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What is the difference between a centerfire and rimfire pistol?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by kdowd771, Dec 28, 2008.

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  1. kdowd771

    kdowd771 Member

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    Not really new to guns and shooting but am new to some of the terminology.

    What is the difference between a centerfire or rimfire revolver/semi-auto? What are they talking about here?

    Thanks
     
  2. bpl

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    The primer. Rimfires use a priming material poured into the cartridge casing and allowed to harden. Rimfire cartridges can only be used once. Centerfire cartridges use a removeable disc shaped primer and can be reloaded after being fired. Centerfire cartridges are generally more powerful as well.
     
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    Oh, and the firing pin strikes the outer rim on a rimfire cartridge and the center of a centerfire cartridge.
     
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    And the price of ammo to feed them. I just picked up a S&W M17 with a 4" brl in .22lr. Basically it feels like holding onto a 586 in .357 mag. Now I need the 586 I sold to a friend back so I have a "matched" set.
     
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    Things like .17 Mach 2, .17 HMR, .22lr, and .22 Mag are rimfires - their base is a primer.

    Other cartridges like the .25 ACP, 9mm, .40, .45, etc. are centerfire. They have a primer thats located in the center of the brass.
     
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  7. kdowd771

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    Thanks guys. Explains it all.
     
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    After all these technical explanations you guys forgot to answer the question. A rimfire pistol is so called because it's chambered for a rimfire cartridge, a center fire pistol because it's chambered for a centerfire cartridge.

    (Sorry, just couldn't resist. Phase of the moon or something.)
     
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    Another thing, rimfire firearms - the firing pin strikes
    the edge of the rim - dry firing is not recommended because
    without a cartridge in the chamber it could result in
    metal to metal contact and resulting damage.

    Centerfire firearms, depending on the action, can
    usually be dry fired but some may require the use
    of Snap Caps. A Snap Cap is an inert or 'dummy:
    cartrdge with a hard rubber insert in place of the primer
    a case and seated bullet but no powder.

    Dry Firing - pulling trigger in practice with no live ammo
    loaded in the firearm.

    R-
     
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