.22 PPC

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.22 PPC
Type Rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Louis Palmisano and Ferris Pindell
Designed 1974
Parent case .220 Russian
Bullet diameter .224 in (5.7 mm)
Neck diameter .246 in (6.2 mm)
Shoulder diameter .431 in (10.9 mm)
Base diameter .440 in (11.2 mm)
Rim diameter .441 in (11.2 mm)
Case length 1.515 in (38.5 mm)
Overall length 2.100 in (53.3 mm)
Rifling twist 1-14"
Primer type Small Rifle

Historical Notes:

The 22 PPC was developed in 1974 by Dr. Louis Palmisano and Ferris Pindell, primarily as a benchrest cartridge, although originally a wildcat, Sako of Finland introduced commercial rifles and ammunition late in 1987. Norma followed suit in 1993 with loaded ammunition, the cartridge is based on the 220 Russian case which is a necked-down version of the 7.62x39mm Soviet military cartridge. The Wichita Engineering and Supply Co. made the first rifles for both the 22 and 6mm PPC cartridges. Many custom rifles have been turned out in this caliber; in 1993 Ruger announced their No. 1 V and M77 varmint rifles in this caliber.

General Comments

The originators altered the 220 Russian case by giving it a 10-degree body taper and 30-degree shoulder angle, as well as expanding the neck to accept the standard .224- inch diameter bullet used in the U.S. The cartridge cases are made in Finland by Sako or in Sweden by Norma and use Small Rifle primers, although the 22 PPC is a short rather stubby case only 1.51 inches long, it nevertheless develops ballistics superior to some larger, longer cartridges such as the 222 and 223 Remington. The 52-grain bullet can be pushed out of the muzzle at over 3500 fps, and this definitely places the 22 PPC in the varmint and small game class. A 1 in 14-inch twist has become pretty much standard for these rifles although 1 in 12-inch twist will sometimes be found.

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