Origin of rimfire
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It is also made for rifled small-arms especially for rim-fire rifles.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
"What we call a rim-fire saddle," laughed Searles, who joined the conversation.John Ermine of the Yellowstone
You say, Mr. Hale, the prisoner told you the night you spent at his home that this rifle was rim-fire?The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
John Fox, Jr.
In rim-fire cartridges the .22-calibre conical-ball cartridge is used in considerable quantity.
The chief faults of the rim-fire cartridges are danger and unreliability caused by the action of heat on the lubricant.
- (of a cartridge) having the primer in the rim of the base
- (of a firearm) adapted for such cartridges
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