A .22 short is smaller than the .22 long rifle. In fact there is the .22 short, .22 long, and .22 long rifle. The older rifles used to be setup for all 3 but newer ones seem to primarily be set up for .22 long rifle. A .22 short fired through a rifle sounds just a little louder than a pellet gun.Um...what's the difference? Size? Why use one over the other?
I have an older Mossberg 346KC .22 bolt action, that shoots shorts, longs and LRs (stamped ".22 S-L-LR" right on the barrel). About 30 years ago I used to shoot whatever was cheaper, but I now only shoot the .22LR through it. .22 shorts are not as commonplace as they used to be, and they are not necessarily cheaper than .22LR.It should also be noted that many rifles marked ".22 Short, Long and LR" will not shoot Short rounds with the same degree of accuracy as they will an LR. This is due to the .22 Short round using a 27–29 grain bullet, which is intended for rifles with a 1-20 to 1-24 twist. A rifle for "Short, Long and LR" will normally have a 1-16 twist, which is proper for use with .22 LR rounds using 40 grain bullets. If one is intending to shoot only Shorts, and wants a high degree of accuracy, they would be best served with a rifle chambered for the Short only.
I agree. The sound difference is mostly a powder issue. If you need to use the LR, sub-sonic loads are an option. I'm just cheap and 22shorts are cheaper where I buy.I got 3 Remington 581S which shoot both short and LR.... i hunt squirrel and rabbit (Bush tails be ware come Nov :-D) with them and use Sub Sonic Eley ammunition get head shot all day at 100yrds and puff they are down plus they are as loud as the .22 short
.... I'm just cheap and 22shorts are cheaper where I buy.