.22 Winchester Centerfire

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.22 Winchester Centerfire
TypeRifle
Place of originUnited States
Production history
Produced1885 to 1936
Specifications
Case typeRimmed, bottleneck[1]
Bullet diameter.228 in (5.8 mm)
Neck diameter.241 in (6.1 mm)
Shoulder diameter.278 in (7.1 mm)
Base diameter.295 in (7.5 mm)
Rim diameter.342 in (8.7 mm)
Case length1.39 in (35 mm)
Overall length1.61 in (41 mm)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
45 gr (3 g) 1,550 ft/s (470 m/s) 240 ft⋅lbf (330 J)

.22 Winchester Centerfire (.22 WCF) is a small centerfire cartridge introduced in 1885 for use in the Winchester Model 1885 single-shot rifle. Factory manufacture of ammunition was discontinued in 1936. The .22 WCF was loaded with a 45 grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of about 1550 feet per second, similar to the performance of the .22 Winchester Rimfire (.22 WRF) designed in 1890.[2][3][4][5]

Experimentation with the .22 WCF among civilian wildcatters and the U.S. military at Springfield Armory in the 1920s led to the development of the .22 Hornet cartridge.[6]

Sources[edit]

  • Barnes, Frank C., Cartridges of the World, Northfield, IL: DBI Books, 1972. ISBN 0-695-80326-3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Traister, John E., Antique Guns-The Collector's Guide, Stoeger Publishing Company 2nd Ed. 1994, p. 285, ISBN 0-88317-175-9
  2. ^ Hawks, Chuck. "The .22 Centerfire Varmint Cartridges". chuckhawks.com. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Centerfire Rifle". winchester.com. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Latitude andLongitude". satsig.net. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  5. ^ ".22 Winchester Centerfire (.22 WCF) Reloading Data". loaddata.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  6. ^ Barnes, Frank C., Cartridges of the World, DBI Books 8th ed. 1997, p. 16. ISBN 0-87349-178-5.