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Old 09-12-2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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Default Rimfire vs. center fire

What are the advantages and disadvantages of either? What would prompt you to chose one over the other? Thanks for any help or enlightenment offered to me here.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:47 PM   #2
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for what purpose?? just plinking 22lr is cheap so are the guns. for hunting centerfire. for self defense centerfire. for training 22lr is cheap especially when you got conversion kits for most centerfire. it just depends on the role. a .22lr makes a superb survival round.
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It all depends on what you are wanting to do. If you just want a pistol to practice and plink with. Get a rimfire Browning Buckmark or Ruger MkII or MkIII.
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for what purpose?? just plinking 22lr is cheap so are the guns. for hunting centerfire. for self defense centerfire. for training 22lr is cheap especially when you got conversion kits for most centerfire. it just depends on the role. a .22lr makes a superb survival round.
What does .22lr stand for? Am I right in guessing "lr" is rimfire? What makes one better for self defense over the other? Personally, I didn't think a .22 made for good self defense at all. I mean, I certainly wouldn't want to be shot with one but I didn't think it had much "stopping power". I was told a .357 magnum would definitely stop someone, anything smaller would stop someone but not as quickly, giving the attacker a few minutes to do some damage before he dies. Am I totally mistaken? I only know what I've been told.

But getting back to the rimfire vs. center fire. I guess I was kind of wanting to know what is the difference in each and what purpose are they best suited for. Let's say I wanted to get a .22 pistol just for some cheap fun at the range. Rim fire, then? What makes a center fire better for self defense vs. the rimfire? More power?
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The term "rimfire" is generally considered synonymous with .22LR (the LR stands for long rifle, which is today's standard). In olden days there were many calibers of rimfire cartridges - not so today. Basically .22 handguns are good for serious target shooting & plinking. As a defensive round - nope.

Rimfire uses a compound located in the inside of the cartridge rim to start the explosive process.

Centerfire means any cartridge that uses a primer in the center of the base of the cartridge to start the process.

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HANDGUN AMMUNITION: SELF DEFENSE

AMMUNITION FOR THE SELF-DEFENSE FIREARM

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Let me google that for you

.22lr for fun and target shooting

9mm, .357, .40, .45 or a dozen other centerfire rounds for self defense.
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You should take a hunter safety or gun safety course. They will tell you all about different cartridges, actions and firing mechanisms. There are very few rimfire calibers produced today and none of them are serious self-defense handgun cartridges.
No offense, but anyone asking the questions you're asking needs education before buying a firearm.
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You should take a hunter safety or gun safety course. They will tell you all about different cartridges, actions and firing mechanisms. There are very few rimfire calibers produced today and none of them are serious self-defense handgun cartridges.
No offense, but anyone asking the questions you're asking needs education before buying a firearm.
Well, I admit I don't know much about ammunition but I do own a gun. I know the basics of safety and I know about the gun I own. I will definitely look unto a gun safety course, though. Thank you for the suggestion.
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