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Old September 22, 2022, 03:27 AM   #1
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Snap caps for 22 short

I have a 22 rifle that shoots only shorts. Are there 22 short snap caps or will 22 lr caps work? I have not been able to find 22 short snap caps.
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Old September 22, 2022, 07:49 PM   #2
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Nah, .22LR will fit just fine !! If they don't fit in all the way, just gently tap them in with a mallet !
Just kidding. Don't do that. 22lr won't fit in the smaller .22short chamber .
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Old September 22, 2022, 09:09 PM   #3
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I don't know of any.

I have / have had a few projects where they would have been helpful, including a current one.

If you have a good machinist friend, they could probably trim some of the .22 LR dummies. (I'm thinking of A-Zoom aluminum, specifically, here.)
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Old September 22, 2022, 10:53 PM   #4
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What do you need the snap cap for? Dry firing, testing extraction/ ejection?

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Old September 23, 2022, 04:31 AM   #5
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I have read dry firing a 22 is bad. That is why.
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Old September 23, 2022, 05:42 AM   #6
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Small plastic drywall anchors or a spent case.
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Old September 23, 2022, 09:41 AM   #7
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Not trying to be argumentative, just curious. Why would you want to dry fire a .22 rifle?
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Old September 23, 2022, 10:30 AM   #8
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If you just want to dry-fire, and this is not for function testing, just use drywall anchors or cut down some .22 LR dummies.
Or use fired hulls and change them out when the rims have taken too much abuse.

No matter what you use, the lifespan will be short. It always is with rimfire dummies.
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Old September 23, 2022, 04:26 PM   #9
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Not trying to be argumentative, just curious. Why would you want to dry fire a .22 rifle?
Dry firing practice is important for marksman skills.

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Old September 23, 2022, 06:41 PM   #10
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I use No. 6 drywall screw anchors, $5/100 last purchase, yellow so they stick out. I use them in my Ciener conversion units, they do not have the last shot/hold open feature, so they let me know when I have emptied the magazine and keep the firing pin from hitting the chamber wall.
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Old September 23, 2022, 06:57 PM   #11
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Dry firing practice is important for marksman skills.

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Shooting live ammo will do a lot more for you than dry firing.
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Old September 23, 2022, 07:26 PM   #12
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Shooting live ammo will do a lot more for you than dry firing.
That's debatable. Dry firing doesn't distract the shooter from attention to trigger control and sight picture.

At least live ammo costs more.

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Old September 24, 2022, 03:20 AM   #13
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The dry firing I am doing is just to take pressure off the firing pin after shooting. Not actually continuously. The rifle is cocked after last shot.
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That's debatable. Dry firing doesn't distract the shooter from attention to trigger control and sight picture.

At least live ammo costs more.

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If live firing a .22 short distracts you from sight picture and trigger control maybe you need another hobby. Just sayin.
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Old September 24, 2022, 08:26 AM   #15
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Or you could just leave the last fired case in the chamber until the next time you shoot. Since this is also a seldom thing, just rotate a fired case so the FP strikes on the rim in a new spot and pull the trigger. But in reality leaving the bolt cocked for long periods won’t hurt a thing. I inherited my dads .22 that he purchased in 1947 and it still works great so far without relieving the spring on the FP in between uses.
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Old October 10, 2022, 11:40 AM   #16
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Try using the "yellow" wall anchors, the rim is the same as .22LR, the length can be shorted to fit the chamber as needed.

And they are CHEAP!
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Old October 10, 2022, 02:21 PM   #17
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There is no need to "uncock" a gun.
Keeping springs compressed within their design parameters won't hurt them.
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Old October 11, 2022, 11:40 AM   #18
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There is no need to "uncock" a gun.
Guns made in the past 100years or so, I'd say yes. Guns made before that, might not be such a good idea. People back then were taught and generally believed it was a bad idea to store guns cocked.

My Grandfather was particularly adamant about that, and about how his shotgun never needed to be "snapped" (dry fired). His Ithaca double has a 3rd position on the safety, and in that position, pulling and holding both triggers with the action open, then closing the action leaves the hammers down.

The reason dry firing a rimfire is a bad idea, isn't because of spring tension, or the occasional snap when you put the gun away for storage, its because many older designs will allow the firing pin to strike the barrel if there is no cartridge /snap cap in place. Snapped when finished, even when done over a lifetime usually doesn't harm anything

Thousands (tens of thousands??) of dry fire snaps done as marksmanship training, can damage a rimfire gun. Can even damage some centerfire guns, though for a slightly different reason. ALL guns were not made to take that.

Some ARE. I have a Ruger manual that specifically states that dry firing will not harm the gun.

If in doubt, contact the maker. If the gun is no longer made, don't snap it,
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Old October 12, 2022, 12:31 AM   #19
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Something else no one seems to think about- dry firing damages your firing pin, too.
While drywall anchors may keep the firing pin from hitting the breech, they do almost nothing to protect the firing pin. The pin simply pierces them.

If you think the firing pin is not a problem, then why do they make centerfire snap caps?
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Old October 13, 2022, 12:44 PM   #20
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You can find .22 short snap-caps on Ebay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234672072...Bk9SR7qBjaf6YA
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