rim·​fire | \ ˈrim-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce rimfire (audio) \

Definition of rimfire

of a cartridge
: having the priming distributed in the rim of the shell

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Other Words from rimfire

rimfire noun

Examples of rimfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As befits a company dedicated to performance, the new polymer coating was specially developed to handle the friction and heat associated with the velocities of rimfire ammunition. Field & Stream, "A Better Approach," 2 Oct. 2020 Any precision shooter on a budget should take a hard look at this scope, which one tester suggested would make an excellent addition to a rimfire rifle competing in National Rifle League .22 matches. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 13 Best New Precision Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 The low recoil and limited report of the rimfire round are a good way to ease youths and newbies into the world of shooting. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Single-Shot Rifles and Shotguns for Any Budget," 14 Aug. 2020 The receiver is also grooved for standard rimfire tip-off scope mounts. Chris Christian, Outdoor Life, "The 12 Best Budget Guns for Coyote Hunting," 20 Nov. 2019 Does it make sense to purchase rimfire firearm in this environment? Outdoor Life, "The 10 Best Rimfire Rifles," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rimfire

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rimfire was in 1866

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“Rimfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rimfire. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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