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.22 LR to .22WMR

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Melvin, Jan 10, 2003.

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  1. Melvin

    Melvin Member

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    Has anyone converted a S&W revolver from .22 LR to .22 mag? Seems like it shouldn't be too much of a job,however I had to do a small lathe cut on the extractor star of a S&W 25-2 and had to use a carbide tool bit . The star was either full hard or case hardened.
    Thanks Melvin
     
  2. DeBee

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    Not generally recommended...

    The bore diameter of a .22RF is generally around .222 and the chamber about .225", not to mention the headspace difference between .22RF and .22WMRF.

    For less trouble, you could just pick up a used Ruger Single Six with a .22 Mag cylinder. Bore is about .224 on these so mag ammo is ok but accuracy suffers with .22RF
     
  3. Jim K

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    I don't know about that S&W, but in general the conversion is not a good idea, even aside from barrel diameter. The barrels on most .22 LR guns are made of fairly soft steel and the .22 WMR will eat them up in a pretty short period of time, what with the high velocity and the jacketed bullet.

    Not to mention that some older .22's won't take the higher pressures.

    Jim
     
  4. GooseGestapo

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    Melvin;
    I suggest you take your question to www.rimfirecentral.com.
    There are a lot of highly qualified rimfire affectionados there that can help you with your project.
    You didn't say what model you were converting. If it is a K-frame, it would be easiest to fit a new cylinder.
    The bore diameter would not be a major issue with the Revolver as the bullet will be passing through the forcing cone. Be sure to polish and lap the forcing cone. This will improve the accuracy.
     
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