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Old February 7, 2013, 01:10 AM   #1
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Firing an Airgun Pellet from a Centerfire Rifle

Some may regard this as going backwards, but interesting none the less. Loading down centrefires with airgun pellets to airgun velocities. Shows .17, .20, .22, .25 and .357's loaded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LURS89_O1JU

This has been a known practice, but I've never seen it covered over such a range of calibers with chrony'd results..
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Old February 7, 2013, 03:28 AM   #2
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Cool video. Looks like the .357 could have benefited from a lighter pellet.

I wonder, is there a drill/step drill that cuts a shotgun primer pocket all at once?
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Old February 7, 2013, 10:33 AM   #3
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I drill the primer hole itself slightly larger and shoot 22 pellets with CCI #41 primers with my 223 contender. Never tried on in a rifle but should work fine.
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Old February 7, 2013, 11:20 AM   #4
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Some folks have shot BB's from .17 Rem primed cases. Works fine.
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Old February 7, 2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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That guy could have been talking about nail polish, and I still would have enjoyed listening to him talk. It was very relaxing listening to that dude.
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Old February 7, 2013, 02:47 PM   #6
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In the early 1960s I would put a 22 cal pellet in front of a 22 rimfire crimped blank in a 22LR chamber.
This performed like a good pellet gun.
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Old February 14, 2013, 05:32 PM   #7
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I dont think you are likely to get a lighter pellet in .357, some of them big bore airguns launch "pellets" more akin to bullets at near supersonic speeds.
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Old February 14, 2013, 06:20 PM   #8
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Onewing you are correct. My Quakenbush rifles will launch them at high velocity. I am going to cast some of my 405 grain hollow base bullets that I use in my .45-70 and test them out next time I go to my folks place, and take them out of the safe. Neither are quiet either.
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Old February 14, 2013, 08:34 PM   #9
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Really cool video. Thanks for sharing.
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Old February 14, 2013, 08:57 PM   #10
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Some folks have shot BB's from .17 Rem primed cases. Works fine.
I don't think I like the idea of shooting a steel BB with varying diameter of .171 to .173 out of a barrel designed for a .172 copper jacket projectile. I know BBs are zinc or copper plated but it's just not something I would do to a gun designed for accuracy out to 500 yards.

17 Remington has a .172 bore groove diameter and a BB gun is .177 standard and .175 precision.

Just because it can be done doesn't make it a good idea.

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Old February 17, 2013, 09:28 AM   #11
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I had to giggle when reading the title post. We did this when I was a kid. We would take a 22 cal rifle, and shove a 22 pellet in the barrel down close to the end of the riflings, then load a 22 cal blank. We used the small Acorn blanks, and the 22 cal starter pistol blanks. Shot pretty good! lol!
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Old February 21, 2013, 09:36 PM   #12
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The second part to the video was just posted, "Hunting with Airgun Pellets from a Centerfire", pretty effective! nailing pest birds with the .25/06.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsl5VrStDUg
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Old February 22, 2013, 08:03 AM   #13
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OEF Vet, read the following which has info on shooting BB's out of rifle barrels:

http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...mer-study.html
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Old February 22, 2013, 08:41 PM   #14
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Re: Firing an Airgun Pellet from a Centerfire Rifle

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OEF Vet, read the following which has info on shooting BB's out of rifle barrels:

http://riflemansjournal.blogspot.com...mer-study.html
The article says Bob Jensen used a specially built Winchester model 70 test rig that fired BBs to measure the velocity produced by different primers. That is a whole lot different than grabbing your precision 17 Rem out of the safe and forcing steel BBs with a diameter tolerance larger than the rifling bore diameter of the barrel through it.

If you're ok with that great. As I said before I don't like the idea and I wouldn't do it to one of my rifles.
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