Nope. No way.
This is a discussion on Reloading the .22LR within the Reloading forums, part of the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics category; I did a search and went through a couple pages here and checked my my Lyman book, but didn't see anything on it. Can some ...
I did a search and went through a couple pages here and checked my my Lyman book, but didn't see anything on it. Can some of the expert reloader's here tell me why can't the .22LR be reloaded, or can it. I'm sure it has to do with the rim fire case, but surly there's a way to do it, right?
Nope. No way.
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Actually it can be done but with the amount of work it would require, you'd never want to shoot them. Here's a video of one guy getting the priming system somewhat figured out.
The bottom line is it's way too sketchy and labor intensive a process for it to be worth messing with. Maybe if we were in a post-apocalyptic world and there was no manufacturing taking place, it might be worth doing. Beyond that sort of scenario, it's probably safer and easier to just do the .22 hunt and grab it where you can!
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I recall old techniques (somewhere) making rimfire reloading possible, but far-less than practical. So, IMHO, yes you can. Yet, no you won't.
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New or used, it can be done. Priming is the issue. When the end comes and you're down to your last round it may be worth it. Until then... But there's always that "Hey, look at this!" factor.
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Maybe it's time to invent a center fire round that's within the bounds of 22lr. Something not as powerful as .22 caliber center fire like 22-250, 223, 222. Maybe something is already out there I don't know abt. Maybe download .22 center fire rounds made now to 22lr ballistics? Myself if I was concerned I might just shoot 223 or available 9mm, 40sw, 45acp in a rifle made that way. Just reload that...
The .25 ACP is already pretty close to .22 LR ballistics, out least out to 10 yards of so.
Back to the OP: where would you find new, unfired .22 brass to load?
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The closest thing to that would be the five-seven, a 22 LR on steroids. However, reloading the five-seven is very finicky, and not for beginning reloaders.
Standard 22 LR is not worth the time and trouble to reload. Besides, you would have trouble finding a powder dispenser that could throw such a small powder charge accurately.
First, where would you buy the components? What kind of sizing dies would you use? I don't think I've ever seen any of that stuff for sale. Assuming you could purchase it, what would be the advantage? The cases wouldn't be reusable because of the permanent dent made by the firing pin, unless you were lucky enough to strike a clean spot every time.
I had an older friend who told of reloading 22s during the WWII years to keep meat on his family's table. All cases were reused in the arms they were first fired from so sizing was not as critical, and all were locked breech. Priming was done with paste pushed into the open areas of the rim using toothpicks, and projectiles were fashioned from scrap metals. Cases had to be indexed to the firing pin and could be loaded only a few times as he had no way to open the struck portion of the rim. Accuracy was inconsistent and poor and required stalking up close to that squirrel or rabbit if you wanted to eat.
Hardly worth doing if other sources were available.
OP: It can be done if you have no other options.
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dies don't exist, new brass doesn't exist, priming compounds made at home would be sketchy at best, there's really no reason to even think about it.....
you would be better off making bows and arrows