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Old 07-14-2010, 08:01 AM   #1
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Hello Experts,
does anybody know which gun powder is used for the .22 Hornet from Winchester type X22H2 ? That are realy tiny round bullets not just short cut sticks or flakes (please see the picture attached).
You would help me a lot because I want to reload the .22 Hornet and tried already many different gun powders, projectiles, cases and primers.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:50 AM   #2
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Many times (perhaps most of the time) the powders used in factory ammo is not available as a canister powder (to us reloaders). Trying to guess can lead to disaster. Just go by the loading book you use and find a load that is accurate in your gun.



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First for some stupid reason that is a 46gr bullet that is not sold for reloading so I am going to assume that the powder is going to be the same thing. You can use Win 296 IF you are shooting a 30 gr bullet. For a 45gr load I would go with Hodgdon Lil'Gun or H110 they are going to give you the best velocity in a 45gr bullet.

With alliant Powder I would go with 2400 or their new 300mp.

Also check out Ramshot powder and VitaVouri powders.

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I've had good results with IMR4227 and 2400 with both 45 and 30 gr. bullets. Play it safe; pressure rises fast in these small cases. good luck!

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I tried about every powder combo I could think of for the hornet and finally settled on AA1680. I was ready to pull my hair out looking for an accurate load till I tried AA1680. That rifle instantly went from a 1.25" shooter to a .400-.490" shooter. That don't mean it'll do the same for yours, just that you should try it.

The Hornet is VERY picky on loads. Not only will 1/10 of a grain make a big difference, but also propellants make a huge difference-even among similar burn rates.

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Many times (perhaps most of the time) the powders used in factory ammo is not available as a canister powder (to us reloaders). Trying to guess can lead to disaster. Just go by the loading book you use and find a load that is accurate in your gun.
what a shame but thanks anyway, I almost expected that so I have to go to available components here in Australia.
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First for some stupid reason that is a 46gr bullet that is not sold for reloading so I am going to assume that the powder is going to be the same thing. You can use Win 296 IF you are shooting a 30 gr bullet. For a 45gr load I would go with Hodgdon Lil'Gun or H110 they are going to give you the best velocity in a 45gr bullet.

With alliant Powder I would go with 2400 or their new 300mp.

Also check out Ramshot powder and VitaVouri powders.
Thanks a lot, Alliant Powders and the WIN296 are available here
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I've had good results with IMR4227 and 2400 with both 45 and 30 gr. bullets. Play it safe; pressure rises fast in these small cases. good luck!
Thanks a lot but unfortunatelly the IMR4227 is not available in Western Australia
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I tried about every powder combo I could think of for the hornet and finally settled on AA1680. I was ready to pull my hair out looking for an accurate load till I tried AA1680. That rifle instantly went from a 1.25" shooter to a .400-.490" shooter. That don't mean it'll do the same for yours, just that you should try it.

The Hornet is VERY picky on loads. Not only will 1/10 of a grain make a big difference, but also propellants make a huge difference-even among similar burn rates.
Thanks a lot but Acurate Powder is not available in Western Australia,
the factory ammo is very good (below 0.5" on 100 meters) but I find it too expensive.
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I am a True Believer in Hodgdon's Lil Gun! Works very well in my .357Magnum and my .22 Hornet rifle.
I have just a few loads left from a vendor at our gunshow some years back - shoots like the proverbial laser! It's taken me awhile to figure out all the components he used - .45 grain V-max Molycoated in a Winchester case, I finally decided he used the then-new Lil Gun powder. Not sure on his primer choice yet - I am using Win SR - need to switch to SP to fine tune it. I am close..... so close...... ("Missed it by <that> much!" - Maxwell Smart)

His load has given me an honest 3/8" group at 100 yards in my BRNO ZBK110. I am down to a 5/8" group.



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