22 Short Gallery Rifles


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Bill B.
July 11, 2010, 09:20 AM
Do .22 Gallery rifles chambered in .22 short have a different barrel twist rate than the same rifles in 22 LR? I have read that the short's 29 grain bullet should have a 1 to 14 twist rate for accuracy. The author also stated that most .22's chambered for all; 22 S, L. LR have a 1-16 twist rate and that is the reason accuracy suffers in many .22's with short ammo and not caused by the longer chamber as you read in many threads. Does anyone have any specific information on the old Remington & Winchester gallery rifles as to what rate of twist they used with the .22 short? :scrutiny:

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Ratshooter
July 11, 2010, 12:11 PM
IIRC the rifles chambered for shorts are rifled with a 1/20 twist. The bullet in the short round is shorter than the 22lf 40gr bullet and will do fine with a slower twist. The longer a bullet is the quicker the twist needs to be.

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Bill B.
July 11, 2010, 02:17 PM
Thanks for the reply and the information. I had read "Complete Guide to Rifles" by Jack O'Connor and that was where I had come up with the 1-14 twist question for the .22 short. Unless I am totally mistaken about what Mr. O'Connor wrote he apparently had it backwards. You are indeed correct from what I can find out that it appears most .22 short only guns were for the slower 1-20 twist.

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