Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Rimfire and Airguns


Reply

5mm rimfire

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-22-2009, 01:55 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: NORTHEAST PA.
Posts: 224
5mm rimfire

i don't understand why the rifle manufacturers (hopefully savage with hornady making the ammo) start reintroducing the 5mm rimfire. interest in that caliber really picked up a few months back with centurion making the ammo. with the success of the "new" .17, and all the odd ball centerfires introduced almost on a weekly basis, why would it be such a gamble?

i would think with today's manufacturing processes, and doing some research on how the 5mm rimfire performed in the past, i would think that if reintroduced it would blow away the 22 mag and 17hmr and probably would become be the #1 choice for hunting, and possibly target as well.

it's characteristics are between the .17 and .22 mag, so it would pick up on the 17's shortcomings (dealing with wind and being a bit of a light bullet), and the .22 mags shortcomings (being not as flat shooting as the .17). so you'ld essentially have a flat shooter with the bullet weight that would be the best of both worlds.

now i never shot one of the 5mm remingtons, or personally know of someone that has one i could "test", however i think it would be an accurate all around use shouldered cartridge.

i know if savage came out with a bolt for it and hornady came out with the ammo tomorrow, i would be on the list instantly for it to be under the christmas tree.
__________________
...that's what i like about toe tags; one size fits all...
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-22-2009, 04:51 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 82
Re: 5mm rimfire

Quote:
Originally Posted by top predator View Post
i don't understand why the rifle manufacturers (hopefully savage with hornady making the ammo) start reintroducing the 5mm rimfire. interest in that caliber really picked up a few months back with centurion making the ammo. with the success of the "new" .17, and all the odd ball centerfires introduced almost on a weekly basis, why would it be such a gamble?

i would think with today's manufacturing processes, and doing some research on how the 5mm rimfire performed in the past, i would think that if reintroduced it would blow away the 22 mag and 17hmr and probably would become be the #1 choice for hunting, and possibly target as well.

it's characteristics are between the .17 and .22 mag, so it would pick up on the 17's shortcomings (dealing with wind and being a bit of a light bullet), and the .22 mags shortcomings (being not as flat shooting as the .17). so you'ld essentially have a flat shooter with the bullet weight that would be the best of both worlds.

now i never shot one of the 5mm remingtons, or personally know of someone that has one i could "test", however i think it would be an accurate all around use shouldered cartridge.

i know if savage came out with a bolt for it and hornady came out with the ammo tomorrow, i would be on the list instantly for it to be under the christmas tree.
Honestly for most people it's just about as cheap to step up to centerfire.223 rem is about as cheap to shoot as the premium 17hmr or 22mag.

My friend used to have a 5mm when we were teenagers.I could not tell the difference in performance between 5mm and the 22mag I had.

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-28-2009, 05:13 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 29
Re: 5mm rimfire

Years ago I had a Remington 591. To be honest with you my .22WMR was more accurate. I never really warmed up to the round, or the rifle all that much. It's comeback is a boon to owners of the old Remingtons, but hasn't seemed to catch on as some folks had hoped. I own .22WMRs, .17HMRs and a .223. The 5mm is a bullet trying to find a niche that doesn't exist. That doesn't mean it won't survive, but it hasn't been burning up the range in my neck of the woods.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-11-2010, 07:40 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 150
Re: 5mm rimfire

I also dont really get the 5mm mag ammo it is a little faster than .22WMR and either the same wieght or 5-20 Gr lighter.

I wont compare to the .17 rimfires cuz ive never shot one

I recently replaced the rings on my Savage 93 .22WMR so i had to resight the rifle wich i did with a $20 bushnell bore sighter to get a general placement then i did fine tuning at 50yds i use fiocchi 40gr JSP ammo @1910fps and when i moved to 100yds i was shooting about 1" high so with my 1/4 moa scope 2 clicks up i was basically dead on im not sure if its the gun the ammo or me but i shoot 1/2" high or low or dead on( i think its me) because its the same with any ammo i try, I also shoot an 8" plate at 200-250 yds depending on where it was put that day, and the CCI vmax 30 gr ammo @2200fps is only 2 1/2 " group at 250 and 2" at 200yds thats sighted at 100yds with an 15 " drop .

I think the WMR has an unfair reputation for not shooting with a flat trajectory scince ive never shot a .17 i cant compare the two but that drop at that distance seems very reasonable to me with the High velocity ammo, now the slow 1910 fiocchi groups about 4" at 250 i still have no trouble hitting the center of the target out at range even with a 20"drop.

Ive also shot 45 gr winchester dynapoint 50 gr CCI gamepoint and every other brand and velocity i can find and the group is between 2" @200yds and 6" at 200yds usually about 3-4"with fiocchi ammo i use @1910 fps , all other 45-50gr bullets are about 1500-1750fps with a group of roughly 4-6" at 200yds

So basically what im trying to say is for a smaller bullet and half again more expensive the 5mm mag doesnt seem to offer anything that i cant get in the .22WMR given the choices of wieght,bullet type and velocity out there. and i cant imagine that scince i only see one brand making it availability would be all that great either.

Last edited by Savageman69; 05-19-2010 at 06:15 PM. Reason: said drop not group
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: 5mm rimfire
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
5mm rimfire huntokanogan Rimfire and Airguns 3 04-29-2011 03:46 PM
Rimfire Scope dpilot83 Long Range Scopes and Other Optics 2 12-12-2010 03:12 PM
Rimfire bug bit! Rupe Rimfire and Airguns 3 04-12-2008 09:27 PM
rem. 597 .17 rimfire 11bono Guns For Sale 0 03-05-2007 07:03 PM
17 cal rimfire stephen Equipment Discussions 1 12-12-2003 01:48 PM

Current Poll
How Many Different Cartridges Do You Reload For?
ZERO, all factory ammo - 8.06%
360 Votes
1 - 2.77%
124 Votes
2 or 3 - 14.59%
652 Votes
4 or 5 - 20.41%
912 Votes
6 or 7 - 14.86%
664 Votes
8 or 9 - 8.64%
386 Votes
10 or more - 30.68%
1,371 Vote
Total Votes: 4,469
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC