.22lr abd 22 mag differences

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by sagenodland, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

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    I was looking at my dads ruger single six and he doesnt have the .22lr cylinder anymore so all we can shoot through it is 22 mag i was looking at the differences (other than being shorter) and i noticed 22 mag was slightly larger in diameter and i measered it and it was. 224 instead of. 223
    And the rim was larger on the magnum so...would it be safe or even possible to shoot. 22 lr through it?
    I know its a dumb question but I'm just curious.
     
  2. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    No dont do it if it says 22mag the shoot 22mag, savin a lil on ammo isnt worth gettin hurt. Only shoot what its chambered for period.
     

  3. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    The 22lr cartridge could split in the magnum chamber, and bad things could happen.

    22 mag is slightly larger in diameter than the 22lr.
     
  4. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

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    Like what bad things? Major gas bleeding off and causing damage that way or explosions?
     
  5. Marlinman

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    Explosions, lead fragments from the bullet splattering off from the frame, bending the cylinder rod, breaking the firing pin. Also you can catch pieces of stuff in your hands/body/face. All in all DO NOT do this to a great gun.

    God didnt make all men equal colonel sam colt did
     
  6. ninjatoth

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    Oh it's possible to fire a .22LR through a magnum cylinder,and chances are you could get away with it for a long time with no issues,but it's not worth that chance if something does goes wrong.When I was a kid my neighbor an I used to shoot .22 mag and .22LR in the same cylinder of some single action revolver his dad had,we never had issues but now I know better to not risk something like that.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    just because something will fit into the chamber, doesn't mean it's safe to shoot. remember the chamber is designed to hold all that pressure, support the case, and propel the bullet down the barrel. so if it doesn't fit properly, all the pressure is now uncontrolled and can cause bad things to happen. remember this is one of the rules of gun safety, only use ammo marked for the chamber in which it is to be fired in, period.
     
  8. natman

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    That's the general idea. Ruger went to the trouble of including a separate cylinder for a reason.
     
  9. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 22lr uses a heeled bullet and the outside case diameter is the same diameter as the bullet. The 22 mag uses a normal bullet and the outside case diameter is larger than the bullet. The 22lr would be a very loose fit in the 22 mag chamber and would be unsupported. The chances of a ruptured case are high and it is not safe.
     
  10. primer

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    There are two exceptions to the rule of marked chambers. It is perfectly safe to shoot 38 specials in 357 magnum chambers. Also 44 specials are safe in 44 magnums. This might also be true with the 41' s but I'm not sure.
     
  11. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Dont forget the 44/ 410 combo
     
  12. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Or 45 acp/LC in revolvers

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  13. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    What about a 45lc in my 410 double barrel stevens? Not going to do it, but what say you.
     
  14. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Not worth blowing the gun up

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  15. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    Yea, thats the way I feel. I bought that little gem for 100.00 back in the summer. It shoots real nice. I take my mossey 590 when my son and his friends and I shoot clays with riot guns but now I use the little 410 more.
     
  16. sagenodland

    sagenodland New Member

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    Thats why i thought it might be alright
     
  17. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Your 410 is probably choked full & full. You will run into problems when the slugs hit the choke. Since they are not rifled they will not be easy to swage through the choke and might cause some damage.
     
  18. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    Thanks, I thouht it would be a bad idea. Just want to confirm my gut feelings.
     
  19. Marlinman

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    Also a 45 is bigger than a 410 or. 41 which is what a .410 is

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  20. ninjatoth

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    There's alot of exceptions,like a .460S&W magnum revolver will fire .460 mags,.454 casull,45 long colt,.410 shotshells(I think) .45autorim and .45acp if it's cut for moonclips,same with the .327 mag firing a few others,even a .556x45 nato that is supposed to fire a .223 is a slightly different case size.