is pistol ammo ok in rifle?

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  • 1 month ago

    Some.   Some rifles are made to fire pistol ammo.  You see it more often in lever action rifles.    You do not get much boost in power.   

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  • Mr.357
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, as long as the rifle and pistol are the same caliber.

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  • Jim W
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    1 month ago

    Sometimes it can be used but  I doubt that most humans will  ever want to use a  .50  MG round in any hand gun.  A  .22 LR in a handgun is quite common.  To be specific it depends on the  caliber of each.  If  it is a cartridge designed for a rifle the handgun must be designed ti use the same round. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Use what is stamped on the barrel.

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  • 1 month ago

    They are both types of firearms, and any firearm can be built to chamber any specific cartridge.   Technically, the only difference between a pistol and a rifle is that the rifle has a buttstock.   A pistol converted to a rifle (by adding a buttstock) is a short barreled rifle (SBR). According to the NFA Act, any rifle with a barrel shorter than 16" is a SBR.

    Characterizing ammunition as "Pistol" (or "handgun") ammo is a legal term that allows the law to restrict the minimum age for purchasing some ammo (handgun ammo) to 21 years old.   Ammo characterized as handgun ammo is generally any ammo that is used predominantly in handguns, but there is no restriction.  These days you will find plenty of examples of rifles (usually either with ~16-18" barrels or shorter NFA SBRs) made to shoot handgun ammo.  For example you find will several semi-auto carbines (~16-18" barrels) and SBRs that shoot 9mm Luger cartridges, and there are many lever action models that shoot .38 special/.357 magnum or .44 special/.44 magnum.

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  • Robin
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    ammo made for a pistol can be used in a carbine but not always the other way around. I have some hot Kynoch  44 magnum carbine ammo and the box says not to use it in a revolver

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  • 1 month ago

    Usually no,,but some pistols are chambered for rifle ammo.

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  • 1 month ago

    a pistol is a gun a rifle is a gun. ammo is designed to be used in guns. so yes pistol ammo can work in rifles.

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  • david
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Every rifle is chambered to accept a particular caliber of ammo.  Some rifles are chambered in pistol calibers.  An example is a Henry lever action rifle chambered in 44 magnum.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If you have a pistol caliber carbine or other rifle, pistol ammo will work fine, that's what they are intended to use. With hand loading you can improve performance quite a bit though, but the whole point behind them was to have a handgun and a rifle but only have to carry one type of ammo.

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