzle velocity of 1060 feet per second.

browning buckmark 22lr pistol
The new ammunition pairs well with Browning’s new 22LR suppressor-ready Buckmark pistol. (Photo credit: Browning)

Features of Browning SUB22 include:

  • Black copper-plated bullets to reduce fouling and create a cleaner shooting experience.
  • 45-grain bullet, which is heavier for 22 LR, optimizes cycling by using recoil energy for consistent results.
  • Designed by Browning to perform below the speed of sound when used in handguns.
  • Subsonic round meant for use in suppressed pistols.
  • Meant for target use and hunting small varmints and predators.
  • 100 rounds per box.
  • Ballistics using a six-inch barrel:
    • Muzzle velocity of 1060 feet per second, muzzle energy of 100 foot-pounds.
    • 5-yard velocity of 1053 feet per second, 5-yard energy of 98 foot-pounds.
    • 25-yard velocity of 1027 feet per second, 25-yard energy of 94 foot-pounds.

Whatever the purpose, SUB22 is a great option for protecting your hearing and reducing both barrel and suppressor fouling. Browning has a solid reputation for manufacturing quality ammunition and SUB22 promises to be a fantastic subsonic 22LR round.

MSRP for Browning SUB22 is not known at this time but dealers have it listed for around $12.99 per box.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you’ve seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master’s Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.