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.22 Long Rifle vs .22 WMR

If you're looking for a target or training rifle or plan on hunting small game like rabbits at 50 yards or less, the .22 Long Rifle is hard to beat when compared to the .22 WMR.

.22 Long Rifle vs .22 WMR

Introducing the .22 Long Rifle to a bunch of rifle cranks makes about as much sense as asking Vin Scully if he's ever heard of Sandy Koufax, so I'll keep this brief. Smith & Wesson produced the first .22 rimfire cartridge, which it chambered in its First Model revolver in 1857. Fourteen years later the Smith & Wesson case was extended 0.192 inch so it could hold an extra grain of powder, and thus the ".22 Short" and ".22 Long" names were adopted.

A .22 Extra Long followed, but it wasn't particularly accurate. Finally, in 1887, the ballisticians at J. Stevens Arms & Tool plugged a 40-grain bullet from the .22 Extra Long into a .22 Long case and, voila, the cartridge we all know and love as the .22 Long Rifle came to pass.

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