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22LR in a 22Mag cylinder?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Blue Brick, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Blue Brick

    Blue Brick Well-Known Member

    Can you shoot 22LR in a 22Mag revolver without change cylinders?
  2. bigdavep

    bigdavep Active Member

    I wouldn't.

    The .22 mag case is tapered, so there could be a fit issue.. also, the bullet will have to travel that much further down the cylinder bore before it gets to the barrel.. seems like a recipe for disaster to me.

    Every .22 that shoots both mag and LR comes with swapable cylinders to switch from one cartridge to the other. That alone tells me they are not interchangeable in a single cylinder.
  3. Radagast

    Radagast Well-Known Member

    .22 magnum has a wider cartridge than .22lr, you will probably get splitting cases. Personally I wouldn't try it, I don't like the idea of uncontrolled venting of gas in front of my master eye..
  4. mgkdrgn

    mgkdrgn Well-Known Member

    "Can" you? Yes.

    You can also jump off of very tall building and stand in front of moving trains.
  5. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    The cases will split. (Don't ask how I know.)
  6. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    the biggest problem will be the Fouling in the cylinder that will happen as a result.. then, should decide to shoot .22 magnums again, you will practically have to beat the cases out with a hammer.
  7. Ron James

    Ron James Well-Known Member

    In MHO you can shoot .22 LR in a .22 magnum cylinder, only if you have the intelligence of a rock. Sorry about that but sometimes that is the only type of answer that can be given.
  8. LTR shooter

    LTR shooter Well-Known Member

  9. Hud

    Hud Well-Known Member

    Someone gave you those cases, right LTR ?

  10. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    .22 LR & .22 Magnum are two different cartridges - the answer is NO .
  11. LTR shooter

    LTR shooter Well-Known Member

    Nope , just a pic I found some time ago which appears to show what can happen when one decides to fire 22lr in a gun that is NOT a 22lr. As they say , a picture is worth a thousand words:D
  12. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    I bought a used .22 mag barrel single shot barrel for my Contender G2.

    There was a thick ring of lead at the far end of the chamber. Someone had been shooting .22lr in it and the bullets were being stripped of lead when they tumbled into the end of the chamber.

    So it was firing, and lead was coming out of the barrel, but I don't consider that to be working.

    I have wondered if in a pinch (emergency) you could take empty .22 mag cases, cut the rim off, slip a .22lr into the end of it and shoot it from a .22 mag chamber. The mag brass would guide the bullet and prevent gas from passing the bullet.

    FWIW, the .22 mag case is not tapered, it measures .238" - .239" from stem to stearn.
  13. bigdavep

    bigdavep Active Member

    I micrometered the two today, .22 LR case is more or less .22, and magnum case is more or less .24.. that's 20/1000ths difference, no wonder the little cases split in the big cylinder. Bad idea.
  14. pingpong

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