22 Long Ammunition

The .22 Long is the next step in the progression from .22 CB to .22 Short. It keeps the 29 grain bullet of the .22 Short and has an increased powder charge. This increases the cartridges performance while still retaining the low recoil and mild report found in the .22 Short.

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History of .22 Long Ammunition

Introduced in 1871, the .22 long was intended to be a natural progression of the .22 CB to .22 Short then to the .22 long. The idea was to improve the performance of the .22 Short by extending the case and increasing the powder charge, but keeping the 29 grain bullet from the Short.

After 15 years of being the most powerful of the .22 rimfire cartridges, the .22 Long Rifle was introduced. With a heavier bullet and more powerful charge, the .22 LR would quickly outpace the .22 Long in popularity and become something of an “orphan” cartridge. The .22 Long was not as quiet as the .22 Short and not as powerful as the .22 LR. So what did the .22 Long have to offer to shooters? Was it possibly a compromise, maybe a “best of both worlds”? Unfortuantely, this compromise was an answer to a question never asked. According to author Jack O’Connor, a Twentieth Century shooting icon, the .22 long was a “pretty useless contraption”.

The .22 Long has some fairly weak performance when compared to the .22 LR. It sends a 29 grain bullet downrange at approximately 1040 feet per second. This equates to about 67 foot pounds of energy. This pales in comparison to some .22 LR ammo which can easily double and in some cases triple the muzzle energy of the .22 Long. Although this paints a discouraging picture, the .22 Long has remained popular enough to have Winchester and CCI continue producing ammo in amounts that make it fairly easy to find.  Firearms dedicated to the .22 Long chambering have not been in regular production for almost 50 years, but with rifles that will shoot .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle, the .22 Long has remained popular enough to make at least two ammo manufacturers take notice and continue production. It seems that as firearms made specifically for the .22 Long become antiques and are relegated to wall hanger or safe queen status, the continued production of the .22 Long remains unsure.

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Ronald Finley ( Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:53:08 +0000 ) : Where can I find 22 Long ammuition?
Ken O'Barr ( Sun, 17 Feb 2013 01:06:55 +0000 ) : where to purchase 22 lr ammo for youth gun club.
Dan Weyler ( Tue, 19 Feb 2013 03:55:18 +0000 ) : I have a story that I don't believe it happened to this day and if some one told me the story I would just say it was a lie.I do not see how this story of which is a true story happened, So here is what happened in 1975 my nephew and I were in the desert in van horn Texas hunting jackrabbits at night. We had our flash light. we were standing in the back of the pick up and he was shinning the light. It was about 9 or 10 pm and the light hit a red eye I said stop! go back to the right a little and he stopped and I said its a rabbit so I said hold it and I took aim and I was using 22longs Hollow points. So I shot at the rabbit. Now this rabbit was about I guess 50 feet away. Any way it started coming to the light, Now I shot again and it kept coming. Now remember I am using 22long hollow points. He kept coming I shot the 3rd time he flinched and kept coming to the light. I thought well maybe he thinks he is dead and is going to the light. I shot again and now he flinched again I never missed one shot. I never miss when I shoot. He kept coming to the light well I'm using a Stevens Savage long rifle semi automatic. I was getting a little uneasy because this thing I thought was a rabbit kept coming now he is about 15 feet from the truck and I shot 2 more times, he keeps coming so I shoot again and the light is still on him. He gets about 3 feet from the side of the pick up and when we turned the light off he fell dead. Some one said the light kept him alive. Is it possible that all the hollow points did not open. Well I figured they did because when I put him in the truck this sucker was heavy he was a good 3 feet long in his torso between his front and hind legs.
Bill Osborn ( Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:24:08 +0000 ) : It was my understanding when I liked your page that you guarantied to have all ammo yet I can find any ammo on your web page.
Bevy Armstrong ( Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:25:47 +0000 ) : what kind are you looking for Bill Osborn? they got 223. :)
Bill Osborn ( Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:36:15 +0000 ) : just 22 long
Bill Osborn ( Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:37:21 +0000 ) : Every once in a while if Tom is at gander mountain at 11:00 on Thursday, he can get a box but that is very seldom.
Ed McKamey ( Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:55:23 +0000 ) : I have a like new Remington model 61, slide action repeater. It is a.22ca. Mag. Please address the.22 Mag.cart.
Billy M. Rhodes ( Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:57:39 +0000 ) : There is no discussion above of black powder v smokeless powder. What powder was being used in the.22 long in 1871?
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