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Old 10-28-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default .22 shorts in a .22lr.

The only rimfire ammo I've been able to get recently are shorts. I've been wondering if they'd be safe to shoot out of a 1911, Colt Woodsman, and S&W Model 41? I know they won't cycle the action, but are there any other safety concerns?
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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They will shoot safely. Just clean the chamber real well before using long or long rifle. The dirt in front of the case mouth will cause the longer cased rounds to stick.
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They will shoot safely. Just clean the chamber real well before using long or long rifle. The dirt in front of the case mouth will cause the longer cased rounds to stick.
I wondered about that. Do you think there would be any effect on accuracy while shooting the shorts?
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They are generally slower in velocity, so yes, your bullet drop will be greater than the faster long rifles.
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your bullet drop will be greater than the faster long rifles.
Or maybe less drop due to the much lighter bullet. Accuracy maybe worse due to the lighter weight bullet but only one way to find that out
Shooting them while it is certainly safe will be a PITA
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I may just stick to shooting them out of the 9422 and Diamondback. I was just curious if it'd be worth trying. !
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I have a Winchester 1890 chambered in .22 short, with untold thousands of rounds having gone down the tube in it's one hundred fourteen year's on this earth it still is accurate and fun to shoot. Here is one rifle you do not need muffs as you cannot tell if it has fiired with them.
The short was very popular at this time period (1900)and was used extensively in shooting galleries or popping a squirrel for the dinner pot. I have a bunch of the ammo and occasionally run some through my Remington 34 that feeds anything i put into it.
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For awhile many years ago (like 50 years) Remington made 22 shorts called "Rockets". They had a velocity of around 1750 fps. Fast, extremely fast. Fired a 15 grain steel/iron bullet if I remember correctly.
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Old thread- but brings back memories. Yes, that was a zippy little short- bullet was sintered iron (powder pressed into a mold) and weighed 15 grains. Ammo pack was similar to a pack of Chiclets gum.
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In the old days, .22 shorts were extremely popular. A common problem with old guns is that early priming was corrosive. Eventually, this eats out the chamber of a .22 long rifle to the point where long rifle brass will expand and stick in the chamber after firing. My High Standard Olympic ISU was chambered for .22 shorts, designed for rapid fire competition and extremely accurate when using match ammo. Shorts, for some reason, are appearing on the dealers' shelves at reasonable prices.
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