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Rifle that shoots 22lr and 22 WMR

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Boba Fett, Nov 10, 2009.

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  1. Boba Fett

    Boba Fett Member

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    Are there any rifles, preferably bolt action, which shoot 22lr and 22WMR?


    I did a Google search, but only came up with a lot of people asking if they could shoot one out of the other. Most answers were DON'T TRY IT followed by a few "you could, but it'd be unwise." I lean toward the "don't try it" crowd.


    So if anyone knows of a rifle that'll shoot both, I'd be very interested.
     
  2. CZguy

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    There are no rifles that will shoot both .22 LR, and .22 mag.

    However there are revolvers that have an extra cylinder that will shoot both.
     
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  3. Jubjub

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    .22 Long Rifle uses what is called a heeled bullet, which means that the portion of the bullet inside the case is reduced in diameter and the part outside the case is bore diameter. This also means that the case is bore diameter. The .22 WMR uses conventional bullets, which means that the case is larger than bore diameter by the thickness of the case.

    As you've no doubt already read, a .22 LR case will split if fired in a WMR chamber, and of course a .22 WMR wouldn't even fit in a .22 LR chamber.

    You can shoot .22 WRF in a .22 WMR. It's an old semi-obsolete load, but still available from Winchester and CCI. It's loaded with a 45 grain bullet at about 1300 FPS, and if it shoots accurately in the individual gun (a big if), makes a dandy small game load. It's no cheaper than .22 WMR, though.
     
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    I've got an over/under that shoots them fine. Its a 20ga lower barrel and a 22WMR upper barrel but I've shot 22LR out of it for at least 20 years without a problem.
     
  6. Speedo66

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    At $1500+ for the set of 4, I think I'd rather have 4 different guns, and still have money for ammo.
     
  7. rangerruck

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    dispatch; have you gone back and tried to shoot 22mag through it?
    I would like to know the results.
    There was at one time, and expiremental rifle program by the military, just before vietnam, that carbine williams was working on; a real spacegun looking thing, that he had demo'd for the military. At the time, the one he demo'd was a 22lr only, he was also working on one that would fire 22mag. He had a big prob with what the military wanted, and tried of course to steal, so he never went any further with his project.
    As for anything else since then, I think your best bet is mentioned above; the Sako quad.
     
  8. Col. Plink

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    I feel better about having asked the same question as the OP not so long ago. I think it can be attributed to how much we wish we could shoot shorts, longs, and magnums out of the same platform. A noble sentiment to be sure.

    Now, is the 22WRF just a longer cased, heeled bullet 22LR? If so it sounds like something that could be used with 22LR's in a rifle that could handle different case lengths as the only difference in ammo type. You could certainly use the same revolver cylinder, provided it was long enough, right?
     
  9. bhk

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    The 22WRF has the same case diameter at as the .22 magnum, too wide to fit in a long rifle chamber. I frequently shoot the WRF cartridges in my magnum-chambered, scoped SW 648 revolver when shooting edible small game. They are wonderful for this purpose and shoot to the same point of aim at 50 yards as the magnum shells do. If the purpose of your rifle is for hunting and not for lots of target practice (where ammo price is important), buying a magnum rifle and shooting both magnums and WRFs is the way to go. It makes for a very versitile setup.
     
  10. atblis

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    An alternative to the Sako Quad would be a Ruger 77/22. It would not be a quick swap setup, but swapping barrels from 22lr to 22 mag is easily done with common hand tools. Barrels can be had from Green Mountain for cheap. I have a 17 HMR barrel for my 22lr 77/22. It is a single shot, but for a little bit more money, I could pick up a magazine and the magnum bottom metal, and have a complete conversion.
     
  11. Col. Plink

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    So the door is open for some enterprising individual or incorprated group of individuals to make a magnum-length heeled .22lr! Call it the .22MLR or whatever.

    I think you'd have an instant market for revolvers and autoloading pistols/carbines that could handle the different case lengths.

    I think we've all imagined being able to load short, lr, and mag length ammo down a 22 tube and shoot the cycle!
     
  12. ArmedBear

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    Good luck with that.

    There's a companion scope available for the Quad, that has 4 different zeroes.

    You can get good rifles in all 4 calibers, with good scopes, for $1500 with money left over?

    This isn't a junk rifle.

    Now you don't get the real benefit from the thing unless you really want all 4 calibers. But for a quality rifle, it's not out of line if that IS what you want.
     
  13. Boba Fett

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    Well bummer.

    Looks like the closest and least expensive route would be the Ruger 77/22 and buy the other barrels. Maybe find a good used one and get the 22 WMR barrel from Green Mountain and maybe come away with it all for around $600. Maybe under if I'm really lucky.

    Thanks for all the quick replies.
     
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    But, even then, the Ruger magazines would be different length and not interchangable.
    And the bolt face bigger on the Magnum.

    As for a non-heeled .22 RF.

    Ain't gonna happen.
    Ammo would cost the same as .22 Magnum and there would no reason to buy them.
    If you want less powful .22 Mag, shoot .22 WRF in them.

    rc
     
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    T/C with different barrels. A savage .22 with a custom barrel. There are a lot of options if you want to get into having custom barrels made up :)
     
  16. atblis

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    From what I can tell, Ruger uses the same bolt for the 77/22 for 22 lr, 22 WMR, and 17HMR (same part numbers).

    A complete conversion would cost you
    ~$100 for the barrel
    $36 for a new trigger guard
    $15 for a magazine.

    On my 77/22, I just slap the 17 HMR barrel on, and single load the rounds. Works just fine.
     
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    There is NO compatability or interchangability between the 10/22 and the 10/22 Magnum.

    The receivers, magazines, bolts, etc are different.

    The .22WMR and .17HMR are compatable, as is the .22lr and the .17mach2.
     
  18. Jubjub

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    It's been done.

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    The .22 Extra Long wasn't a huge success back in 1880, but the idea is certainly worth revisiting. One problem with the heeled bullet is that the lead has to be soft so that the pressure will expand the heel to bore diameter. That's probably the limiting factor in speeding up that design. Still, I'd love to see someone give it a shot, even if it isn't quite magnum velocity.
     
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    also, IIrw, the diameter of the 22 mag bullets, and the 22 lr bullets are not the same, even the case opening/diameter is not the same as well. I just dont see how it could be done.
     
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    Why can't anyone check for themselves on this one?
    .22LR/L/S and .22wmr/wrf are entirely different families of ammunition, in fact, they are not designed to be compatible because at one point they were competing for the rimfire market.
    Yes, it is possible to fire a .22LR from the chamber of a .22mag gun, but you risk split casings and shrapnel in the works of your .22mag gun, if not in yourself.
    It sort of works with single-shot firearms, because the chamber is sealed and any debris dumps out.
    Some revolvers have a conversion cylinder and a bore diameter that works with either round, in response to market demand and the possibility of "close enough" sizing.

    Just because ammo says .22 on it does not make it compatible, and attempts to fire the wrong ammunition in a firearm are rarely wise. Considering the low cost of even premium .22wmr ammo (comparable to really cheap centerfire pistol ammo), even someone as cheap and stingy as I am has no need to save by attempting to use .22lr in a .22wmr chambered gun.

    The big problem is that ammunition nomenclature is often made confusing on purpose by marketers and manufacturers, in an attempt to associate one caliber with another in the minds of consumers. If the ".22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire" had been properly labeled as ".224WMR", and the ".22LR/L/S" family been designated as ".223", these questions would be far less frequent.
     
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    Yeah, I regularly switch between them. I primarily fire 22lr through it due to cost but if I find a box of 22WMR laying around the farm, I'll shoot that. POI changes but the groupings never change.
     
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    I thought .22S/L?LR was .221. .22 Hornet is the .223 cartridge, while .223 Remington is .224.
     
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    That .22 Extra Long is a blast from the past.

    The .22 LR case is approximately the same outside diameter as the bullet, not much more than .223 to .225; The .22 Magnum bullet is .223-.224 diameter and fits inside the case, so the case is actually about .24 outside diameter. That makes the .22 Long Rifle case a very sloppy fit in a .22 Magnum chamber.

    Yes, I too have fired .22 LR in a .22 Magnum and lived to tell the tale. It leads up the front of the chamber where the bullet (undersized for the .24+" chamber) smacks into the rifling. The casings swell and certainly don't fit a .22 LR chamber. If I had to, I could use .22 LR in a .22 Mag, but I recommend against it, unless you are surrounded by rabid coyotes or are starving in the wilderness, and that's all you have to defend/feed yourself.

    Evolution of the .22 rimfire was:
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      Heeled
    1845 BB          .284"  20 GR   .343"  Flobert Bullet Breech cap 
    1857 Short       .423"  29 gr   .686"  Smith & Wesson cartridge #1
    1871 Long        .595"  29 gr   .798"  ?Frank Wesson?
    1880 Extra Long  .750"  40 gr  1.160"  ?
    1887 Long Rifle  .595"  40 gr   .985"  J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co
    1888 CB          .284"  20 gr   ----   Conical Bullet version of BB
    1975 CCI Stinger .710"  32 gr   .985"  almost extra long case, semi-Short bullet
      
       Non heeled
    1890 WRF         .960"  45 gr  1.170"  Winchester Rimfire, Remington Special
    1903 Win Auto    .665"  45 gr   .915"  Winchester Automatic
    1916 Rem Auto    .663"  45 gr   .920"  Remington Automatic
    1959 WMR        1.052"  40 gr  1.350"  Winchester Magnum Rimfire
    
     
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    Note the Long Rifle is the Long case (.595") plus the Extra Long bullet (40 gr).
     
  25. natman

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    Firing a 22 LR in a 22 mag is asking for a split case. Won't happen every time, but there's certainly a decent chance.

    Closest you'll come is firing 22 WRF (Winchester Rim Fire) in a 22 Mag. Perfectly safe because the 22 Mag is the 22 WRF lengthened. Note warning about firing CCI ammo in revolvers.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=126619
     
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