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.22LR shot shells which cycle a semi-auto's action

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by groda, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. groda

    groda New Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Yeah, that's pretty much the question. Does anybody make a .22LR shotshell which will cycle, say, a 10/22's action? It seems to be a pretty universal caveat.

    My other question is: Why don't they?
  2. 41magsnub

    41magsnub Participating Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Missoula Montana
    I tried it once just for kicks with the CCI 22lr shotshells, it was difficult to get it into the 10/22 mag and with the square front it simply would not feed. Most autoloaders need the round to be round in the front.

    I suppose if a MFG tried to make a round front shotshell it would feed.

    the next question is if it would have enough oompf behind it to cycle the action reliably even if the feeding issues were solved.

    Edit: this got me thinking... there are crimped shotshells that might work:

    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/65669-7398-309.html. I think I might buy a box just for kicks to see if they do.
  3. Vaarok

    Vaarok Participating Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    I've asked before, and tried every brand I can find in a 10/22, Erma EM-1, and Marlin 60. No dice, the fastest vermin-killer with shotshells has remained my Marlin 39A.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    No, they do not make a .22 LR shotshell that will cycle a semi-auto action.

    Q. Why?
    A. Because the shot charge is so light, it basically provides almost zero recoil to operate the action.

    Q. Why not make the shot charge heavy enough to get the recoil up then?
    A. Because it is a .22 LR.
    There isn't enough room for more shot without making it much longer.
    If it was much longer, it wouldn't feed through a .22 LR action anymore.

    Q. Why not just add lots more powder and up the pressure then?
    A. Because it is a .22 LR Rim-Fire.
    More powder & more pressure would blow the case rim out.

  5. kBob

    kBob Senior Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    North Central Florida
    I have seen and shot only one .22LR that cycled rat shot. thisone was also meant to cycle .22LR, Long, and Shorts inter mixed. It also was not 100 percent reliable so I won't meantion it. It liked some ancient crimped shot loads I had best.

    Them rifles ain't made any more or for a while. Got mine in 1967.

    Oh, more crumudgeon points!

    BTW Since the knee surgury I have been walking with a cane and wearing an honest to goodness hat rather than a ball cap. I believe those are crumudgeon point multipliers. Doc did warn its the sitting position rather than the kneel for me from now on.

    -Bob Hollingsworth

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