Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:43 PM
My best friend had this dilemma happen the other day and I just want to know how many of you have had done this. He has two rifles. One chambered in 17hmr and the other in 22wmr. Both rifles are identical with the same scopes and all. I told him when he purchased them that he should at least put a different scope on one or the other but he wanted them to be twins. Here's the problem. We were out target shooting. He had both rifles on his tailgate with their ammo next to them. He grabbed one rifle and a box of ammo. Without looking at the ammo, he accidentally loaded 17hmr rounds into the magazine of the 22wmr then loaded the magazine of this rifle and loaded a round into the chamber. When he pulled the trigger, all you hear is a pop/hiss with a bunch of smoke come out of the barrel. He pulled the bolt back and ejected a spent round, chambered another and fired again. Same noise and smoke. I told him to hold on check the bullets. We were both shocked to see that 17hmr rounds were in the magazine.I know the 17hmr is a necked down 22wmr but had no idea it would chamber into a 22wmr and even get struck by the firing pin. Anyone experimented with this before?By the way, the 22wmr round will not chamber into a 17hmr but the bolt almost closes (1/16" maybe) on it and I assume would close if you pushed a little harder.