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Old 07-16-2007, 12:43 PM
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Remington "Rockets"/ Peters "Thunderbolts



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"Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, there was a frangible .22 Short cartridge featuring a 15-grain bullet at 1,710 fps. It was marketed as the Remington Rocket and the Peters Thunderbolt, and they were sold in a flat, Chicklet gum-type box holding 28 cartridges. The frangible bullet was made from powdered iron and wax and was stamped out using commercial pill making equipment. Today, we would probably use tin or copper, rather than iron, because I understand the Rocket and Thunderbolt did accelerate barrel wear."

Is there anyone here that remembers these?? In the mid 50's when times were tight and we needed some "Cheap" fodder for plinkin' or just shootin' ratz 'n squrlz..we'd spring for a box of the aforementioned... If memory serves me, they ran about 25 cents/box. They'd do a job on tree rats (head shots) up to about 50 Ft. I never realized until reading this article that they were indeed " frangible" (Powdered Iron & Wax) bullets....!! probably similar to "gallery shot" Amazingly it took 50 yrs. to learn that.. Who'da' Thunk it...??

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Old 07-16-2007, 02:00 PM
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I still have an unopened box of the Rockets and they were really a pretty hot loading. I shot some of them out of a Beretta .22 Minx about 40 years ago and the crack was really loud. I didn't find them any too accurate so I went back to regular .22 ammo. You sure brought back some memories though. Rich P
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Old 07-16-2007, 03:31 PM
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Saw some at a gunshow this weekend. Guy had a couple of packages, and wanted $25 a piece for them. I collect ammo boxes, but decided to pass on them.
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I collect ammo boxes. 25 bucks is about as far as I will go also.
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I have a few of them.
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:15 AM
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[QUOTE=IHMSA80x80;1493420]I have a few of them.
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YEP ISHMA80x80... Those are the ones..

It's been darn near 50 years since I've seen 'em..! Thanks for the post. Great pics!

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Old 07-18-2007, 08:48 AM
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I have quite a few rimfire boxes in my collection, but those are some of my favorites.
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wow, thats pretty cool..

wonder if something like that can be done today in a stinger case to get some really high velocitys. 1,700 fps from a short leads me to belive you could get over 2,000fps easily on a stinger.

would be fun to plink with..
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:41 PM
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wow, thats pretty cool..

wonder if something like that can be done today in a stinger case to get some really high velocitys. 1,700 fps from a short leads me to believe you could get over 2,000fps easily on a stinger.

would be fun to plink with..
Accuracy was the big factor with these rounds. Although they did really 'scream' for a 22 short , the 15 grain bullet left a lot to be desired in the accuracy dept. As I recall, 50 ft. was about their limit, not to mention what the powdered iron bullets did to the bore. Sure am glad i didn't know about this at the time..youthfull ignorance is bliss... The main reason we used them was the price....definitely not a "budget-buster" for a 13 yr. old. I can recall having hours of fun shooting pigeons in a grain elevator or sniping rats in the corn crib and/or the dump. My best shooting buddy's dad hat a 75 acre corn field that he'd plant several row's of canteloupe and watermelon next to the wood line. They'd always bush hog the the over-ripe/rotten Mellon's later in the season, and that's where th fun began. During the day pigeons and dove would wreak havoc there feeding on the seeds, then at night the 'possums
would have their way with Mellon remnants. Spent many an evening there ..!
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Old 07-18-2007, 06:40 PM
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ahh. I didn't think about what it'd do to the bore.

I just thought, frangible+ fast+ can of coke= fun

but at 2,000fps it has as much energy as a 40 grain at 1227, but theres still the frangible part.
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