22 "ammo" trick.

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by TNFrank, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. TNFrank

    TNFrank New Member

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    Not sure if any of ya'll know about this one, I used it back in the day with my single shot, bolt action Remington 22lr rifle just to play with in the back yard. You can use a 22cal air gun pellet and a small 22cal blank cartridge likes used in the nail guns(looks like a crimped 22 short without the bullet) and load in your bolt guns to make what amounts to a 22 BB cap load. Just load the pellet in first, push the blank in behind it and close the bolt and you'd be surprised at how well it works at short range.
    I know 22lr has been hard to come by lately so I figure I'd pass this little trick along so that you could at least get a little practice in or shoot small game at short range with something until you can find the actual "real deal" 22lr stuff. ;)
     
  2. Overkill0084

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    I don't doubt that it works. But...it sounds like a pretty expensive way to shoot pellets. Wouldn't a pellet gun be simpler? A few hundred blanks later and you could've bought an inexpensive pellet gun with a few tins of pellets..
     

  3. pranc2

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    They also have those caborli shots.. i know that not spelled right. And they are not much more than a primer and fly around 400ft/sec. But i still would rather just buy a pellet gun.
     
  4. TNFrank

    TNFrank New Member

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    Yep, if you've got $150-$250 to get into a good air rifle then that'd be the preferred way to go but this is just a way to let someone with a bolt action 22lr shoot it while the supplies are low on actual 22lr ammo. I have no idea what the blanks will cost since I had em' already from a friends nail gun so I just had to buy the pellets but I just thought I'd throw it out there incase someone needed to shoot a rabbit or something and didn't have any real 22 rimfire ammo on hand. :rolleyes:
     
  5. c3shooter

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    The Remington .22 loads are about $7.33/ 100 at Lowes. Be advised those are NOT "primer only" like the Colobri rounds from Aguilla- they actually come in different power levels, as indicated by the color on the base of the round.

    I do not think I would try this unless in a survival setting- have seen a number of .22 rifles with a bulged barrel from an obstructed bore.
     
  6. TNFrank

    TNFrank New Member

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    I've known guys to load up a .223 Rem case with a magnum primer and push a pellet into the case mouth and shoot it. Plenty of power for it to clear the barrel. Same deal with the nail gun blanks, more then enough power even with the lower power ones to clear the barrel. ;)
     
  7. longunner

    longunner New Member

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    One of my buddies just told me he heard of that before...makes sense to me that it would work pretty good.
     
  8. John_Deer

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    You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent pellet rifle. I have a crosman phantom I bought for $80. I never have any problems with it. I have put over 10,000 pellets through it. I have shot it through a chronograph. It shoots a constant 1040 FPS. I did have to put new rubber in the compression cylinder one time after 2 years of use. It has lasted a lot longer than the Benjamin Nitro NP I paid $275 for that fell apart in 2 weeks.

    When you buy a pellet rifle no matter who makes it or how much you paid for it they all pretty much have the same power plant. You are paying for the name and nicer furniture. The charlie da tuna triggers fit a whole bunch of popular pellet guns. I have one on my phantom.
     
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  9. Overkill0084

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    I have a Daisy 881 my dad bought in the late 70s. I'm sure it has tens of thousands of pellets through it. That thing will not die. It will still put RWS Hobby pellets into one hole at 10 meters all day.
    Considering it's descendant the 880 is available for under $50, there really isn't a lot of excuse for doing without. More powerful break barrels start at around $80 if you have a squirrel problem.
    I have a number of other higher quality airguns as well (older Beeman, Weihrauch Feinwerkbau), but the Daisy is impressive due to the sheer value for money factor.
     
  10. Crazycastor

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    I wouldnt recommend doing this, pellets are alot softer and you powder charge can push right past the pellet leaving it inside your barrel. Thinking you shot and just missed, the next one could blow your barrel. Just a thought and remember always keep it safe when playing with guns.
     
  11. pranc2

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    My old man has a RWS breech loaded pellet rifle that is a tack driver of a pellet gun out to 20 yrds or so. And it is spring loaded so a bit of a different animal.

    Got a crossman pistol for $60 that had almost 5k through it with no problems what so ever. Good one or cheap one they seem to last until that one kid pumps it up one to many times. ;)