Actually, if there were a centerfire equivalent to a .22 long rifle, it would be the culmination of a trend, unless you wanted to be picky an say it would have to be equivalent to a .22 short. Metallic cartridges started out as rimfire, of which there were larger calibers available for a long time. Probably the .44 Henry was the best known. There were other metallic cartridge systems as well, including one that had no primer, but they all failed to be popular for very long after central fire became available.
I have frequently read mention of how unreliable rimfire ammunition is but that was never my experience.
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