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I have the chance to pick up a little H&R chrome Saturday night special. It says .22long only on the gun. LR's definitely are too long for it, but the cylinder is smooth inside without any kind of "step" or anything. I can't see why it wouldn't shoot shorts. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
 

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I'd venture to guess it says "22 long only" on it for a reason. I'm no expert though.
 

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I think its OK in moderation but I am no expert...I shoot shorts in LRs once in a blue moon if I am shooting a coon down and don't want the cops called...people don't care about a barking treed dog but a gunshot and then the dog stops barking they pick up the phone quick...

I've never had trouble with the round shooting..just doesn't feed..


I think if you did it a bunch it might errors the chamber at the end of the short case..think that's what happens if you fire a LR in a mag...
 

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The cylinder may not have a good lockup with the barrel and shooting shorts may result in shaving a lot of lead. Those old H&Rs were as you described (Saturday night specials) pocket guns, last resort defense. You may get away with shooting shorts but I wouldn't do it. I have two of those old gund, a .22 and a .32 rimfire. I will never shoot either.
 

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More often than not a cheap revolver is not timed exactly precise, and the short chamber allows for only one shell length. In a 22, a short banging the cylinder wall and forcing cone is not going to cause collateral damage, in a CF revolver, its a big no-no !
 

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Probably a good call...unless its really cheap...I can't remember EVER seeing longs on a store shelf...dad used to have a box for coon hunting like I use the shorts now..

I find shorts somewhat regularly even now...regular longs I can't say I've ever seen..then again I don't particularly look for them...
 

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I have my great grandfather's Winchester model 1890 pump .22. Its chambered for 22 Long only. I found four boxes of 100 count 22 longs at a gun show years ago. I bought all four and its the last time I've seen them for sale.
 
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