Dry-firing and rimfires


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Combat-wombat
December 26, 2003, 02:10 AM
Should you do it (particularly with a Ruger 10/22)? Will it damage the firing pin?

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JohnKSa
December 26, 2003, 02:19 AM
The 10/22 has a firing pin stop. Dry-firing will not hurt it.

hksw
December 26, 2003, 10:15 PM
Rugers are one of the few exceptions to dryfiring without serious damage.

Not aonly would the firing pin be damaged on other rimfires but also the edge of the chamber will get a burr pounded into it by the firing pin.

If you have any doubts or are still leary, just feed a rimfire snapcap in the chamber or put a rubber/plastic buffer or plug between the bolt and breech.

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