View Full Version : .22 rimfire not going to be manufactured anymore?

January 19, 2013, 04:33 PM
bough a new .45 sig today at the shop and was talking to the owner. He said he's heard that at least the major manufacturers will stop making .22 rimfire ammo due to the low profit they generate. Anyone heard this one yet??

January 19, 2013, 04:39 PM
why would they not just increase the price? Its selling out at the old price.

Ben Towe
January 19, 2013, 04:41 PM
Sounds like gun shop fear mongering...

January 19, 2013, 04:59 PM
Gun shop stupidity, trying to create even more demand for the product, so you snap up everything in sight.

If the margin is low, they increase the price.

January 19, 2013, 05:03 PM
How hard and expensive would it be to make you own 22 bullets?

Anyone make their own? There isnt a lot of stuff to one and I wouldnt think the manufacturing process would be difficult.

But maybe expensive to set up? IDK.

Evan Thomas
January 19, 2013, 05:10 PM
Gun shop owners seem to be spreading a lot of rumors (http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513214) these days.

According to Guns and Ammo (http://www.gunsandammo.com/2012/03/01/why-is-22lr-the-most-popular-caliber-in-2012/), .22LR is by far the most popular caliber out there.

It would be a bit like the Coca-Cola company deciding to stop making its most famous product...

January 19, 2013, 05:26 PM
I'm guessing he just had a surplus of .22 to get rid of

January 19, 2013, 05:35 PM
I hear you all, just wondered if anyone heard anything. I really don't think I've heard of people reloading rimfire. Is it possible to buy brass with rimfire primers?

January 19, 2013, 05:37 PM
I don't think you can reload 22 rimfire but I believe it's possible to handload it.
IIRC the Russian Olympians used to handload they're own .22lr ammo.

January 19, 2013, 05:41 PM
How hard and expensive would it be to make you own 22 bullets?

Anyone make their own? There isnt a lot of stuff to one and I wouldnt think the manufacturing process would be difficult.

But maybe expensive to set up? IDK.
Drawing your own cases requires specialized equipment.

Making your own priming compound is not the safest task...

Priming the cases requires specialized equipment (for any respectable quantities).

The rest is fairly easy-
Add an appropriate amount of powder.
Seat and crimp your swaged/cast bullet.

If it were easy or inexpensive, it would be just as popular as handloading for centerfires.

January 19, 2013, 05:53 PM
There isnt a lot of stuff to one and I wouldnt think the manufacturing process would be difficult.

Well, here's an article which explains it, a little -

Impossible 22 rimfire (http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/Impossible-22-rimfire/)

And here's a video, based on CCI's production facility, showing the manufacturing process.

Manufacuring 22 rimfire ammunition (http://www.everydaynodaysoff.com/2012/07/01/manufacturing-22-lr-ammunition/)

Looks fairly difficult to me...

Dr. Strangelove
January 19, 2013, 05:56 PM
That's just silly. The only way I see that even coming close to happening is some if crazy $5.00 per round tax or whatever passes, then I can see folks not buying .22LR anymore.

January 19, 2013, 06:00 PM
Oh for the love of god !!

Old Grump
January 19, 2013, 06:49 PM
Black powder cartridge going back to 1847 is still the most popular and most shot caliber anywhere and some clown says it's going to be discontinued and now you are concerned? Are you out of your mind? Why would anybody with an IQ over 70 even entertain that bit of organic waste material. Next thing you know the world will end because the Mayan Calendar ran out of days......Good Golly Jasper I can't believe some of the stupid things that people take seriously.

January 19, 2013, 07:15 PM
Well they quit making Mayans didn't they?

January 19, 2013, 07:33 PM
Isn't Mayan Rudolf still on Saturday Night Live? :)

January 19, 2013, 07:40 PM
.22LR has been and will continue to be the most popular round out there. There has been more .22 ammo sold to the public than any other ammo IIRC. Most all gun owners I know first learned to shoot with the venerable .22. I own several rifles and handguns chambered for .22LR and .22WMR for that matter. I don't think .22LR at least will be going away anytime soon. :rolleyes:

January 19, 2013, 10:27 PM
Well, you live long enough, you hear all types of idiocy off the net.

January 19, 2013, 11:16 PM
As for the cost of .22 LR I HAD to pick some up the other day and there were no bulk packs anywhere that I could find and hasn't been for a couple months now.
And I bought that store out of Blazzer long rifles with a brick and a half! :(
I payed $1.99 for a 50 count and was trying to remember what we paid for a similar 50 count box back in the 60's?
I am thinking .40 cents but cannot remember.

And the machines in that video looked like they may have been punching out cases back then also.
When watching the priming steps in the video I knew the cases were spun to get the compound into the rim, but I thought it was in a more fluid form.

January 20, 2013, 01:44 AM
Gullible isn't in the dictionary. Enough said.

Old Grump
January 20, 2013, 08:41 AM
Well they quit making Mayans didn't they?

They would be very surprised to hear that.



By the way they did not believe the end of the world was coming and they wonder about us.

January 20, 2013, 08:46 AM
If you say gullible very fast with the right accent, it rhymes with orange.

Mike Irwin
January 20, 2013, 08:58 AM
OK, this thread started off as a silly conspiracy theory, and it got into sillier after that.