Re: H+R 1888 .22 cal pistol
The industry change over from black powder/semi-black powder, mixed powders and a few others to smokeless powder occurred in 1930 when Remington issued their all smokeless Hi-Speed .22 cartridge lines. Gun manufacturers had to rush to catch up with designs that would protect the shooter from the frequent burst shell casings, head separations and blow outs. Shooting any type of modern smokeless .22 ammo in one of those older guns can/will expose the shooter and anyone in his close proximity to the possibility of being injured by flying brass pieces and/or hot gas eruptions from the breech end of the un-improved, non-safety type cylinders. Safety cylinders arose in the 1930 to 1935 period - WHEN these types of problems were, apparently from the literature of that time, fairly frequent.
I use Aguila Colibri or Super Colibri non powder loaded cartridges to test fire ALL my pre-1930 H&R .22s, as suggested by Stone Chimney and Ken W.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie
Last edited by Jim Hauff; 02-11-2012 at 02:46 PM..