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22 Long Rifle Ammo Uses & History
In terms of units sold and fired, .22 Long Rifle ammunition is the most popular firearm cartridge in the world. Introduced in 1887, the .22 LR is a classic that is useful for small game and varmint hunting, target shooting, and many other purposes. Self-defense is a notable exception; while .22 LR ammo is certainly deadly, it lacks the power and penetration necessary to stop a threat immediately and consistently. The 22 LR’s low felt recoil, cheap cost, and low muzzle report make it a great choice for high volume recreational use and new shooter training.