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Dry Firing a 22 Semi

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by briang2ad, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. briang2ad

    briang2ad Well-Known Member

    Most people conventionally believe that you NEVER dry fire a 22 (rimfire). BUT, many semi-autos (like my Rem 552 Speedmaster) were designed WITHOUT a bolt hold open, so naturally, they WILL get dry fired - probably once a magazine fill (15 rounds), unless the operator is meticulous about counting and really checks the chamber when he's done. So - does this eventually mess up the rifle?

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    If it did there would be a bunch of messed up rifles, including some of mine which, by the way, have suffered no ill effects.
  3. fineredmist

    fineredmist Well-Known Member

    The dry firing you mention is really not a big problem, the problem comes when you continually dry fire for practice. The pins in most rimfires are long enough to strike the breach and that is where the problem comes in. The repeated strikes will weaken the pin and finally it will break. This can also happen in centerfire weapons that do not have spring loaded pins. It is always a good idea to use snap caps in centerfire guns.
  4. cobra2411

    cobra2411 Well-Known Member

    I've checked on my Rossi 62 and there is no way for the firing pin to hit anything when dry fired. Some rim fires like my ruger super six shouldn't be dry fired because the pin can hit the side of the cylinder.
  5. RH822

    RH822 Well-Known Member

    My response was the same as Fineredmist's so I deleted it...that's what happens when you're a slow typist.

  6. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    Most modern rimfires are designed with a firing pin stop that makes it physically impossible for the firing pin to ever reach the chamber edge. It's a problem that's been largely resolved on all quality firearms. It's only the older ones where you'll run into this.

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