Same guy gave us this gem: Reused primersOk I see. Asked because I was out with a buddy shooting his 22 convertible with 22 LR and we discovered after the fact that he forgot to swap out the mag cylinder. So made me wonder why you need the regular 22 cyl. But if the mag dimensions are bigger so what then does the 22 LR bullets just rattle down the barrel? The bullets are the same size no?
A bit harsh Mr Sanchez, shooting with a friend who I know is a safety conscious person who accidentally forgot to swap out his cylinder. As for me who in the heck would think to check as I didn’t even know it was a convertible. That being said my buddy was embarrassed and apologetic. Things happen, Nobody was hurt but that’s was the reason for my original post asking what’s the difference after all there are convertibles for 45’s LC and ACP, 357 and 9mm so I get the size different between the 22’s but if said bullet is going down the same barrel I just wanted to know the harm in using the same cylinder. I think I am getting my point across, hard sometimes translating thoughts to a computer. By the way the Darwin crack no way offends got a chuckle out of it 👍
And this is a perfect example of how to discourage those who are new to guns from asking questions. Please take a week to think about proper conduct here on the forum. Thank you.
The case's didn't even split on us, we only shot maybe half a box when my friend discovered the mixup. Which led to our discussion and then to my OP. I've read Mr. Sanchez's post's in the past so his condescending some would say insulting reply doesn't surprise or bother me. I have learned the only dumb question is the one not asked and if I don't know then their are others who don't also. I enjoy this forum and get a lot out of it even from Mr. Sanchez and his wealth of knowledge so my input will still be forthcoming.Done the .22 LR into .22 Mag thing once...split cases with no damage to sixgun or me.
The case's didn't even split on us, we only shot maybe half a box when my friend discovered the mixup. Which led to our discussion and then to my OP. I've read Mr. Sanchez's post's in the past so his condescending some would say insulting reply doesn't surprise or bother me. I have learned the only dumb question is the one not asked and if I don't know then their are others who don't also. I enjoy this forum and get a lot out of it even from Mr. Sanchez and his wealth of knowledge so my input will still be forthcoming.
A buddy of mine did the same thing with his Ruger Single Six (.22LR from the WMR cylinder).Only half a box? On two separate instances the owners of High Standard Double Nines had been shooting LR from the WMR cylinder for I don't know how long.
FP must be long enough in the HS that they never had misfires and had no reason to look at the spent cases.
FWIW, both cylinders were unfluted. Unlike the Ruger Super Single Six which has cylinders distinguishable at a glance.
Bob, you commented on bullet/bore size. I'm surprised nobody addressed the issue for you yet. Here goes....in a nutshellI dont know about a Darwin Award, might just be simple ignorance.
Full disclosure, I have made this error myself.
The diameter difference between 22LR and 22 Mag is not all that huge, I didn't notice any difference until I ejected the empties and saw the expanded necks.
Didn't go for a second cylinder full but the results were not as catastrophic as some would believe.
This was with a Ruger Single Six, an overbuild firearm if there ever was one so, no, the world didn't end.
IIRC, the bore diameter on those is middle of the road to accommodate either bullet diameter.
Not a practice I would recommend but everyone has an "oops" moment on occasion.
Thank YouBob, you commented on bullet/bore size. I'm surprised nobody addressed the issue for you yet. Here goes....in a nutshell
The 22lr bullet diameter differs from the 22 wmr by only a thousandth or two. The heeled lubricated or copper washed bullet of the LR vs the actual jacketed bullet of the WMR.
The size difference worth noting is in the case diameter. The LR round can actually fit inside the magnum case (most times). Therefore the cylinder bore is larger for the latter vs the former.
This allows the LR round to sit a little 'off'. The case expands off center and the bullet enters the forcing cone a wee bit more askew than desirable. Theoretically putting pressure against the walls more unevenly. Modern metallurgy can compensate as has been shown, but it isn't something to be tested constantly.
Most barrels are set up to handle the magnum round relying on bullet obturation of the soft long rifle round to make up the difference.
Being slightly off spec increases the problem of cylinder crud and leading. While it isn't known to be catastrophic, its certainly a total PIA to have to clean up.
I have never tried this next part and I have no desire to try it unless my life depended on it. But here goes for the sake of information.
Others have cut portions of the 22WMR casing to use as cylinder liners as 22LR 'adapters'. Good for a one or two time use. Providing the firearm is capable of making a good rim strike. Some do and some can't.