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    22 WRF question???

    I ran across an old Police Positive in 22WRF. Gun is over a 100 years old but in great shape, appears to be all original and price is right (actually price is great!)

    But what the heck is a 22WRF?

    I checked a few ammo sites and a few have CCI product but they state it can’t be used in revolvers (because of jacketed bullets)

    i’m assuming 22 LR rimfire won’t work?

    Can ammo be reasonably found for this gun or is this now just a paperweight?

    Thanks for any advice or info!
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    It's a longer-cased version of the .22LR - not as accurate, but more powerful - and .22LR can't be used.

    Wikipedia has a synopsis - read that.
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    Winchester actually does short runs of it every few years.
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    our local ace hardware carrys it on the shelf. I have a winchester 1890 pump in that caliber. jim
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    I have found ammo enough to shoot mine a few times a year. Think of it like during the Depression, when a boy would be given 5 rounds of .22 and told that was enough to hunt food for the family for that week.

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    The WRF case is the same diameter as the 22 WRM (magnum) but not as long. So, the 22LR would be loose in the chamber. IIRC, the bullet is a 40 or 45 grain. I had a Colt 22 WRF chambered Police Positive Target revolver and it worked quite well with the currently made ammo. Take a look on Gunbroker, there are about two pages of WRF ammo auctions. Happy shooting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smutt View Post
    Winchester actually does short runs of it every few years.
    Coincidentally , Winchester just ran some in the last 30 days .

    Yes , the CCI warning is related to the jacket separating and lodging in the bore . Great for rifles but evidently trouble in revolvers .
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    it Took awhile before I could find a 22 LR police positive target for a good price as it seemed 22 Wrf showed up just as much on auction sights. Has anyone tried the CCI in their colt? And for what it’s worth, the cylinder is too short for a rechamber to 22 MRF.

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    The .22 LR case is .224 in diameter where the .22 WRF is .241 .
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    The .22 WRF is a cool old round but can be a bit pricey these days due to limited availability. I did some hunting with an old Winchester Model 1890 in .22 WRF and it put the smackdown on desert jackrabbits quite well. I bought a few boxes of it back when it could be found for about $5/50 (when you could also get a 100 Mini-Mags in .22 LR for about $3.00) and shot it in the magnum cylinder of my Ruger Single Six. I only shot the lead flatpoint loads, if you can find those they should work just fine in a Colt Police Positive in that caliber.


 
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