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Can you shoot 22 LR out of a revolver chambered for 22 mag?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SwordRapier, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. SwordRapier

    SwordRapier New Member

    I know that this is probably a stupid question but can you safely shoot 22 long rifle shell out of the revolver chambered for 22 mag? I know you can fire 38’s out of a 357 I was just wondering if the same principal applied?
  2. BCRider

    BCRider Active Member

    Ruger Single Sixs come with two cylinders so I'm guessing that the cylinder chambers are not compatible. However they use the same barrel. But I seem to remember that the WMC is a hair larger so it needs to swage down to fit. Not an issue given the Magnum pressure.
  3. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Active Member

    No. It's not like .38 special/.357 magnum.

    The .22lr has a smaller caser diameter and rim diameter.
  4. ktd

    ktd New Member

    As far as bullets go, the LR also swages to fit the barrel. The .22 mag is a .224 inch bullet, and is properly jacketed. The LR, while often nominally called a .223 inch bullet, is heel based, and the outer part is actually around .224 inches. The groove diameter of the barrel is typically .224, the .22 LR obturates to engage the rifling if it happens to be undersized, not so much a matter of the magnum bullet squishing down any more than typical in other calibers.

    You might be thinking the magnum is bigger in diameter because the case is, having thicker walls. This causes the LR case to rattle somewhat in the magnum chamber. You can sorta fire it, but it is not recommeded, it will swell and often rupture, and might not extract easy.
  5. ktd

    ktd New Member

    Also, the .38/.357 principle actually applies to the .22 mag and the .22 WRF (Winchester RimFire) round. But .22WRF has not been made in decades if I remember right.
  6. J.R.W.

    J.R.W. Member

    I played around with this in my NAA Mini .22 Magnum just to see what happened. I have both cylinders for it but just had to try it. The .22LR cases split open and were a bit tough to get out. There was no point in testing for accuracy. So, to answer your question, if it was a last resort, it could be done. I'd say that common sense rules against it.
  7. mgkdrgn

    mgkdrgn New Member

  8. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    It will fire, but the case is smaller in diameter and can split. It is not a good idea.

    Yes, they are both .223/224 as far as the bullet, but the .22 LR is a heeled bullet and the .22 Mag is not, thus the difference in case diameter.
  9. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire New Member

    Not a good idea, but the round will typically fire. My take =
  10. leukoplast

    leukoplast New Member

    Taken from the North American Arms site.

  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  12. SwordRapier

    SwordRapier New Member

    22 LR fire out of a mag= split brass= bad. Thank you Ladies? and Gentlemen. That clears that up nicely. Incidentally you may have helped me solve my next revolver purchase dilemma.
  13. ktd

    ktd New Member

    cool. I seem to remember in my youth someone buying some old boxes of .22 WRF thinking they got a good deal and it wasn't.
  14. machinisttx

    machinisttx New Member

    I believe Aguila also loads the .22 WRF.
  15. SASD209

    SASD209 New Member

  16. LTR shooter

    LTR shooter New Member


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