What's the Difference Between Rimfire and Centerfire Guns?
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    What's the Difference Between Rimfire and Centerfire Guns?

    I bought my grandfather a spinner target, and it says to use on centerfire handguns up to .44 caliber. It specifically says not to use on .22 rimfires.

    I know he has a lot of different guns, so what is the big deal about rimfires? The one he likes to shoot best is, I believe a S&M camoflauge .22 pistol, and I think it is rimfire.
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    Probably the .22 rimfire doesn't have enough oomph to spin the target and increase the risk of ricochet bouncing back at you. Just a guess though. Probably could send a note the the manufacturer and ask them.

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    Im going with the ricochet possibility. not the first time ive heard of that.
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    If target is heavy metal, .22's would probably richochet off of it rather than causing it to spin. Centerfires have primer in center of cartridge. Rimfires are on the edge.
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    S+m ?

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    Maybe not as much ricochet as lack of spin. I think they don't want to sell you a target that does not have the excitement level you might want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerr View Post
    S+m ?
    Probably S&W.

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    I go for the lack of power in the .22 rimfire, the guy who wrote this did not realise that there were rimfires of big caliber like the 12.7x44R for the Swedish rolling block. OK is 140 years ago! But with the modern .22 ceterfire lik 223 etc it must be the power to make the target work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerr View Post
    S+m ?
    the W spun around to be M

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    Welcome to MO from NH Paula. At our club you can only shoot plates and heavy spinners with 38 cal and above and no rifles either. They do make spinners for 22 rimfire out of lighter weight metal.
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