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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2017, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I shot some new Winchester 22 bullets in a Ruger Single Six pistol. The cases split on some of them. Is it the pistol or just thin casings?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-02-2017, 01:52 PM
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Not trying to be a dofuss here
Do you have a magnum cylinder in the gun?
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One easy way to find out..go to your ammo stash (or hit up friends) and try a number of other rounds and see if the same problem persists.
I had a similar problem with some new .44 mag Winchester white box rounds when I first got my CVA .44 mag rifle. The rounds seemed to be hot loads..ruptured of flattened primers. After calling WW, I sent remaining rounds back and they gave me a purchase certificate for slightly more than what I paid for the originals.

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Kid_couteau, there is no such thing as a dumb question. I think you may have solved the problem. I recently bought the pistol and was told it was a 22. I guess they didn't lie. Today was the first time I shot it. The cylinder isn't marked. I recently took the cylinder out and a 22 bullet is pretty loose in it. I guess my next question is: If I buy a 22lr cylinder for it, will I have to have it fitted, or will it go right in?
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May or may not fit, Ruger will tell you it needs to be fitted by them. And just because another cylinder will 'drop in' and the pin goes through doesnt mean it has the correct single action clearances, all relatively simple checks. You may get lucky, some have. Another thought is that some Ruger SS's came from the factory as 22Mag only and it wasnt a lot of them; you might have a less common one even if not actually rare.
BTW, my old Super SS shoots better with the maggie cyl. and more beans in my cartridges for a walkabout or even self defense does make sense. Our local Walmart has 22 Mag reasonably priced.

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One more thing to consider is if you bought it used it's possible someone may have reamed out a .22LR cylinder to .22 magnum.

Are the cases that didn't split bulged more than normal?
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Thats true, and if so hopefully reamed rather than just drilled out! Had a guy try to sell me a big bore once that that been 45 Colt'ed with a drill, not a pretty job at all.....

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I have experienced this same issue with Winchester 555 bulk and Super X. This happens with three different pistols my Ruger 22/45 LITE, my S&W 2214, and my daughters Ruger SR22. Winchester Super X used to be my go to ammo back in the 80's when shooting on a 22lr pistol league. I have not contacted Winchester with this information though as others have been only offered replacement ammo. I will not trust their ammunition in my 22 pistols and I will NOT shoot it from my target rifle. Yes I have pictures of the brass and the lot numbers from each type.

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winchester is possibly the worst ammo I have ever shot through my .22s
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winchester is possibly the worst ammo I have ever shot through my .22s
I've got some boxes of Winchester bulk 333's and almost every box has anywhere from 5-10 duds in it.
They just won't pop. Seems to be a lack of priming compound in the shells; there's powder, tho.

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