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Old 07-07-2009, 01:07 PM
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Hello folks,
I've read over the internet stories about reloading rimfire ammo.
I know, economically it is not a good choice, but i wonder if technically it is possible. If yes, somebody can help we with pictures of tools needed? Also, what substance it is used as a primer?
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No, its just an old wives tale. Getting the case rim back in shape and clean enough to reload is just not worth the effort.

Should you save the empty .22 casings? Yes. Many people swage bullets out of them in swaging dies. They could end up being trading stock to the right person, and if there was only lead available for AR bullets.




Those .223 rifles will be worthless unless you can make bullets that will run through them.

http://www.shootingtimes.com/ammunit...3short_200711/

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Well, in rimfire ammo - in contrast to centerfire ammo - are the cartridge and the primer one part.

Reloading is basically taking used rounds and replacing the primer, powder and bullet. Well now, you can't take out the old primer out of a rimfire cartridge, because the primer is part of the cartridge.

So you would either have to:

wash out all dirt, reshape the cartridge and then put in the explosive chemical that ignites the round. However, that is very dangerous and almost impossible at home unless you are an explosive expert.

Or you would have to buy .22 casings with primer but I would not know where, and then the biggest advantage of reloading is gone, namely the ability to use spend cartrdiges again, making reloading a lot less profitable.

So in short, it's near impossible to reload .22, and even if it would be possible it probably isn't profitable.
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It would e kinda cool if you could get new 22lr cases and load them yourself, hot loads, sub sonic loads all matched to your rifles, maybe i'm on to something??
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Sorry, ain't happening. And certainly not economical at all.
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What Brew said. it is still cheap buy lots.
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Sorry man, it just isn't practical to reload a rimfire cartridge. The equipment alone would have to be specialized and no body makes a bullet for reloading one, or redloading dies.

Buy them in bulk and store them properly.
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Folks,
I am convinced about the truth of your say, but i wonder if it's possible.
I read somewhere about rimfire reloading in US during '20 -'30 years. Also, i read about rimfire reloading somewhere in Siberia. So, that means can be done.
But i am curious how.

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PS Here, in Romania, IF you are allowed to own a rimfire gun, you can have a maximum number of 2-300 rounds. So, reloading can be a good option when SHTF
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I would say near impossible for the home reloader.

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Anyone have more info about making .223 jackets out of .22 brass? That's pretty spiffy...
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Link is there but hard to see.
http://www.shootingtimes.com/ammunit...3short_200711/

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Anyone have more info about making .223 jackets out of .22 brass? That's pretty spiffy...


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Folks,
I am convinced about the truth of your say, but i wonder if it's possible.
I read somewhere about rimfire reloading in US during '20 -'30 years. Also, i read about rimfire reloading somewhere in Siberia. So, that means can be done.
But i am curious how.

Bogdan
PS Here, in Romania, IF you are allowed to own a rimfire gun, you can have a maximum number of 2-300 rounds. So, reloading can be a good option when SHTF
Simple, bury 300 rds every time you get them. Add a random phone book address to each waterproof container. Use gloves. Don't make a map.

Take your rifle to the range often but mill around and keep it slung while talking to others. Pick up a used target out of the trash when no one is looking and walk out looking at the holes. If your worried have a buddy save his brass and give it to you.

Your going to need to be a lot more creative. Never have more than the limit. I repeat do not break the law. Even if you have some buried, it is no more in your possession than if you had to make a trip to the store. In fact its usually much harder to get at, but if you needed food, it would be there.

Better yet trade that rimfire in on something that you can reload.
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PS Here, in Romania, IF you are allowed to own a rimfire gun, you can have a maximum number of 2-300 rounds. So, reloading can be a good option when SHTF
That's just terrible!!! Like suggested, every time you get 2-300 rounds, cache them. BTW I love the Romanian Rimfire Rifles! Things are deadly accurate for cheap guns.
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Thank you for tips, folks.

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Folks,
Look what i found on the net
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"Reload Those Rimfires" Robert Miller, 2 pp. about reloading rimfire cartridges using strike-anywhere match heads in a water paste for priming and applied inside the rim with a flat head nail, in July-August Backwoodsman.
Seems that on Backwoodsman magazine, on July-August 2001 was an article about reloading rimfire.
Somebody have that magazine?
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PS Here, in Romania, IF you are allowed to own a rimfire gun, you can have a maximum number of 2-300 rounds. So, reloading can be a good option when SHTF
Note to self: No more bitching about swedish gun laws

By the way, if rules are so strickt about owning ammo my guess they are pretty tight about powder as well. Might wanna find out before you get nicked and treated as a bomb maker.
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You can own here powder for maximum 500 shotgun shells (IF you have a owner permit).

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Folks,
Look what i found on the net

Seems that on Backwoodsman magazine, on July-August 2001 was an article about reloading rimfire.
Somebody have that magazine?
This is a very bad idea. Anyone that tells you strike anywhere compound should be used in ammunition is nuts, or has read some old black ops manual and passing it off as a safe, normal thing to do.

If it was end of the world, and man gone back to barbarians, then its your fingers, do what you will.

shock sensitive ammunition is a very bad idea.
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