.22 Hornet, how good of a caliber is it? - Page 2
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Long Guns > .22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion > .22 Hornet, how good of a caliber is it?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-10-2011, 08:52 AM   #11
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: St Louis,Mo
Posts: 2
Default Hornet for hunting

Iv'e owned several Hornets, currently a Ruger. The hornet is a good light caliber for use on white tail deer, Taken 4 with my Ruger and a friend has taken 2 with it. Its my doe harvesting rifle.

__________________
BigJimHunts is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2011, 05:36 AM   #12
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 5
Default

Hi all, I'm new here.

The 22 hornet is absolute magic with Lil'Gun and heavy bullets (I'm talking 55gr to 60gr). I compress the charge with a ram I made before seating (so the powder won't push the bullet out). I don't size at all, instead, I seat the bullet into a paper cup which gets sealed in with a molten wax mixture I use. I'm getting in excess of 2700 fps with indefinite case life. Very accurate too. (I'm sure I'm over the SAAMI pressure spec but what the heck, the gun is designed for a 222!)

__________________
303Guy is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2011, 05:53 AM   #13
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Alaska
Posts: 2,325
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts

Default

I used to have a Hornet, now you guys have got me salivating. Darn you all anyhow.

__________________
freefall is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 03:33 AM   #14
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: St Louis,Mo
Posts: 2
Default took 1 more

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigJimHunts View Post
Iv'e owned several Hornets, currently a Ruger. The hornet is a good light caliber for use on white tail deer, Taken 4 with my Ruger and a friend has taken 2 with it. Its my doe harvesting rifle.
Took 1 more with that Ruger, makes it 5 deer.
__________________
BigJimHunts is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 03:58 AM   #15
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
peters923's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SE NM,NM
Posts: 56
Liked 6 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I have a Ruger M77 in 22 Hornet. Absolutely my favorite prairie dog gun. Smokes coyotes, badgers and hundreds of skunks. When I was a kid my grandad used his old savage 22 hornet to kill mule deer. I don't remember where he placed his shot, probably head shots...but I don't ever remember him shooting more than once.

__________________
peters923 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 08:57 AM   #16
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 5
Default

I finally chronographed my hornet load. 2738fps for a 55gr bullet using Lil'Gun. Not too shabby for such a tiny cartridge.

__________________
303Guy is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2011, 03:19 PM   #17
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
303tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 3,962
Liked 1344 Times on 913 Posts
Likes Given: 1446

Default

As far as .22`s go it is a .22 caliber bullet, but if you are asking how good of a round it is, well it is the smallest of the .22 cal. center fire rounds, that being said it is hotter than the .22 WMR but not as hot as a .222 Rem.

__________________

When all else fails.

303tom is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2011, 01:11 AM   #18
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 413
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Whew! I was googling info on the BRNO company, and found my old posting here. I got around to trying the H4227 powder, as well as H110. The H110 did very well, the H4227 was disappointing. Using 40 grain V-Max bullet gives me the best groups so far. I need to try using the Small Pistol primers next, as I have read on many sites the .22 Hornet does best with the lighter pop. Supposedly, the rifle primer can bump the bullet out a bit before actual powder ignition, according to these guys. Certainly worth a try.
Have bought the same 40 grain V-Max bullets as my initial gunshow loads, so will come as close to duplicating that load as possible.

__________________
Bigdog57 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
What is a good gun Caliber to start out with? XDGirl General Handgun Discussion 20 09-20-2008 01:55 PM
Good self defense caliber? ravenslay3r Semi-Auto Handguns 67 07-05-2008 02:31 AM
N/E Firearms 22 Hornet randy General Rifle Discussion 2 05-16-2008 04:19 AM