Rimfire vs. center fire

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by winds-of-change, Sep 12, 2010.

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  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    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.
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    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.
     

  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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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.
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    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?
     
  5. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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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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  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher

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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.
     
  8. freefall

    freefall New Member

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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.
     
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    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.
     
  10. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    1. winds-of-change has exceeded their stored private messages quota and cannot accept further messages until they clear some space.

    You have to empty some of the junk out of your mail box. Cannot transmit any further private messages. Joe
     
  11. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    Got it!! :eek:
     
  12. Pyrogenic

    Pyrogenic New Member

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    Interesting answer, that doesn't provide an answer, doesn't help, and demeans a person asking a question all at the same time!

    So in your opinion, anyone should be an expert in rimfire history, like you, before owning any weapon? I found this forum trying to learn about rimfire too, but am no closer to any understanding without some helpful contribution.
     
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    Pyrogenic, this is a very old thread you pulled up and I am the originator of this thread. It's all okay. I was new to guns and as green as the grass when I started this thread. I've come a ways with the help of the people on this forum. I was not offended by Freefall's post. He certainly had a point. But thank you so much for speaking up in my defense. Welcome to FTF and I look forward to learning from you, too. :D

    Feel free to ask questions but I like the fact you used the "search" feature. You will get lots of friendly, helpful advice here about rimfires and anything else you want to know. This thread was actually the first of many, many threads I started with questions on the most basic things.
     
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  14. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher

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    I think very old thread is the operative term in WOC's response. Let's not resurrect a thread unless there's a real good reason to do so.
     
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