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.22 concrete nail fastening blanks?

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I was going throug some stuff yesterday while we were cleaning out a building and i found something odd.



they were concrete nail blanks for a hand held single shot nail gun. I found all kinds of them but here is a picture of the most common four in the box.





My main question is this, are they safe for any old .22 rifle or pistol to fire them, cause if not i wil not shot one out of my 10/22 again. I already tested one of the shorter ones in my 10/22 and it seem like it fired all right, my real question is could i fire the longer ones that i have lodded up in this mag with out damaging my gun over time.



Would like some input on this, cause if they are ok to fire i will start using them in my pistol to scare off birds or that pesky raccon that finds his way in to my dumpster again.

Sorry for the bad pics my camera was on the fritz today.

Good Shooting.

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The old versions of these were pretty dangerous if you didn't watch what you were doing. The color codes are for different powers. The operator had an additional variable of how far the nail was seated down the barrel, there was a depth gizmo for this.
I was on a job when a guy was putting wooden nailers on top of I beams for a commercial deck. He was standing on a ladder and pulling down on the nail gun. He put the nail through the 2x and one side of the I beam and into his thigh and out his calf. Didn't see him back on the job.
 

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why would you even think you could do this safely?...

I wouldn't put these through any of my guns, as the power they produce is for driving hardened steel anchors into concrete ect, and could easily cause a bodily injury if not used properly in the tool they are designed for.
 

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IMHO (guessing) they could be used to make noise. If you feel like you have to add a wad to make sufficient noise, be very careful. Firing a projectile of any sort should not be attempted.
 

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Give them to someone that knows what to do with them. They are not toys and you can do damage to your rifle or yourself easily. Advice is free, what you decide to do with it is up to you.
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Give them to someone that knows what to do with them. They are not toys and you can do damage to your rifle or yourself easily. Advice is free, what you decide to do with it is up to you.
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I agree with him^^^. To add,I'm in construction since 1979 and have plenty of experience with the Remmy nail guns. I would not even consider putting one of those into any of my firearms.
 

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Thanks for all the input guys i was just wondering since they were .22 rimfire so i figured it couldnt be that dang powerfull, but i guess not. Ive never usesd one we always drilled holes with a concrete bit in a rotohammer and then hammered the fasteners in takes alot more time but is much safer and holds much better.

I found one of the instruction books about a hour ago while cleaning out the rest of the building, so i started reading i wish i hade found this a little soner. But i have found a box of the lighter loads and did a preasure test with one of the junk .22 rifles i have laying around and it seems to be doing fine.

Either way i was only going to use it to scare of critters around the house.

Thanks again.

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I think I remember reading a disclaimer once in a gun manufacturers manual. It went something like this. Only use ammo that was designed and built for use in your firearm. These blanks don't fall in that catagory. I believe it came from a Ruger Manual. dozier
 

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I think I remember reading a disclaimer once in a gun manufacturers manual. It went something like this. Only use ammo that was designed and built for use in your firearm. These blanks don't fall in that catagory. I believe it came from a Ruger Manual. dozier
Ya they say that about a lot of things just like it isnt safe to fire 5.56 out of a .223 camber and its not safe to fire .357 in a .38spl chamber but all the same people will do it any ways. I started picking through the ones that are the lighter loaded short rounds and have bhen picking out the good ones that are safe the rest are getting tosed.

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did a preasure test with one of the junk .22 rifles i have laying around and it seems to be doing fine.
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So far so good. Stick the rifle in an old tire and pull the trigger with a string from behind a tree.
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Ya they say that about a lot of things just like it isnt safe to fire 5.56 out of a .223 camber and its not safe to fire .357 in a .38spl chamber but all the same people will do it any ways.
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It really (REALLY) isn't safe to fire a .357 in a .38 special chamber. RNGR3
 

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So far so good. Stick the rifle in an old tire and pull the trigger with a string from behind a tree.

It really (REALLY) isn't safe to fire a .357 in a .38 special chamber. RNGR3
Ya i know it isnt safe to fire a .357 in a .38spl, but you try and tell my grandpa that and he wont listen.

You hit the nail right on the head, execept i was using sand bags insted of a tire and that i was on the other side of the truck.

I found one box that will be safe to fire its about 50 rounds and i will use it to scare off the wood peckers that keep killing my trees.

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In theory there's no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.
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Factory .357 magnum shouldn't fit in a .38 Special. Most American manufactured wont.
.38 Special max overall cartridge length is 1.55"
.357 case length is 1.29"
So you could (not should) seat the bullet in a .357 deep enough to fit a .38.
I have a vague recollection of obscure revolvers (RG?) that had long enough cylinders in a .38 to accommodate some .357 Magnum ammo.
 

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.357 casings were intentially cut .135 longer than the.38 special to prevent the .357 magnum cartridge from being chambered in the older .38 special revolvers. It was not intended to increase capacity.
 
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