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What is the difference between a real gun and an air guns resistance qualities to pressure?

Just out of interest i would like to know why it is beleived that a 22. air rifle can not with stand the pressures of firing a real .22 bullet (assuming the bullet was fired using an improvised internal hammer or something

Asked By: - 2/11/2012
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Air rifle barrels are not made of the same material as real gun barrels.
Answered By: Dances With Mops 2 - Mop Bucket Boogaloo - 2/11/2012
 
The .22 rifle barrel is made of much tougher steel than the .22 air rifle... More
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Answered By: Anakin - 2/11/2012
 
Actually a fair number of high quality air rifles CAN stand up to something like a 22 short which has an operating pressure of 21,000 psi or 24,000 psi for a 22 long rifle cartridge... More
Answered By: akluis - 2/11/2012
 
CUP and PSI, are NOT the same measure... More
Answered By: C_F_45 - 2/11/2012
 
A .22 lr cartridge develops 24,000 PSI. It will impart in excess of 120 ft lbs of energy to a 40 gr bullet and kick it along at 1200+ fps. Your .22 pellet rifle won't get 1/10 of that energy.
Answered By: Mr.357 - 2/11/2012
 
do can, some can't depends on airgun. I know my chinese made B3-1 can, it's the same steel as rifle barrels. it even has a 5.45 bore. typically airgun pressures are below 2000 psi. typically .22LR works at 19,000 psi.
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Answered By: jack of some trades - 2/14/2012
 
well you state 120ft lb fro .22 rifles but the daystate wolverine air rifle shoots at 100ft lb and i know of some air rifles that shoot at over 300 ft lb
Answered By: peter - 2/1/2014
 
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