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Dry firing a rimfire is generally not a good idea as the firing pin might slam against the chamber wall causing damage to the pin and possibly peening the outer chamber as well.

Expensive snap caps are usually the answer.

Well, if you didn’t know, yellow drywall anchors are about the exact same size as a .22 round and cost only pennies each.  They even extract in semi autos.

BTW, I doubt they work for loading up a mag and running drills...if one wanted to do such a thing.

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Thanks for the tip, I’d never heard that about the drywall anchors so I’ve always just made sure to not dry fire any of my rimfire rifles. 

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Good post Garufa.

I picked up a .22 LCR from a member here and use these dry wall anchors for dry fire practice. They fit perfectly.

They wear out quickly but are inexpensive enough it simply doesn't matter. I haven't tried them in a semi-auto. Might give it a try.

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4 hours ago, gregintenn said:

Empty 22 hulls will also do the trick.

Empty what?  :lol:

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17 hours ago, jpx2rk said:

empty 22RF cases, aka have already been fired (empty)

He knows what I meant.

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You mean someone on this board was being difficult, hard to get along with or sarcastic????

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Actually, the practice of not dry firing a 22 is the traditional thing to do but from a modern design point of view, not all ways true. For instance, The Ruger 10/22 design will handle moderate amounts of dry firing along with the Ruger MK series of pistols. The firing pin designs of today have rather large strike bottom out features that ensure the firing pin tip does not exceed the majority of the rim head space when fully extended. The problem in a modern design comes from crystalizing the firing pin with "excessive" dry firings and in some cases, dimpling the chamber face could happen with over use of dry firing a rim fire gun.  Even some designs that may be like a new-ish Marlin 39 should not be dry fired simply because its in fact an old design and those pins are not robustly designed in the first place.  So if you want to be non technical, Don't dry fire RF guns..... but some designs can handle moderate amounts just fine.  

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