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    Quote Originally Posted by lar45 View Post
    I think the BFR was availible in 22 Hornet.
    isn't it funny how one of the biggest pistols out there is chambered for one of the smallest cartridges?

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    Considering a small CF revolver for practical use there are a number of .32 caliber handguns out there that are currently available and some still reasonably priced (given todays gun prices). I have a S&W M30 in .32 S&WL that makes an excellent "kit gun". With loads from target level WCs to a SWC at 950 fps it is quite capable, easy and fun to shoot. My Ruger Single Six (original run) with 6 1/2" barrel sees the most use though. Easy to shoot, extremely accuracy and easy to carry in a belt holster it is my favorite. I've also had several other S&W .32Ls and .32 H&Rs and all are fine guns. I just prefer the smaller framed revolvers in this caliber though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Gibson View Post
    Considering a small CF revolver for practical use there are a number of .32 caliber handguns out there that are currently available and some still reasonably priced (given todays gun prices). I have a S&W M30 in .32 S&WL that makes an excellent "kit gun". With loads from target level WCs to a SWC at 950 fps it is quite capable, easy and fun to shoot. My Ruger Single Six (original run) with 6 1/2" barrel sees the most use though. Easy to shoot, extremely accuracy and easy to carry in a belt holster it is my favorite. I've also had several other S&W .32Ls and .32 H&Rs and all are fine guns. I just prefer the smaller framed revolvers in this caliber though.

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    This is a truly unique cartridge. A centerfire 22 lr. I like it!

    https://www.rccbrass.com/product/22-...e-center-fire/

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    A centerfire version of the 22 LR is not the smallest round and has been invented and re-invented.

    A recent effort down these lines is http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...The-22-ladybug

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    Quote Originally Posted by P Flados View Post
    A centerfire version of the 22 LR is not the smallest round and has been invented and re-invented.

    A recent effort down these lines is http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...The-22-ladybug
    I can't believe nobody mentioned the 17 HMR. Ruger still makes a single six in 17 HMR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megasupermagnum View Post
    I can't believe nobody mentioned the 17 HMR. Ruger still makes a single six in 17 HMR.
    It's not a centerfire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MostlyLeverGuns View Post
    The .22 Velo-Dog was a European production cartridge about like a .22 long; probably the smallest 'common production' centerfire for revolvers(in Europe 1900's). There were the Kolibri's, but the were pretty rare. The .22 Hornet and a few wildcats based on the Hornet and .32's, and the CCM cartridges are the current small centerfires found in revolvers. Taurus chambered the .218 Bee in a huge revolver, .22 Hornet was in single-action Colt clones and custom work on the Colt SA.
    Interesting note:

    Charles Askins converted a Colt Woodsman to fire a .22 CF round based on the Velo Dog. He caused an uproar by using it in National Match as a member of the Border Patrol team, but it was legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swheeler View Post
    It's not a centerfire.
    Stupid me. I meant to put 17 hornet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billairgun View Post
    Are there any .22 or .25 cal centerfire revolvers for target or small game-pest shooting?
    The good old 25-20 Winchester is a centerfire and is still around ... sometimes !
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    Quote Originally Posted by megasupermagnum View Post
    Stupid me. I meant to put 17 hornet.
    Who makes a handgun , besides single shot TC Contender , in 17 Hornet ?
    That would be COOL !
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    The Taurus Raging Hornet. I never looked and saw if there were others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodOlBoy View Post
    There was a round an OLD gunsmith/reloader told me about from back in the day. I want to say it was a 11 remington round, I could be wrong. All I know is it used a special primer no longer made that was about half the size of a small pistol primer. The guy was featured in a handloader magazine, and on a Texas Country Reporter episode because he is one of the few men left alive that can still reload some REALLY odd old rounds....

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    I don't know if the .22 Short Snapper is shorter than the .22 Squirrel.


    Now if we weren't talking centerfire... these still wouldn't be anywhere near the smallest. lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Tecs View Post
    Reloading dies and boolit molds for the Kolibri would be a treat to use. As a sniper rifle for mice in the house it would have a point.
    Yea? Well reloading .25 acp is no small feat either. But if someone made a left hand sniper rifle using that round I'd buy one.

    However the smallest currently available centerfire revolver you can find today would be in .32 S&W Long. Everything else is out of print and you would have to "roll your own." Fat chance finding components.
    Last edited by eb in oregon; 02-11-2021 at 06:12 PM.

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