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Old 11-06-2012, 06:20 AM   #1
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Why has the .22 Hornet lost popularity to the point that it's becoming obsolete? I've used the round before, and it's an absolute joy to shoot since it is very accurate, and has very little recoil. I'd love to find a good bolt action chambered in it, but they seem to go for a lot more than I could afford any time soon (unless I saved ALL my spare money just for it for quite a while).

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1) costs to much to buy ammo
2) ammo costs to much to make
3) the guns themselves cost to much to build
4) the 223 is basically the same, just a little more superior

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1) costs to much to buy ammo
2) ammo costs to much to make
3) the guns themselves cost to much to build
4) the 223 is basically the same, just a little more superior
1) http://www.luckygunner.com/22-hornet-45-gr-sp-sellier-bellot-20-rounds

2) I agree with that.

3) What makes the gun more expensive to build?

4) .223 is definitely superior, but it's supposed to be. IIRC, the .22 Hornet was designed to fill the gap between .22 WMR, and .223 Remington.
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1) http://www.luckygunner.com/22-hornet-45-gr-sp-sellier-bellot-20-rounds

2) I agree with that.

3) What makes the gun more expensive to build?

4) .223 is definitely superior, but it's supposed to be. IIRC, the .22 Hornet was designed to fill the gap between .22 WMR, and .223 Remington.
The cheapesst box of 22 hornet iv ever seen in a store was $25. The reason its so expensive is cost to manufacture drives the cost to buy up. One reason it costs so much is the fact rimmed cartridges in a bolt action are alot more work do to the fact you have to make the bolt face so much bigger to take the rim. Its alot closer to the 223 than 22 mag. So if its just a tad bit less, why not just get the better one?
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The cheapesst box of 22 hornet iv ever seen in a store was $25. The reason its so expensive is cost to manufacture drives the cost to buy up. One reason it costs so much is the fact rimmed cartridges in a bolt action are alot more work do to the fact you have to make the bolt face so much bigger to take the rim. Its alot closer to the 223 than 22 mag. So if its just a tad bit less, why not just get the better one?
The problem around here is that you can't really find it in stores.

Thanks for the info on the bolt.

I like .223 (and do plan on having several), but I still want a .22 Hornet just because I really like that round. I guess it's just a personal preference.
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The problem around here is that you can't really find it in stores.

Thanks for the info on the bolt.

I like .223 (and do plan on having several), but I still want a .22 Hornet just because I really like that round. I guess it's just a personal preference.
Ya the ammo around here is rare in a store for it as well. For a long time bass pro only carried cor lokts for like $30/20. Now academy sells same remmy's for $25/20 and hornadies BT $30/20
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Iv built 2 hornets and they are a good caliber no doubt but all id use it for my 22 mag suits my purposes better. Hornet does to much damage on small game like squirrels. Works awesome on waskaly wabbits though

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The Hornet is alive and well. It is especially well suited to a single shot because of the rim. If you don't like the cost of ammo, learn to reload.
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The Hornet is alive and well. It is especially well suited to a single shot because of the rim. If you don't like the cost of ammo, learn to reload.
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I do reload.....just prefer my WMR one of the rifles I built is a rolling block single shot hornet I kept.
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Then you are in good shape Marlinman. The OP should take note.
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