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Here are 2 questions...and the answers may help solve this problem and may help avoid damage.
Q: Does someone make duds for dry fire practice in 22LR? Can you make a suitable "last round dud to use as a buffer in the tube? Either of these dry fire shells can save firing pins and chamber mouths from damage.

You might look here: Load it so it is the last round to be chambered.
https://www.amazon.com/Zoom-Action-Proving-Dummy-Rounds/dp/B000AU1TK0
 

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Don't those Zooms say "Not Dry Fire Snap Caps" or something similar?
I just read the description on Amazon and while they are not snap caps, they are used for training purposes...shooters training, so I would think they are ok for at least occasionally dry firing.

But what we are looking for here is something that will provide a margin of safety for the rifle on the last shot when a rifle does not have a last shot hold open feature. I have an M60 Marlin 22 and it does have a hold open, but my Savage bolt gun of course does not. I usually use 5 rounds per group so my 5 rd mags would be one down at the start but my 10 rd mags would be able to use 5+1 and help me to not fire on an empty chamber. I see some shiny areas already and I have not fired the rifle all that much so...yes dry firing can hurt the cone at the chamber mouth as well as the firing pin.

I was told by a friend who knows a lot more about rimfire guns than I do, and he said some 22 rifles have a different type firing pin set up and it can be dry fired. Depends on the model.
 

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On another forum I was reading a similar topic on dry firing the Marlin 60. One guy said it states nothing about dry firing his Model 60 in the owners manual,so he contacted Marlin through email and ask them the question is it ok to dry fire? He said he received no email answer from Marlin.

As mentioned Ruger 10/22 says it's fine to dry fire as in practicing and it states that in their owners manual, I've read it before. I recently bought March 2, 2018 a new CZ 512 .22 WMR Standard model # 2161, in the owners manual on the CZ 512 it states, Do not pointlessly dry fire (without cartridges) the firearm so as to avoid damage to the edges of the cartridge chamber and decreasing service life of the firing pin.

The CZ 512 does not have the last round hold open feature either. You would think that manufactures that do not have the last round hold open feature would design that firing pin more so like Ruger has done their 10/22, but apparently not.

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I always go by the first advice I got concerning dry firing a rimfire...Don't. Not knowing which rifles are ok and which are not I just assume my rimfire could be damaged.
 
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