Is the 223 a 22 caliber?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by hq357, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    trying to settle a debate With a friend. Is 556/223 a 22 caliber?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    In the rarely used true sense of the word, yes. So is the 22-250 and the .220 Swift. However, most people us the "22" term to mean 22 rimfire, which of course it is not.
     

  3. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    Put a mic on a 223 bullet. Argument over lol
     
  4. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing

    A Smart Car and a Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limousine are both "cars" too.

    I will add that .22 LR are lead slugs, maybe copper washed. Everything .22 Mag and above are REAL bullets, jacketed, otherwise they'd fly apart from the rpm's. Even .22 Mag rimfire is twice as powerful as .22 LR. .223? It's a ".22" bullet in diameter only. See the pic I was generous enough to take the time to attach which speaks a thousand words.

    Note: .22 LR bullets are usually 36 to 40 grains weight and .223 is usually 55 to 62 grains.
     

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  5. mdauben

    mdauben New Member

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    Huh...? Lots of centerfire handgun and rifle cartridges can be found loaded with non-jacketed, lead slugs.
     
  6. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    I shoot lead out of my 38's and 45's.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    ANNNNND the QUESTION was- is it a .22 caliber. Not .22 LR, but .22 caliber. And caliber denotes nothing beyond the diameter of the bullet.

    Both a .30 Carbine and a 30-06 are .30 calibers- even though they are VERY different cartridges.
     
  8. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Yes the .223 is a .22 caliber, there it`s settled................
     
  9. langenc

    langenc New Member

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    Bullets for several calibers are 0.224" ..

    Some of those calibers 223, 5.56mm (millimeter), 22-250, 22 Hornet, 222 Remington, 22 Long rifle, 22 Short and on and on.

    All 22 caliber.

    I thgink your friend has listened to Joe Biden et al and they have confused him.

    Is the 223/5.56 a 22 LR??? NO NO NO Centerfire vs rimfire.
     
  10. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    Yes it is, end of story.

    Jim
     
  11. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Yup, good for nothing but squirrels and gophers.
    ;)
     
  12. MattShlock

    MattShlock New Member

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    Seems to me the old boy is referring to .22 caliber ammo. Can't imagine why...
     
  13. Viking

    Viking Active Member

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    This is all that was needed unless one is of the old axiom of this is too simplistic of an answer for a complicated situation, Thank you 303tom!!!