.22 Long Rifle

.22 Long Rifle (.22 LR)
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.22 Long Rifle – subsonic hollow point (left), standard velocity (center), hyper-velocity "Stinger" hollow point (right)
TypeRimfire cartridge
Place of originUnited States
Production history
DesignerJ. Stevens Arms & Tool Company
Parent case.22 Long[1]
Case typeRimmed, straight[1]
Bullet diameter0.223 in (5.7 mm) - 0.2255 in (5.73 mm)[1]
Neck diameter.226 in (5.7 mm)[1]
Base diameter.226 in (5.7 mm)[1]
Rim diameter.278 in (7.1 mm)[1]
Rim thickness.043 in (1.1 mm)[1]
Case length.613 in (15.6 mm)[1]
Overall length1.000 in (25.4 mm)[1]
Rifling twist1:16"[1]
Primer typeRimfire[1]
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/typeVelocityEnergy
40 gr. (2.6 g) Solid[2]1,200 ft/s (370 m/s)131 ft⋅lbf (178 J)
38 gr. (2.5 g) Copper-plated HP[2]1,260 ft/s (380 m/s)134 ft⋅lbf (182 J)
32 gr. (2.1 g) Copper-plated HP[2]1,430 ft/s (440 m/s)141 ft⋅lbf (191 J)
31 gr. (2.0 g) Copper-plated RN[3]1,750 ft/s (530 m/s)204 ft⋅lbf (277 J)
30 gr. (1.9 g) Copper-plated HP[3]1,640 ft/s (500 m/s)191 ft⋅lbf (259 J)
Test barrel length: 18.5"
Source(s): [2][3]

The .22 Long Rifle (metric designation: 5.6×15mmR) cartridge is a long-established variety of .22 caliber rimfire ammunition, and in terms of units sold is still by far the most common ammunition in the world today.

The cartridge is often referred to simply as .22 LR and various rifles, pistols, revolvers, submachine guns and even some smoothbore shotguns (No. 1 bore) have been manufactured in this caliber.


American firearms manufacturer J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company introduced the cartridge in 1887[4] by combining the casing of the .22 Long with the 40-grain (2.6 g) bullet of the .22 Extra Long. The round owes its origin to the Flobert BB cap of 1845 through the .22 Smith & Wesson cartridge of 1857. It is one of the few cartridges that are accepted by a large variety of rifles, as well as pistols. The .22 Long Rifle and related cartridges (.22 Short, .22 Long, and .22 Extra Long) use a heeled bullet, which means that the bullet is the same diameter as the case, and has a narrower "heel" portion that fits in the case.

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