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Rimfire ammunition is a type of cartridge used in firearms where the firing pin strikes the base's rim (bottom) to ignite the primer. Unlike centerfire ammunition, which has a primer located in the center of the base, rimfire ammunition has the primer distributed around the rim. Rimfire cartridges are typically used in small-caliber firearms and are popular for recreational shooting, training, and plinking. Here are some key features of rimfire ammunition:
Small Calibers: Rimfire ammunition is commonly available in small calibers, typically ranging from .22 Long Rifle (LR) to .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR). These calibers are well-suited for target shooting, small game hunting, and informal shooting activities.
.22 Long Rifle (LR): The .22 LR cartridge is the most widely used rimfire ammunition and one of the most popular cartridges in the world. It is commonly used for target shooting, hunting small game, and introductory firearms training due to its low recoil and affordability.
Limited Reloadability: Rimfire cartridges are not reloadable by the average shooter, unlike centerfire cartridges. Once fired, the priming compound in the rim is expended, making rimfire cases generally single-use.
Low Recoil: Rimfire ammunition typically generates low recoil, making it suitable for beginners and shooters who prefer less recoil impulse.
Plinking and Target Shooting: Rimfire ammunition is often used for recreational shooting, such as plinking (casual target shooting) and target practice due to its lower cost compared to centerfire ammunition.
Limited Power: Rimfire cartridges are generally less powerful than centerfire cartridges, limiting their effective range and stopping power. They are best suited for short-range shooting applications.
Small Firearms: Rimfire ammunition is primarily used in small firearms, such as .22 caliber rifles, semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, and some handguns designed for concealed carry.
Due to its relatively low power, rimfire ammunition is not commonly used for defensive purposes or in larger firearms intended for self-defense. Instead, it is preferred for recreational shooting, training, and small game hunting. Always check the specific caliber and type of ammunition recommended for your firearm by referring to the firearm's owner's manual or consulting with a qualified gunsmith.