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cpttango30 08-08-2009 04:35 PM

Why should 22 rimfire rifles be cheap?
Ok along the line of the disscussion I have with jiro.

I want to know why a QUALITY rimfire rifle should be so much cheaper than a centerfire rifle?

IGETEVEN 08-08-2009 05:14 PM

Tangle I suspect you already know this.

Rimfire is an older design. Back at about the time of the civil war, there were many different rimfires, but most are now extinct because centerfire rounds outperformed them.

Rimfire: Very small caliber; not suitable nor legal for hunting large game; not re-loadable. On the other hand, it is a great beginner's gun. It is relatively inexpensive to shoot. No recoil. Fairly quiet.

Centerfire: Small to large caliber; larger caliber is suitable for medium & large game; can be reloaded to cut down on expense. Ammo can be expensive. Larger calibers can have mild to vicious recoil. Loud. Range can be extensive.

The rimfire is detonated when the rim is struck by the firing pin. The centerfire is detonated when the primer at the center of the base of the cartridge/bullet is struck by the firing pin.

Regis, that's my best answer, like you didn't know this already? :confused:


stalkingbear 08-08-2009 08:30 PM

There's no reason why QUALITY rimfires should cost less than their centerfire counterparts. There's 3 basic reasons why rimfires cost less than centerfires.

The 1st is because rimfires are so low pressure, or "weak" if you will, compared to centerfires. That enables the manufacturers to greatly simpfly construction & design.

The second is that because they (rimfires) are simpler/cheaper to make, they're what most people start out with-they tend to think they've "outgrown" them & not take them as serious. Indeed most shooters come full circle sooner or later and rediscover rimfires.

The 3rd is because they can make them cheaper, the manufacturers take advantage of this & see how many they can sell compared to "brand X"-the numbers game.

RL357Mag 08-09-2009 02:25 AM

Let's not generalize, there ARE rimfires that are quite a bit more expensive than the average centerfire...

JiroZero713 08-09-2009 04:41 AM

For me for what I do and what I like to shoot as I'm a more tatical shooter guy I just to juse use a .22 as a fun plinker rifle....not as a serious rifle.

Maybe eventually I'll become like that....hell I do like the .22 magnum round. Saw a rugger 10/22 in magnum a while back looked nice.

But anyway....I don't target shoot with rimfire and it is underpowered so I like spending my money on ....parden the expression.... better man killers.

Although I will but buying a Ruger Mark II and some other .22 and getting a Supresser class license for them as that would be awesome.

But in the end it depends on what you are looking for. For me I just like plinking for cheap .22s are what I drift to. Sold my 802 though as I hated it....want a wood .22

cpttango30 08-09-2009 01:39 PM

Ok jiro that is not telling me why they should be cheaper. Just that you are cheap.

I want specific reason why a rimfire rifle should be cheaper than a centerfire rifle. They have just about the same amount of machine work. Still have to pay people the put them together.

c3shooter 08-09-2009 01:46 PM

Well, actually, they are not built the same, and do not require the same amount of machine work.

MY CF rifles have 3 locking lugs on bolt, machined to precisely match 3 slots in the receiver. Chamber is different machining. Parts must fit much more precisely than my RF rifles.

Now a Marlin 39A, with a LOT of precision machining may well sell for more than a basic entry level CF rifle, like a bolt action 30-30.

Look at the sum total of materials and manpower.

Oh- and many 22 rf barrels are a different grade of steel than a .300 win mag bbl.

Now, why is there such a disparity in the price of 22 rifles and 22 PISTOLS........hmmmmmm. :rolleyes:

masterPsmith 08-09-2009 03:21 PM

Could almost write a book on the subject, but some of the most obvious points have been said. On the subject of the use or rimfires and going full circle, I made that full circle many, many moons ago. I shoot more rimfire nowdays than anything else, other than my ongoing practice for carry. More people need to break-out them old .22s. There is nothing like the smell of .22s in the morning. Brings back some of those childhood memories..............


JiroZero713 08-10-2009 02:04 AM

Er? I never said Rimfire should be cheap. I just said for me I'd want them to not be to expensive.

It's a personal preference. Not a law.

trautert 08-10-2009 06:23 AM

Economics. Supply and Demand. Perceived value.


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