The .22 Long Rifle rimfire (5.6×15R – metric designation) cartridge is a long established variety of ammunition, and in terms of units sold is still by far the most common in the world today. The cartridge is often referred to simply as .22 LR (“twenty-two-/ˈɛl/-/ˈɑr/”) and various rifles, pistols, revolvers, and even some smoothbore shotguns have been manufactured in this caliber. The cartridge originated from the Flobert BB Cap of 1845 through the .22 Smith & Wesson cartridge of 1857, and was developed by the American firearms manufacturer J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company in 1887[3] by combining the casing of the .22 Long with the 40-grain (2.6 g) bullet of the .22 Extra Long. For many decades, it has been a very popular cartridge around the world. It is one of the few cartridges that are accepted by a large variety of rifles, as well as pistols. The .22 Long Rifle and related cartridges (.22 Short, .22 Long and .22 Extra Long) use a heeled bullet, which means that the bullet is the same diameter as the case, and has a narrower “heel” portion that fits in the case.

Educational Zone #157 – A Super Accurate .22 Rifle, The Savage Mark II BSEV

A while back I posted about a Savage .223 bolt gun that I had bought. I was very impressed by the quality and the accuracy of the rifle. Savage had very deviously sent me a catalog of their products and I saw one that caught my eye. It is the Savage Mark II BSEV .22 Long Rifle (LR) bolt action rifle. Here it is. It is a very sharp looking rifle IMHO. It has a cut-out stock made from laminated wood. It is very comfortable [...]

Educational Zone #130 – Does Cleaning a .22 Rimfire Rifle Barrel Hurt Accuracy?

We had a discussion recently about cleaning the bore of a .22 rimfire rifle. One poster said, “It will ruin the barrel. Never clean a rimfire rifle barrel!” I got to wondering. I have never believed the old wife’s tale about never cleaning a .22 rifle barrel, but I guess there is only one way to know for sure. There isn’t much debate about cleaning a high power centerfire rifle barrel. Centerfire rifle cartridges [...]

Educational Zone #105 – The Remington Model 510 Targetmaster .22 Bolt Action Rifle

I have an old .22 rifle that I have had for a long time.I believe I paid about $20 for it many years ago. It was in pretty rough shape, with the stock all beat up and most of the stock finish gone. But although it was an ugly duckling, I kind of like ugly ducklings, as I like to turn them into swans. It is a Remington Model 510, Targetmaster. It is a single shot, bolt action, .22 rimfire rifle.I took it apart and cleaned [...]

The Box O’ Truth #1 – The Original Box O’ Truth

This is the Box. Having some time for study of this fascinating sport, I built the “Box O’ Truth”. The purpose of the Box is to test the penetration of various rounds. People often say, “I think…”. “I suppose…”, “I bet…”, when discussing facts like penetration of ammunition. There is only one way to know how much a certain round penetrates. You must [...]
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