Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by igotta40, Sep 29, 2022.
The .22 WRF are mad-pricy though, so once that box is gone I doubt you’ll want to buy more .
Just use a good bore brush and a reliable solvent like Hoppes now & then.
If one was to remove the "Zeus" label from the box, they would see the warning "Not For Use In Revolvers." Anyone able to expand on this?
Not an expert, but I believe that back in the WRF’s time of popularity, there were a lot of rifles chambered for it. And a lot of crappy “Suicide Special”-type revolvers. I imagine that the ammo manufacturer is concerned about the liability issues associated with using it in those aging revolvers of questionable quality. OTOH, I have a Colt Police Positive Target that I wouldn’t hesitate to run any WRF through. So really, it probably depends on the revolver. But the ammo manufacturer is going to put some distance between our discretion and their liability.
Similar story with the old .44-40, the first successful center fire cartridge. Originally developed for the relatively weak '73 Winchester rifle, and later used by Colt in their SAA revolvers.
When the stronger '92 Winchester rifles came out, the ammo companies came out with a high velocity version of the ,44-40 ammo, with warnings to only use in the '92. After people used it in their '73's, and despite the warnings blew up a few, it was discontinued.
Shockingly, people couldn't be trusted to heed the warnings.
I have a Model 48-4 S&W revolver chambered for .22 Magnum; when originally manufactured, an extra .22 LR cylinder was optional, to allow using .22LR in the revolver. That alone says they don't recommend .22LR in a magnum revolver.
The Colt 22 WRF pistols are often in nice shape, because for a long time there was no ammo readily available for them. I don't think S&W, or anyone else I can think of, made 22 WRF revolvers, but I'm always ready to be educated!
This is because .22 WRF predates jacketed rimfire bullets- the early loads were externally lubricated like LR bullets. Colt, and perhaps some others, rifled their .22WRF revolver barrels the same as the .22LR barrels and they are too tight for jacketed bullets- excessive pressures, squibs, and stripped jackets left in the bore may result. Unfortunately, almost all .22 WRF ammo found today is jacketed.
If you call Colt, they will confirm that jacketed .22 WRF ammunition should not be used in any of their vintage non-Magnum revolvers. It may be used safely in any gun marked as .22 WMR or .22 Magnum.
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