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S&W Model 1 in 22 short

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by cryptomon, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. cryptomon

    cryptomon Member

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    Hello everyone. I have recently purchased a S&W Model 1 in 22 short. It is in fine condition with no cracks in the hinge and a fairly tight lock up with the hammer cocked and when dropped. The serial number range of 106xxx makes it a second issue produced around 1866. I wish to fire this revolver. I am sure only black powder cartridges were available in 1866. Does anyone know of a source of black powder 22 short cartridges? Could modern light loads like CCI 22 short CB cartridges be an option? Any other options that anyone could come up with would be appreciated. I normally would not fire smokeless cartridges in a black powder firearm but the modest pressures of 22 short makes me think it might be safe. I would sure appreciate any options and would love to hear from anyone who owns and shoots one of these revolvers. Thanks everyone. Scott.
     
  2. PRD1

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    So far as I am aware, there is no source of BP loads for .22 rimfire. I have fired .22 BB and CB caps in my #1, with good results, but would not make a regular practice of it, given that the modern BB and CB rounds usually do have a small smokeless load, in addition to the primer, which was the only propellant in the early BB and CB ammunition.

    PRD1 - mhb - MIke
     
  3. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    I have 2 and I wouldn't shoot either.

    RWS still makes copper cased 22 BB loads, Midway has them for 38 cents a round.
     
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  4. aarondhgraham

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    My parents were antique dealers back in the 60's,,,
    They came across a clean S&W Model 1.

    I still remember the severe spanking I got,,,
    When I cracked the cylinder shooting a .22 short in it.

    That was a precautionary tale.

    Aarond

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  5. cryptomon

    cryptomon Member

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    Would these be safe? There is no specification on the powder charge. I also found RWS bb caps with an 18 grain conical bullet. They are packed 150 to a tin and cost less. Again I found no specifications on the powder charge or velocity. Any thoughts?
     
  6. cryptomon

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    Aarond, this was exactly my thinking. The little revolver has a very robust frame and I am sure the hinge would take the pressure but the cylinder walls are very thin. Your lesson will most likely save me a lot of remorse. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    As I said I wouldn't shoot them.

    Contact RWS for details.
     
  8. sixshooter357

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    Usually these caps have no powder charge, just the primer compound to propell the BB.
     
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