CCI Ammunition

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CCI (Cascade Cartridge Inc.), based in Lewiston, Idaho, manufactures rimfire ammunition, centerfire handgun ammunition, and primers for reloaders and industrial ammunition production. CCI made the first mini-mag rimfire ammunition in 1963, and in 1975 developed the Stinger, a high velocity .22 Long Rifle product. Today, CCI makes a wide range of rimfire and snake shot ammunition.[1]

CCI Ammunition
Company typeSubsidiary
FounderDick Speer
HeadquartersLewiston, Idaho, U.S.
ParentVista Outdoor Edit this at Wikidata



CCI was founded by Dick Speer (brother of Vernon Speer, who founded Speer Bullets) in the early 1950s. Arvid Nelson was a partner in the business. The firm's first shipment was part of a defense contract to make primers using chlorate FA-70. CCI later moved on to much safer formulas for sporting ammunition. CCI provided the first reliable supply of primers for hobby reloaders.[2]

As of February 2015, it was a subsidiary of Vista Outdoor, a spinoff of Alliant Techsystems.[3] As of the same date, CCI employed about 1,100 people.[4]

CCI purchased 17 acres of land next to the Lewiston Gun Club. When the gun club moved, CCI purchased that land as well. As of 2020, CCI's plant was still located on this land.[5]

Product lines


In 1975, CCI engineers completed development of the first "hyper-velocity" .22 long rifle ammunition. This ammunition became known as the "CCI Stinger."[6]

In early 2020, CCI introduced 14 new products.[7]

CCI/Speer sells the Gold Dot line, component bullets, and handgun ammunition using a bonded copper-plated hollow point bullet. Plated bullets were originally sold only for handloading as a cheap substitute for jacketed bullets.[8][9]

CCI sells the MeatEater line of hunting ammunition for small game. CCI partnered with Steven Rinella of MeatEater to produce and market this product line. The MeatEater line of ammunition includes Copper-22, Mini-Mag, and Maxi-Mag variants.[10]

In 2023, CCi introduced Clean-22 Hyper Velocity ammunition; this adds to their line of polymer-coated rimfire ammunition. Polymer coatings significantly reduce lead fouling in barrels.[11]


  1. ^ CCI ammunition product list
  2. ^ Staff. "CCI Ammunition". Officer. Endeavor Business Media. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  3. ^ ATK Commercial Products. "CCI/Speer".
  4. ^ "ATK Company Overview" (PDF). ATK. Retrieved 21 December 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ Staff. "CCI Ammunition". Officer. Endeavour Business Media. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  6. ^ Lounsbury, Tom (3 February 2021). "Tom Lounsbury: Old and dependable 'Twenty-Two' rimfire".
  8. ^ "Speer Gold Dot description". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  9. ^ Patent 5,079,814 Archived 2016-01-24 at the Wayback Machine, for a bonded plated hollow point bullet (the Speer Gold Dot)
  10. ^ Grant, Jim (31 July 2020). "CCI Introduces a New Line of MeatEater Series Rimfire Ammunition". AmmoLand. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  11. ^ Massaro, Philip (20 January 2023). "New for 2023: CCI Clean-22 Hyper Velocity". American Hunter. Retrieved 13 February 2023.