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Old 01-16-2011, 10:34 AM
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"A caliber conversion sleeve (known by many names, including cartridge conversion sleeve, supplemental chamber, chamber insert, subgauge insert or subgauge tube) is a device which can be used to non-permanently alter a firearm to allow it to fire a different cartridge than the one it was originally designed to fire." -http://reference.findtarget.com

That was something that I didn't know about a few minutes ago;

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:48 AM
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I found out about these sleeves while at the range yesterday. There was an old - timer there with his collection of guns from the 1930's! He was shooting a Single Action Army and I kept looking over my shoulder because it sounded like .22 short and the holes on his 4x4 target were very small. I just had to know, so I waited until he was done and then I asked him what he was shooting. He told me that he would keep "the good stuff at home, and use the cheap stuff here"; by using these caliber conversion sleeves he was able to shoot .22 LR out of his Single Action Army. Isn't that awesome?!

I thought that it was just a revolver thing, and being a big fan of revolvers my pride sort of inflated but, such was not the case!

There are different kinds of sleeves for different kinds of ammunition. I think it's amazing!



Does anyone have experience with these things?

Does it affect any parts of the gun in any negative way?
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They work fine and can make for some cheap shooting as well as much more practice than with full power ammo, depending on the conversion chambering.

http://www.mcace.com/adapters.htm

Hammond Game getter's

Sportsman's Guide even lists some.

If you don't reload (or if you do and want to make really quiet loads) these are often the easiest to teach newbies with and take small game with your big game guns.
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They work fine and can make for some cheap shooting as well as much more practice than with full power ammo, depending on the conversion chambering.

http://www.mcace.com/adapters.htm

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Sportsman's Guide even lists some.

If you don't reload (or if you do and want to make really quiet loads) these are often the easiest to teach newbies with and take small game with your big game guns.
I'm looking for one in .357/.38 !
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I'm looking for one in .357/.38 !
.38/.357 in what? Or what in .38/.357
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.38/.357 in what? Or what in .38/.357
I'm looking for a caliber conversion sleeve that shoots .22LR in a .357 "sleeve".
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I'm looking for a caliber conversion sleeve that shoots .22LR in a .357 "sleeve".
Talk to your local machinist.

Take him (her) a .22 chamber reamer and chamber/cartridge dimensions.

Have extras made, you'll likely have some takers if you decide to sell them.
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I'm looking for a caliber conversion sleeve that shoots .22LR in a .357 "sleeve".
Rimfire in a center fire does not work well unless you are talking TC contender/Encore
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This company makes chamber adapters so you can shoot a similar diameter bullet - 32 auto in a 30-06. http://www.mcace.com/adapters.htm Jerry D. Young has been a frequent champion of this combination (might have been 308 not 30-06 - in any case the concept is the same).

It sounds like what you are looking for is on their inserts page http://www.mcace.com/rifleinserts.html You will need to contact them about 38/357 to 22lr because they don't have that listed.
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Rimfire in a center fire does not work well unless you are talking TC contender/Encore
They actually do make rimfire cartridges shoot from a centerfire without it being a TC. The holes drilled in the adater are off set so the centerfire firing pin hits the rim of the rimfire round. Aint real accurate but good at close range. I have used these adapters for years in various configuations. They are great for finishing off a wounded big game animal or taking small game at under 25 yards. Most guns require some sight modification to hit point of aim. I actually have a converter that shoots 22lr's from a 12 guage.
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They actually do make rimfire cartridges shoot from a centerfire without it being a TC. The holes drilled in the adater are off set so the centerfire firing pin hits the rim of the rimfire round. Aint real accurate but good at close range. I have used these adapters for years in various configuations. They are great for finishing off a wounded big game animal or taking small game at under 25 yards. Most guns require some sight modification to hit point of aim. I actually have a converter that shoots 22lr's from a 12 guage.
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I did not say they did not make them. I said they did not work well.
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