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Savage Mark II .22 cal Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Spiderman1490, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. Spiderman1490

    Spiderman1490 Member

    Hey i was wondering if anyone would be able to give me more ideas on why this gun only says to use .22 lr..why wouldn't i be able to use shorts? one guy i asked said the shorts would blow up in the chamber and hurt the gun. why would it do that? also whats the difference between the .22 LRs and .22 longs? thanks :)
  2. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Not familiar with this rifle. Does the owner's manual say this? What kind of action? If it is semi-automatic, Shorts will not cycle the action. If a bolt action, the short cartridges might not feed properly from the magazine. (this is just a guess)

    :scrutiny: I don't buy that. I think about the worst that could happen is fouling the chamber.

    The Long Rifle (LR) has a longer, heavier bullet at higher pressure. Really a moot point, since .22 Long has not been made for many years.
  3. Spiderman1490

    Spiderman1490 Member

    it's bolt action and the .22 shorts go through the magazine just fine but i haven't shot them yet cause i don't wana hurt my gun lol it is engraved in the gun to use .22 lr ONLY. i'm new with owning and using a gun so i'm not all that educated on what can happen lol i also read on a forum that the .22 shorts dount give the proper seal and would blow up in the chamber...would they need a seal??
  4. k9870

    k9870 member

    whats the point of 22 shorts? im getting a mark 2 soon, and shooting 22lr cause its cheap, but making a round weaker than a .22lr doesnt make sense...
  5. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    There is utterly no point to using Shorts, anyway. If you're thinking Shorts are a less expensive alternative to Long Rifle, this is not true. If you want to shoot a milder round than the usual high-velocity LR loadings for whatever reason, you can get "target" or "standard-velocity" Long Rifle cartridges.
  6. Spiderman1490

    Spiderman1490 Member

    i have a box of .22 shorts that i found and i dont have a use for them right now lol
  7. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Buy a Beretta 950 "Minx" to shoot up your shorts in. :D
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2008
  8. Spiderman1490

    Spiderman1490 Member

    what about .17 hmr bullets? would i be able to shoot those with my rifle or would it be bad for it?
  9. fireman 9731

    fireman 9731 Well-Known Member

    :what:DO NOT SHOOT .17 HMR bullets in a .22!!!!!!!!!:what:
  10. Spiderman1490

    Spiderman1490 Member

    lol what gun shoots them then?
  11. SGW42

    SGW42 Well-Known Member

    .22 Shorts are handy if you have a tubular magazine - more capacity. One of my rifles also is strangely more accurate with them.

    CCI still makes .22 Long, btw. I assume for the very vintage rifles that are not rated for the Long Rifle.
  12. fireman 9731

    fireman 9731 Well-Known Member

    .17 HMR rounds are meant to be shot in a .17 HMR chambered and barreled gun.
    .17 HMR rounds have a smaller diameter bullet than a .22 caliber bullet. (.22 vs. .17) and a longer case. Not to mention much higher pressures!

    they are no where near the same a .22LR.
  13. ESV

    ESV Member

    lol what gun shoots them then?

    A gun specifically chambered for .17 HMR ONLY

    (edit: wrong caliber)
  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Shorts will likely not feed from the magazine. You may shoot them "single shot". Great rifle.

    22 Longs are still made by CCI. Shorts are available from CCI and Remington.
  15. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    the short case, is waaaaay to short, proly won't even load in a autoloader, doubt it will work in a bolt either.
    longs will work fine , but won't have enough oomph to operate a semiauto.
    if you use longs, you may wanna make sure, the bullet left the bbl!!!!!
    especially if you hear a squib fire.
  16. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    hi speed shorts are as fast as standard, and some higher velocity long rifles, about 1000 fps. shorts are too cool for school, since if you have a boltie , with a tube fed, like a marlin 981, it will hold about 25 shorts at one time. how cool
    is that?
  17. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    The only reason it says ".22lr only" on the reciever is for legal issues. I have a MKII, it shots shorts, longs and long rifle fine. The tow first ones are just shorter, lower pressure versions of the LR. (actually, it is the other way around but whatever)
    22-Rimfire is correct,, they won't feed from the mag, so i suggest just buying some subsonic .22lrs, nearly the same noise and feeds.

    .17 HMR is based off of the .22 mag case, so it wouldn't fit in the chamber anyhow. The .17 HM2 on the other hand, is roughly based off of the .22lr case, and will fit and fire in a .22lr chamber. Wouldn't do much though....just "pop" and the bullet would be in your barrel, sitting there. Might have a hard time getting the case out, as it will be very split.
  18. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    The problem with shooting shorts is a buildup of fouling at the case mouth -- similar to that we see when shooting lots of .38 Specials in a .357. It's not a problem.

    In the old days, before non-corrosive priming, there could be corrosion at the case mouth when shooting shorts, so when you tried longs or long rifles, the case would expand into the corroded area and be the very devil to get out.
  19. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    If you really have a need to shoot shorts you could load them single shot, or go ahead and load the mag - worst case would be a jam. I don't know what someone means when they talk about them blowing up in the chamber. All rounds "blow up" in the chamber, that's what it's for. The problem is when the wrong round is in the wrong chamber. Like a .17hmr in a .22.
  20. 35Rem

    35Rem Well-Known Member

    I have a Lakefield Mark II (Savage bought them, same gun) It feeds shorts fine from the mag, ejection is sometimes iffy, in that the spent case doesn't always exit the receiver, causing a jam. You have to pull the bolt back quickly, or tilt the gun to the side to get the spent case to clear.
    Shorts are useful, so are longs, just not the high velocity stuff. You want the ones going about 700 fps or so. You get about that and the gun is louder. Same goes with the target-standard velocity- and subsonic stuff. It's noisier than the lower velocity stuff.
    Good for the "covert operations" in the back yard after dark. Dang possums and 'dillers!

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