Using the Right Cartridge

Can you safely fire .22 Short and .22 Long cartridges in a revolver chambered for the .22 Long Rifle?
--R.Y.

Field & Stream Online Editors

** Q:** Can you safely fire .22 Short and .22 Long cartridges in a revolver chambered for the .22 Long Rifle?--R.Y.

** A: ** Yes. In fact you can safely fire .22 Short and Long cartridges in any firearm chambered for the .22 Long Rifle, though Shorts may not cycle through some actions. Longs work in most guns chambered for the Long Rifle, except some autoloaders, because the Long doesn't generate enough backthrust to open the action.

**Q: **I recently bought a box of 165-grain Hornady SST bullets. I have three canisters of powder: IMR4064, Winchester 748 and Reloder 15. Can you give me your recommendations on the amount to use of each powder? I will be hunting whitetail at long ranges in Vermont, and will also use it for black bear.--R.S.

A:No, I can't recommend a powder charge, since you neglected to tell me the cartridge you're handloading. My advice is to buy a Hornady handloading manual and look up the information.