Most popular recreational shooting rimfire cartridge celebrates 125 year
The .22 Long Rifle rimfire (5.6×15mmR -
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 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 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. Virtually every manufacturer of cartridge firearms makes at
least one model chambering it, and this has been true for more than a century.
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.
Low cost, minimal recoil, and relatively
low noise make .22 LR an ideal cartridge for recreational shooting, initial
firearms training, small-game hunting and pest control. Used by Boy Scouts for
the rifle shooting merit badge, .22 LR is popular among novice shooters and
experts alike. The rimfire round is commonly packaged in boxes of 50 or 100
rounds, and is often sold by the brick, a carton containing either 10 boxes of
50 rounds or loose cartridges totaling 500 rounds, or the case containing 10
bricks totaling 5,000 rounds. A wide variety of rimfire ammunition is available
commercially, and the available ammunition varies widely both in price and performance.
Bullet weights among commercially available ammunition range from 20 to 60
grains (1.3 to 3.9 g), and velocities vary from 575 to 1,750 ft/s (175 to 530
m/s). Promotional loads for plinking can be purchased in bulk for significantly
less cost than precision target rounds.
This cartridge is ideal for introduction of young shooters to sport. We have run several
kids camps were everyone could hone their shooting skills with .22LR semiauto or single shot rifles. If
you still do not have one of rifles in
this caliber buy one for your family and you’ll never be disappointed.