.22 long rifle cartridge through a .22 mag rifle????

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by jstgsn, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. jstgsn

    jstgsn Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Milford, Delaware
    Can it be done? Should it be done? Has it been done?
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth

  3. permafrost

    permafrost Active Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    If there are humans(I use the term loosely) involved, you can bet its been done. But DON'T!
  4. jstgsn

    jstgsn Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Milford, Delaware
    Thank you for the quick responses. I did a little more research and found the actual specs on .22 long rifle and .22 mag. No it would not be wise to fire a .22 from a .22 mag rifle. Kinda like taking a car antennae that was sorta close in size to a .22 and putting it in and hammering on the case until it went off. (Wow! that worked! Where's my pinky finger? ouch ouch ouch ouch.)
    Sorry to waste cyber space.
  5. Bigbill

    Bigbill Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    The lead build up will be very bad at the throat of the chamber were it meets the barrel. The "free-bore space" is way too much. Then the residue from the 22lr case rim and the longer case rim of the 22wmr will have build up in this area too which can be even harder to clean out so the 22wmr can be used again. If we think about it this is why some 22lr revolvers come with an extra 22wmr cylinder too.
  6. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Bigbill, your post makes it sound like an inconvenience. The lead build up will be bad. The residue will be hard to clean.

    It's not an inconvenience. It's a danger. It's like firing 308 in a 30/06. It can be done. But it's a BAD PLAN.

    Guns come chambered for a specific round, for a reason. Just because you can make another one work does not mean you should.
  7. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest


    This question makes me ask again about the 'Judge'.

    If ya can't shoot a .22 LR in a magnum chamber, how is it ok to shoot a .45 cartridge in a cylinder that's designed for a shot shell?
  8. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Because the 22 mag chamber is bigger than a LR chamber. The .45/.410 chambers are the same. The .45 wont be the most accurate thing with the long jump but it's no hazzard.
  9. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    You can shoot a 45 Colt in a chamber designed for a 410 shotshell for the same reason you can shoot a 38 special in a chamber designed for a 357 magnum. The only physical difference in the two is length.

    The 22 magnum is not only longer than a 22 Long Rifle, but it is also bigger around.
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    So much bigger around in fact, you can fit a fired .22LR case inside a fired .22WMR case..
  11. Artemus

    Artemus New Member

    Mar 10, 2009
    Once I was shooting my Ruger Single Six and by mistake shot several 22lr in the 22mag cylinder.The fired cases split down the side.No damage but a rude awakening.
  12. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    Post removed, didn't want to upset anyone:)
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011
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