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    Performance of .22WMR in Revolvers?

    I've made note that the Taurus 992 Tracker can use .22WMR. I'm a big fan of the .22WMR, using it in my stainless-steel Ruger Super Single Six revolver and in my vintage Mossberg 640KD "Chuckster" rifle. My Ruger is SA only, and the 992 is SA/DA. I'm intrigued by the 992 and considering a purchase of one.

    After reading a few on-line articles about the performance of the .22WMR in revolvers, I'm just curious as to what members of this forum think about this. My very non-scientific tests (shooting into water-filled cans and other solid targets) of .22WMR ammo in my 6-inch Ruger seem to show that the round really does pack more punch than .22LR out of the same gun. However, some gun writers have stated that .22WMR really doesn't offer much more performance in revolvers because the shorter barrels (vs. rifles) are too short to take advantage of the larger amount of propellant compared to the .22LR. Granted, there is some increase in velocity...no doubt about it...but just how much vs. .22LR? Some of the information I've found claims that using .22WMR in a revolver provides a bit more power downrange, but doesn't really provide enough performance gain to justify the increase in cost-per-round.

    What say you?

    I'm going to look for more information, including some study at ballisticsbytheinch.com. Based on my personal experiences, I believe the .22WMR cartridge is worth using in a revolver if the shooter wants more terminal ballistic power for purposes other than casual plinking. It can't approach the power of its use in a much longer rifle barrel, for sure.

    I'm just wondering what revolver users on this forum think about it. The 992 sure looks like a nice piece.

    Thanks for your feedback!
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    I would not carry a .22 mag as a primary arm, personally. But, I do often carry it in a NAA Black Widow as back up to my primary. I have 9mm and .45ACP semis and .38 and .357 magnum revolvers for carry. In that NAA, I carry Hornady CD designed for self defense in short barreled revolvers. It don't hurt that it's also quite accurate in that NAA.

    I do own a 3.5" bird's head grip Heritage Rough Rider. I bought it for plinking, mostly, and have carried it with .22 mag shot loads for snakes and with CCI maximags for dispatching trapped raccoons. It takes out a coon a little faster than does a LR, or seems to.

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    In a recent test by Lucky Gunner on various .32 caliber ammo, their data showed that in short handgun barrels the .22 Magnum is close to the .32 H&R Mag in performance.
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    My 992 will nearly remove the head of a squirrel with the magnum at 20 yards. How's that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbr3 View Post
    I've made note that the Taurus 992 Tracker can use .22WMR. I'm a big fan of the .22WMR, using it in my stainless-steel Ruger Super Single Six revolver and in my vintage Mossberg 640KD "Chuckster" rifle. My Ruger is SA only, and the 992 is SA/DA. I'm intrigued by the 992 and considering a purchase of one.

    After reading a few on-line articles about the performance of the .22WMR in revolvers, I'm just curious as to what members of this forum think about this. My very non-scientific tests (shooting into water-filled cans and other solid targets) of .22WMR ammo in my 6-inch Ruger seem to show that the round really does pack more punch than .22LR out of the same gun. However, some gun writers have stated that .22WMR really doesn't offer much more performance in revolvers because the shorter barrels (vs. rifles) are too short to take advantage of the larger amount of propellant compared to the .22LR. Granted, there is some increase in velocity...no doubt about it...but just how much vs. .22LR? Some of the information I've found claims that using .22WMR in a revolver provides a bit more power downrange, but doesn't really provide enough performance gain to justify the increase in cost-per-round.

    What say you?

    I'm going to look for more information, including some study at ballisticsbytheinch.com. Based on my personal experiences, I believe the .22WMR cartridge is worth using in a revolver if the shooter wants more terminal ballistic power for purposes other than casual plinking. It can't approach the power of its use in a much longer rifle barrel, for sure.

    I'm just wondering what revolver users on this forum think about it. The 992 sure looks like a nice piece.

    Thanks for your feedback!
    Check out ballistics by the inch.

    You can gain about 200-300 FPS from 22 LR to Magnum.

    I love my 992. It is really fun to shoot. I have a Bushnell red dot on it. I carry North American Arms 22 WMR/Magnum as a 3rd gun. A 2.5” barrel can give 12 inches of penetration in a magnum.

    As a self defense option, one hesitation is that rimfire is less reliable than centerfire. It is also prone to issues after moisture exposure. Stored Older ammunition ( greater than 10 years old) have less reliability.


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    BBTI - Ballistics by the Inch :: Results
    This is for 22 mag, and you can click on 22lr to see how they compare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G Love View Post
    BBTI - Ballistics by the Inch :: Results
    This is for 22 mag, and you can click on 22lr to see how they compare.
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    I agree with Native Texan on the NAA Mini-Revolver. There are times when I am at an event where I have to wear a suit or a tux (what? you don't think a chef can own a tux?? hmph!) and even carrying my Ruger LCPII can be conspicuous. So I will carry my NAA .22WMR with the foldable grip. Makes a nice tidy package that nobody even notices. Not the most firepower in town for a primary but as they say, any gun is better than no gun.
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