Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Department of Rumors: 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum cartridges

This teaser from The Firearm Blog hints that Aguila is at least making noises about again offering for sale the old 5mm Remington cartridge.

It will be splendid news if Aguila follows through on this. The 5mm RRM is a brilliantly conceived little cartridge. It was ahead of its time and did not catch on in a big way. Only two rifle types were offered to shoot it and eventually the supply of ammo dried up.

These days, though, the market is ready and willing to accept rimfire cartridges that are not .22 caliber.This one is a little bigger than a .17 and a little smaller than a .22, and has distinctly zippy velocity numbers.

I had a chance to buy a mint condition 5mm rifle, some years back, and passed it up because I had no idea where to find ammunition for the thing. I'm now wondering if I made a mistake.  Of course, a listing in a foreign ammo catalog is not a sure guarantee that you will actually be able to buy the cartridges. It's wait-and-see time for fans of the little cartridge.

Photo: The Firearm Blog

Here is the product on Aguila's web site.  Scroll down to find the 5mm Remmie and the statement "Coming in 2016."

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