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May 17, 2000, 01:16 PM
I have a Winchester Model 250. On the barrel it says ".22 short, .22 long, .22lr" Is the chamber different from .22 lr only chambers? Can I safely fire .22 stingers or .22 mags in this rifle? I heard from a gun dealer if you fire shorts in a long rifle gun that you will ruin the headspace. Will that happen with this rifle if I use other than what is shown on the barrel?

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May 17, 2000, 09:56 PM
here you go ned


George Stringer
May 17, 2000, 10:17 PM
Ned, you can fire what is listed on the barrel. A 22 mag should not fit in your chamber, much less work through the action. The .22 rimfire headspace on the case's rim. The only problem that may occur in shooting shorts is a buildup inside the chamber. If you keep it clean you'll have no problems. George

May 20, 2000, 03:16 AM
I concur with George. *If* you are constantly switching between shorts, longs, and long rifles and you've shot more than just a *few* rounds of either the shorts or the longs *I'd* pay particular attention to clean the `chamber' before going back to shooting long rifles. While you may never experience any extraction problems with the long rifles *I* have found that unless one does carefully clean the chamber after shooting the shorter ammo *some* rifles *will* occasionally exhibit extraction problems with long rifles after shooting a lot of the shorter ammo. Generally these are newer rifles with tighter chambers or older ones that have never been properly cleaned in the first place and may also have weak or worn extractors. (Like an old Winchester Model 1905 single shot I inherited a while back. The previous owner never really bothered to clean it, generally only shot shorts, and the extractor is pretty well worn. Unless I keep it scrupulously clean I have problems extracting longs after firing a box or so of shorts. I've also noticed it with my daughter's "Davey Cricket" .22 after a couple boxes of shorts followed by some long rifles. Though, in her case, it doesn't happen all that much because I've drummed it into her head that she *has* to keep it clean and to do it after every shooting session.)

Doleo ergo sum,

[This message has been edited by Halfpint (edited May 20, 2000).]