View Full Version : Need help, shells fit tight in 22LR Cylinder

June 17, 2010, 05:35 PM
I have a Virginian 22 single action revolver and the 22 shells fit tight in the cylinder holes. I have try'd using steel wool with a drill and it helped some, but they are still too tight. The bullets will drop in most of the way, but you have to push them down, the last 1/8 - 1/4 inch with a little force. Then if you fire a few, seems like it gets stickier when it warms up.

Any recommendations?

June 17, 2010, 06:48 PM
Most likely crud built up i the chambers,

A bore brush and bore cleaner should get it out.

June 17, 2010, 06:59 PM
Might possibly be a carbon ring from firing shorts. A bronze brush in a drill and bore cleaner should remove it if that's what it is.

June 17, 2010, 07:10 PM
It's the wax lube left behind from the 22 caliber bullet, they have a wax coating on them.

I just run a 22 cal. brass brush through the chambers to clean them out.

James K
June 17, 2010, 08:55 PM
If cleaning doesn't help, the chambers might really be too tight. Ask a gunsmith how much it would cost to run a .22 LR reamer into the chambers.


June 19, 2010, 11:27 PM
Should work to make sure cyl bore clean.


If this doesn't get it Might need a smith to ream to correct size. Since you can push them in the cyl - can't be too much.

June 20, 2010, 08:26 AM
You can also clean off the excess wax from your shells before loading them. That way the excess wax won't build up in the chambers.

June 20, 2010, 09:48 AM
If you are using Rem. Golden Bullets , that's probably your culprit . Those things are nasty !

June 23, 2010, 01:58 AM
Some guns have their chambers cut for a press fit. There may be nothing wrong at all. I have an old Iver Johnson Sealed 8 that was simply designed that way.

June 23, 2010, 02:37 AM
I would definately try a few different types of cartridges before doing anything that can't be reversed.