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Old 02-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a noobish question that I know some haters will love to hag me on. But first, I know a lot about guns themselves, but I am teaching myself now about the ammo they take. I know the calibers but what is the grain? I know it is a measurement. Does the grain go for the whole round or just the bullet and not the powder/ case. So if I have a 40 grain .22 LR round, what does all that mean (obviously it' .22 long rifle but how much powder is charged in it and what is the weight of the bullet if measured in grains?) Is it also true that the more grains a bullet has, the less recoil? Thanks guys and I appreciate all the input on past posts!

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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It is the weight of just the bullet. More grains=more recoil.

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Grain is simply a unit of weight. 7000 grains equal 1 pound.

On ammo boxes it refers to the weight of the bullet only.

I suppose that in the same gun, with the same powder at
the same velocity the heavier bullet would recoil more---
that's simple physics. But usually when ammo is loaded
with heavier bullets, they are loaded to a lower velocity.

So no---you can't make a blanket statement that "heavier
bullets kick more".

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Thanks for the replies folks! Wanted to make sure I knew info on the grain for my next ammo purchase.

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Generally speaking, lighter bullets (lower grain weight) are loaded to higher velocity. Light, fast hollow points tend to expand more rapidly and penetrate less. A super light bullet at very high velocity may not penetrate deeply enough to damage vital organs. This can lead to wounded game (when hunting) and pissed off bad guys in a self defense situation.

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So a 40 grain .22LR may not be the best choice for home defense?

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At .22 isn't the best choice for any defence. But its better than no gun

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A 22lr isn't the best choice for home defense unless it is all you have available, a shotgun or pretty much any centerfire rifle or handgun would be better.

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Yeah. Trying to get those 25 round mags that way I have more shots. I have a 12 gauge in the closet as a backup but its a single shot. 10/22 is semi. I sometimes switch it up to where I only use my shotgun.

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If all you have for self defense is a .22 rifle, you would be better served with a high velocity hollow point IF it cycles in your rifle WITHOUT FAIL.

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