Origin and date of 22 rimfire shot shells


#1

Can anyone tell me about origin and date of the .22 rimfire shot shell in the US? Where .22 rimfire shot shells in common use prior to 1900? Thanks


#2

The earliest listing by the United States Cartridge Company that I can find is 1910. I don’t know about any other company.


#3

The earliest I have found is a “22 Long Rim Fire” listed by E. Remington & Sons in 1887. There is also a “22 calibre long” (chilled shot, extended case) offered by AMC in January 1889. It is followed by a “22/50 Long” (dust shot, .22 Short case with extended wood sabot, Hartley & Hobbs 1889 patent) offered by UMC in June 1890.