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Sharpshooter 22 LR Reloading Tool Kit | 22LR Reloader


Ran across this little gizmo tonight. I'm still reading about it, trying to find more info about the process, review's, application's, etc, etc. Not really too expensive as pretty much everything is in the kit it look's like. Something to think about anyway. Ya'll take care.
 

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Very Interesting !!

I always wondered if there was a way of reloading the 22lr. When I ask, I was always told there is no way... Guess "they" were wrong.

What I don't know/understand is just how/what (primer ??) is used to fire the powder from a once fired case? Along with how to get the indentation out of the spent case to make sure the striker does not strike the same spot and cause a misfire ?

Looks like I will spend some time doing some searching on info, and the process along with you...

Please keep this post updated with your search results, if you will and I will do the same... THANKS
 

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FWIW from what I see, you don't remove the previous striker dent, you just reprime the rest of the rim and load your rounds accordingly, so the dent doesn't chamber in the position of the firing pin. Having worked around metal quite a bit, I don't believe you can take the strike point out without cracking the brass at the crease formed at the outer edge of the rim by the firing pin, at least not without heat and forming tools. Just suposition on my part, but I'm comfortable with it.
 

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I don't see any priming compound in that kit and considering that 22 LR primer
is made of some pretty explosive stuff that has to be spun under the rim.
It's unlikely that you will be able to buy a gallon of liquid primer compound.
Safe when wet, explosive when dry.
I see this as a gimmick that will likely not work very well unless you
have a high speed spinner along with liquid primer. No way to remove
the dent in the base so there's that as a possible source of misfire.
Keep in mind under that rim really needs to be cleaned before adding
the primer solution that you cannot buy.
cheaper and easier to wait in line at Walmart or wherever than reloading
22LR. Better yet reload a decent centerfire like the 22 hornet or something.
 

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Sounds like a bunch of baloney! Federal did a story about .22 manufacturing, hardest part was priming the case, thats what make the machinery so specialized. If your going to try at home, have your insurance paid up.
 

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I really think that one would be better off with a small caliber muzzleloader. I've seen .22 barrels made into black powder guns, using air gun pellets as bullets amongst other things. That muzzleloader would be easier for an old guy like me to reload, than a .22 case. Just a little food for thought........
 

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Just watched a YouTube video the company had up. Looks like a lot of work. Not worth it in my opinion.
 

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In the video he makes his own primer compound. Looks possible but time consuming.

22 Long Rifle Rimfire Reloader Videos | 22LR Reloader

I don't see any priming compound in that kit and considering that 22 LR primer
is made of some pretty explosive stuff that has to be spun under the rim.
It's unlikely that you will be able to buy a gallon of liquid primer compound.
Safe when wet, explosive when dry.
I see this as a gimmick that will likely not work very well unless you
have a high speed spinner along with liquid primer. No way to remove
the dent in the base so there's that as a possible source of misfire.
Keep in mind under that rim really needs to be cleaned before adding
the primer solution that you cannot buy.
cheaper and easier to wait in line at Walmart or wherever than reloading
22LR. Better yet reload a decent centerfire like the 22 hornet or something.
 

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Thanks for the responses! My actual train of thought is that it is kind of "gimicky". While I find it interesting from a prepper standpoint, at 60 YO, I doubt I'd be dropping the money for one. I agree, if you're using BP or a substitute, why not just shoot a .32 or .36 muzzleloader, or a .22 hornet.

The ""priming compound" of roll cap's and matches, is what I would consider a field expedient method. I have a hard enough time tying fish line, I don't think I'd be good for scraping/reloading small .22 RF cases, for too long.

I have seen photo's of rimfire cases from the 19th century that had been reloaded and struck numerous times, OR, priming compound wasn't full around on the inside of the case, and took multiple tries to detonate. The photo's were in a Nat Geo magazine a few year's ago when a prairie fire burnt over Little Bighorn Battlefield.

Now, if I had a .32 RF Remington rolling block, and this was geared to that..................
 

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I have wondered about this thing of reloading 22s, the discussion here does clear up some things. Thanks guys for the input, very informative. :biggrin:
 

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I think I would rather reload .25-20 or .32-20, JMHO.
 

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I'll stick with my .223 Single Shot Loaded w/ Trail Boss or FFFG & Cast Boolits.
Components Are Readily Available & Reloading's a Lot Easier Too.
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I'd like to see a reloading setup that would actually allow you to reload your
own 22LR. By that I mean you can either buy new unloaded 22LR brass or
have some process to clean the old brass.
You'd also need a spinner to spin the primer compound under the rim.
Commercial units spin the casing at 10,000 rpms.
22LR would be great if it was doable but it's just so cheap to buy 22LR
that it's not really feasible.
I won't even detail how difficult 22LR powder is to get it to work right.

Here is an article on 22LR very informative.

Throwback Thursday: The Impossible .22 Rimfire - American Rifleman

Four years ago, the notion that .22 rimfire ammo would soon be harder to find than hen's teeth would have been deemed ludicrous. After all, in this "Throwback Thursday" from 2010 in which former NRA Publications Technical Editor Michael Bussard sheds light on the .22 rimfire manufacturing process, he begins his second sentence with, "Their ubiquitous availability...." OK, weak psychic abilities notwithstanding, Bussard details the incredible amount of work it actually takes to produce each little round. It doesn’t enlighten us with new answers to "Where's the Ammo?" but it gives us a better appreciation of the fact that this round exists at all. 9/10/2010
In the subconscious mind of most shooters, the .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle rimfire cartridges form part of the bedrock of shooting sports. Their ubiquitous availability, affordable price, consistent quality and wide product range are taken for granted. Few shooters stop to consider the many difficulties inherent in the design and manufacture of these cartridges.​
If you set out to design a self-contained cartridge that is difficult to make and suffers from numerous design shortcomings, it would be the humble .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle (.22 rimfire).​
Design Shortcomings On a good day, the ignition potential of the .22 rimfire priming system is weak. Because there is no anvil, the lead styphnate rimfire priming compound requires the addition of ground glass as a frictioning agent. Ground glass is not "bore friendly," but without it, .22 rimfire priming will not function. And, to date, no lead-free priming compounds suitable for .22 rimfire have been found.​
Ignition begins on the side of the case where the rim is crushed by the firing pin; there is no flash hole to focus the ignition gasses into the center of the powder charge. Failure to press the priming compound reliably and evenly inside the annular rim cavity can lead to misfires and high variations in muzzle velocity.​
It is important to remember that the .22 Short and Long Rifle cartridges were originally designed for and loaded with easily ignited black powder. However, smokeless propellants have dramatically different ignition requirements and burning characteristics. Propellant makers soon found that the .22 rimfire design was not friendly to early smokeless propellants. They struggled for decades to find suitable smokeless propellants and the search continues to this day.​
Essentially, the .22 rimfire requires unique smokeless propellants with a high energy content that are easily ignited and burn progressively. Limited case capacity dictates a dense powder with a small flake or ball configuration. Propellants with large flakes, sticks or coarse grains cannot be used as they will not drop uniformly through the holes in .22 rimfire plate-loading machines.​
To facilitate ignition, .22 rimfire bullets must be heavily crimped into the case mouth to increase shot-start forces. Of necessity, this deforms the bullet. However, even on a good day, only about half of the propellant in a .22 rimfire cartridge burns completely.​
The weak case head is the Achilles heel of the .22 rimfire cartridge. For this reason, Maximum Average Pressures (MAP) of .22 rimfire ammunition must be kept below 24,000 psi. Rimfire cases must have enough spring-back to assure consistent extraction in blowback-operated semi-automatic guns, yet remain soft enough to prevent splitting. This is a narrow margin that also eliminates steel as a .22 rimfire cartridge case material. Design parameters require all rimfire cartridge cases to be rimmed. Necked rimfire cases require several additional production steps which adds considerably to their cost. Rimfire cartridge cases cannot be reloaded.​
All .22 rimfire bullets tread a fine line between function and accuracy. The bearing surface of .22 rimfire bullets is the same diameter as the outside surface of the cartridge case. This makes lubrication of such bullets difficult as the case-diameter bullets must be lubricated on the outside where it may be wiped off or contaminated. Lubricants for lead, center-fire bullets are unsuitable for rimfire ammunition, and, unfortunately, copper-plating serves no ballistic purpose, does not eliminate the need for lubrication, adds cost and damages the bullets.​
Case-diameter bullets also limit bullet shape, weight, balance and bearing surface. Another significant problem is that .22 rimfire bullets have an undersized, cupped base that the propellant gases must expand reliably and evenly into the rifling grooves for proper sealing and stabilization.​
Headaches of .22 Rimfire Production Centrifugal force is used to push the priming compound into the hollow rim of the cartridge case. This is accomplished by dropping a wet pellet of priming compound into the bottom of the cartridge case, inserting a closely fitting steel pin, then using the pin to spin the case at speeds of approximately 10,000 rpm for a few seconds. This is a tenuous process at best and frequently fails to completely fill the rim with priming compound.​
Preparing the small, wet primer pellet and inserting it in the cartridge case is hazardous hand work—part art and part training. The moisture content of the priming compound must be carefully controlled within narrow limits, otherwise the mixture will not work at all. The ground glass in the priming compound increases wear on the steel spinner pins and excessive smearing of the priming compound up the case sidewalls (a common problem) can adversely affect ignition and interior ballistics.​
Ammunition makers also struggle continuously to find suitable rimfire powders. The ideal .22 rimfire propellant must be competitively priced and compatible with plate-loading systems. It must have a high energy content, ignite easily and burn progressively while leaving a minimum of unburned propellant. Very few propellant powders meet these requirements.​
Due to the weak ignition, powder residue from partially burned and unburned powder are constant problems—just ask any indoor shooting-range operator. The high ballistic performance required by many modern .22 Long Rifle loads places severe interior ballistic requirements on propellants. On the other hand, low MAPs can cause uneven expansion of the lips of the cup on the bullet's base and poor accuracy. In some instances, high MAPs can blow the lips of the cup base completely out.​
In order to obtain the high muzzle velocities advertised for many .22 Long Rifle loads, MAP limits must be pushed to levels that leave little margin for error given the weak case head. Also, the proper case hardness gradient must be maintained to prevent extraction and/or ejection problems in spite of variations in brass strip and tooling.​
Rimfire .22 ammunition makers fight a constant battle with bullet lubrication. It is ironic that such a cheap cartridge requires highly specialized, micro-crystalline, synthetic-base waxes for lubrication and costly systems for application. Often, what works today does not work tomorrow due to minor variations in temperature, humidity, bullet hardness, propellant variations, etc.​
Bullet hardness (antimony content) can be a particularly difficult problem as small variations can result in lead buildup of rifle bores and inaccuracy. Rough handling of .22 rimfire bullets on the factory floor can easily have an adverse effect on accuracy.​
Crimping the .22 L.R. bullet into the case mouth properly remains a constant problem. Too heavy a crimp may push MAPs over the limit, adversely affect accuracy and cause leading. Too light a crimp may result in erratic breech pressures, high variations in muzzle velocity, excess unburned propellant and malfunctions in semi-automatic firearms. As if this were not enough, the driving knives on the crimping operation mangle the bullet.​
Overview of the Impossible We have seen that the inherent characteristics of the .22 LR rimfire cartridge are its own worst enemy and the leading cause of its manufacturing difficulties. However, before we condemn its design, we must remember that the .22 LR rimfire cartridge is a product of the technology and art of the 19th century. With the benefit of today's technology, ammunition makers produce safe, reliable, low cost .22 LR cartridges of average quality in mind-numbing quantities. However, they cannot produce a match load on demand. That is the art.
On the other hand, the .22 L.R. is nothing if not adaptable. Its repertoire includes instruction, training, practice, qualification, informal competition, formal competition, plinking, pest elimination, small game hunting and even personal defense. Few other cartridges are this versatile. And, that is why the .22 L.R. rimfire cartridge remains a bedrock of the shooting sports.

 

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Good article, thanks!
 
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A very enlightening article. I actually never bothered to find out just how a .22 was made, but I, like almost everyone else, had heard that re-loading a .22 was just about impossible...and I just took that for 'truth'; particularly when, until recently, .22 ammo was cheap & abundant. It appears as true today as ever that reloading a .22 is just about impossible for the average person.

Good info...thanks for sharing.
 

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Good product if you have unlimited time.
Otherwise noty worth it.
190 for the kit 70 for the stuff you need gas to get said stuff lead melting equipment.
Time is still the most important and valuable thing involved.
I figure a week to do all of this for the first few times down to 3-4 days after that.
So even factored in at minimum wage not economical at all.
 

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This is why I think this forum is the best on the internet.

When members do searches and combine the information that they find in a post like this!! Really no one member can do all this research this quickly...

As I tell so many NEW MEMBERS when they first post their introduction post..

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