S&W model 51

Tiger89Tiger89 Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
edited September 2007 in General Discussion
Can I safely shoot 22 short, long and long rifle in a S&W model 51 with a 22 WMR cylinder?


  • Colt SuperColt Super Member Posts: 31,007
    edited November -1
    No. The WMR bullet and cartridge are larger than the S,L,LR.

  • bigdaddyjuniorbigdaddyjunior Member Posts: 11,233
    edited November -1
    No you can't shoot anything in it but the 22 mag unless you have a 22lr cylinder that a good gunsmith has aligned and timed for that gun. The distance from the end of the bullet to the start of the barrel would leave room in the cylinder for the bullet to get expanding and turning so that when it hit the barrel it would spray lead and or copper every which away and back at you too.
  • rongrong Member Posts: 8,459
    edited November -1
    I don't know what a mod 51 is
    but for many years we shot 22lr out of
    a 22 mag cylinder in a ruger single six
    without incident
  • duckhunterduckhunter Member Posts: 7,615 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    You maybe able to shoot the LR but you could also split the case and get a face full of powder. Your call. [xx(][xx(][xx(]
  • rongrong Member Posts: 8,459
    edited November -1
    Heck I got a face full of powder
    shooting #2s out of a 12 ga 1100
  • schintzieschintzie Member Posts: 129 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    No. The .22 WMR has a larger diameter case than the .22 short, Long or long rifle. The only other round safe to shoot in a .22 WMR cylinder is the .22 WRF, which has the same diameter case, is slightly shorter and slightly less powerful, more difficult to find, but is no cheaper to shoot.
  • tobefreetobefree Member Posts: 7,401
    edited November -1
    Time to think here! If it was safe why would they offer guns with both cylinder in a set...
    Off the top of my head here but they are something like .004ths different in size...or just enough to explode instead of propel. Yea you might get by with a thousand times or you might need a new face and hand on the first attempt!!!
    Personally, Id say don't freaking do it!!!! But if you do can I have the left over parts!!! The gun not you!!!
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