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.22 Hornet, how good of a caliber is it?


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Old 11-10-2011, 07:52 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:36 AM   #12
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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!)
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I used to have a Hornet, now you guys have got me salivating. Darn you all anyhow.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:33 AM   #14
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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.
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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.
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I finally chronographed my hornet load. 2738fps for a 55gr bullet using Lil'Gun. Not too shabby for such a tiny cartridge.
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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.
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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.
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