Note the .164″ spread! Price: $745, All Velocity Results from 26″ barrel (800) 225-9626 Any help as to reloading hints greatly appreciated. While the .223 flies high, the .222 and .222 Magnum tumble winglessly in near-disuse. I also like your taste in rifles! I inherited my grandfathers Pennsylvania Groundhog gun from my father that just passed. The Hornets are sweet too shoot & very accurate as is the 222. Ponder a few Hornet rifles and handguns: Anschutz Model 1432D Classic and 1730, the questionable Herter’s Model Plinker Rifle, Krico 300, Walther 4120 KKJ-HO, Sako L46, Brno ZBK-110, Ruger 77/22H, Kimber 84, Winchesters (Model 43 on beefed-up Model 69 action, the 54 and the 70), Savage Model 25 plus 40 and 24-F, Ballard 1885, Browning Low Wall and A-Bolt, New England Handi-Rifle, CZs, T/C Contender Carbine and the Cooper Model 21. While the .22 Hornet is not as popular as it used to be, it’s still not difficult to find factory loaded .22 Hornet ammo at gun stores all over the world. Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, State Agency: Bud. Best 100-yard group: .345″ for four shots (reason for four instead of five shots due to capacity of Savage magazine). I think you’ll agree with me that, at first glance anyway, it makes a whole lot more sense to use more modern cartridges like the .223 Remington or the .220 Swift instead of the .22 Hornet for small game and varmint hunting. 2.0-grains Red Dot Puddlefoot wrote, “History is a lie agreed to.” My research of shooting history is never one of lies, but often of vast differences in information. The .22 Hornet was also widely adopted in Europe where it’s known as the 5.6x35mm. Great for chicken hawks too. Hey there everybody! It’s faster than the .22 WMR, but slower than the centerfires. Fortunately, my grandfather had time to reload and shot the deer again. But having solid information on a K-Hornet owned by my friend Colonel Russell Harriger, the facts are in. Bullet was a 50-grain Sierra match handload. (413) 642-4262 Seat bullet. Thanks for your support. Here’s a 3-shot group at 50 yards with the Savage and a Sierra handload. 2,800 fps I also read a magazine article that said the 22 Hornet “was” the “first choice” for coyote hunting, because a 223 causes too much hide-fur damage (if a person is selling hides) but a 223 can be “hand loaded” with “less powder” to about equal a 22 Hornet. So, the biggest advantage the .223 Remington has lies in its higher velocity and flatter trajectory that make it easier to hit targets at longer range. For that reason, shooters during the early days of the Hornet primarily used customized rifles like the bolt-action Springfield Model 1922 or the single shot Martini Cadet. 2,901 fps Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, State Agency: I grew up in Africa Zimbabwe on a large farm 90% of my hunting was done with a brno 22 hornet any thing up to deer sized game fell to its tiny bullet all kneck or head shots. .22 Hornet calibre review. It’s also pleasingly accurate. Like with many older cartridges, the exact origins of the .22 Hornet are a little hazy. My other Hornet rifles (coming up) broaden the horizon of .22 Hornet application. CZ 527 American, Chambered for the .22 Hornet.An overview of the set trigger. After World War II, the .22 Hornet started to decline in popularity for a couple different reasons though. With a maximum effective range of around 200 yards, the cartridge allowed hunters to hit small targets out about as far as was realistically possible for most people with iron sights. Unfortunately, his experience pretty well sums up the two scenarios most likely to play out if you shoot a big game animal with the diminutive cartridge. 13.0-grain Lil’ Gun Cast 55-grain Lyman mold No. A Remington 6 1/2 primer seems to help accuracy too. The Hornet was a ray gun compared to the rimfire I carried. Built with a thin jacket and a polymer tip, it will rapidly expand on impact. Norma offers ammo with 2.9-gram bullet (44.7 grains), RWS touts a 3-gram bullet (46 grains) and Winchester’s standard Hornet factory load did very well in both rifles with its 45-grain bullet in Super-X softpoint. 45 degrees F I am saveing my pennies for a replacement to us here in the states. Since most of those rifles were converted from the rimfire .22 Long Rifle cartridge, they had a .223″ groove diameter (more on this in a minute). However, they will really do a number on a deer, feral hog, or other big game animal (like an impala, springbok, or warthog) if you hit them in the neck or the head. Plenty. If I hadnt seen it with my own eyes I wouldnt believe it .. 20 Nosler. Body shots on deer with this round dont work out well. Considering that Whelen is known for his quote “Only accurate rifles are interesting”, he must have found the .22 Hornet quite fascinating indeed. Great article!! Optimized for high velocity, rapid expansion, and devastating terminal performance, Winchester’s Varmint-X ammo is really bad news for coyotes. First one disappeared / evaporated into thin air. 3,012 fps I've heard the Hornet is hard to get good accuracy. Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, State Agency: However at only .142 sectional density for a 50-grain Spitzer with a “C” of merely .175, these bullets do what they were designed for. The tiny Hornet first saw the light of day as Winchester-loaded ammunition in 1930. My grandparents lived in the “filet mignon” part of the city. Obviously, changing bore diameter of a cartridge already in mass production can present some challenges. The .22 Hornet cartridge evolved out of the black-powder .22 WCF, which originated in 1885 for the Winchester single-shot rifle, and was also chambered in the 1873 Winchester. The Big Game Hunting Blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com.au, and other Amazon stores worldwide. New York Department of Environmental Conservation, State Agency: Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. He got 2,846 fps on his chronograph with his hottest 50-grain bullet K-Hornet load. Newer .22 Hornet rifles (like the Ruger 77/22) have a 1:14 twist rate. 2,720 fps I was surprised to see the sought-after Super Grade Model 70 also in .22 Hornet for $84.85. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, State Agency: The 22 Hornet was born around 1920 and in its day the Hornet was the cats meow. Bullets over 55 grains are not recommended because of the Hornet’s small powder capacity. 10. Ninety percent of the time it is more than adequate. Primers go for about 2.5¢ a shot. Elegant and slender, the Lyman Ideal in .22 Hornet is a “mini-sized” Sharps’ copy. Quite a cartridge. A cartridge that shoots that flat seems like a natural for Field Pistol competition. 17 Rem. Using Hornady’s well regarded 35gr V-Max bullet, this .22 Hornet hunting ammo is great for really wringing all the accuracy possible out of an already exceptionally accurate cartridge. We resided in the “hamburger/hotdog” section. The literature across the board has Captain Grove Wotkyns, G.A. 2,566 fps 100 Springdale Rd. Even my King Kong Hornet load with 50-grain bullet and 13 grains of Lil’ Gun for coyotes, badgers, fox, bobcats and other furbearers (with proper license), up to javelina and even deer, is comparatively cheap. The 34gr dogtowns (I think they're called - the ones from Midway) were super accurate as well but I wanted a heavier bullet for coyotes. Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, State Agency: NOTES: Surprising results with 13-grain Hodgdon Lil’ Gun in 33- to 55-grain bullets: higher velocity than anticipated. It is a great round but only if you place your shots well. Install resizing die off of ram head; Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, State Agency: Exact performance varies depending on barrel length, but for instance, Hornady advertises a muzzle velocity of 3,100 feet per second for their 35gr Varmint Express ammunition and 2,665 feet per second for their 45gr Interlock ammo. Maybe a lot better. 12.5-grain Lil’ Gun 22-250 Rem Ack Imp. Comment: Small-game/plinker load, Winchester 45-grain SP Standard Deviation: 14 fps Nosler offers its fine Custom, with 35-grain bullet (which the Ideal loved). Sam also ran a primer test for the Hornet. The Lyman Ideal in .22 Hornet showed great workmanship and excellent accuracy. Through all of that, the .22 Hornet has refused to die and is still hanging around to this day as a relatively popular varmint cartridge. Center of photo shows (left to right) .22 WMR, .22 Hornet, .223 and .22-250. 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When the cartridge was first designed, scopes were nowhere near as common as they are now, so the vast majority of hunters using the .22 Hornet in those early years were shooting with iron sights. I inherited a supply of galena some time ago, making my bullets very cheap indeed. A Bushnell Banner straight 4X with Circle-X reticule will match the lines of this handsome rifle, perfect for mountain birds and small game. 22 funnel nozzle ideal for installing powder. 223 Rem. There’s Prvi Partizan with a 45-grain Hornet bullet, Sellier and Bellot carrying a 45-grain special Hornet bullet and Hornady ammo with a screaming 35-grain V-Max ready for handy business in the varmint field. Comment: High accuracy, Sierra 53-grain HP Match Bullet At the same time, I’ll be ready for a cottontail supper by slipping out the “hot” load and installing a mild one, especially with a low-V cast bullet. the .22 WMR and the .223 Remington. Bullet Type Primer. than the centerfires. IF it did not have such beautiful wood on it the dang thng would have long since gone down the "gusnhow highway"! Two powders — Hodgdon’s Lil’ Gun for superb balance between velocity, pressure, and good case life (such as 13 grains pushing a 45-grain bullet at 2,878 fps at 31,000 CUP), and Red Dot for cast-bullet plinking, small game and mountain birds — is all you’ll need. This special rifle spawned a companion as the Luna 981 chambered for the “new Winchester .22 C.F. A vast array of projectiles serves the Hornet. A 100-yard cluster with the Model 25 using factory Remington .22 Hornet Comment: Retained velocity at 300 yards and 1,738 fps But I think I’ll hang with the everyday .22 Hornet. For comparison, it’s not uncommon to see 1:9 or even a 1:7 rifling in an AR-15. This time, he shot it in the head and the deer dropped in its tracks. I never heard of the 22 Hornet e as my elderly logger friend from Cana da says. 20 Caliber.204” Diameter. South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, State Agency: Sam’s hands lend scale as he shows a .22 Hornet about to be chambered in the Ideal rifle. These cast lead bullets were loaded just shy of 1,400 fps. Again, thanks. Buy a nice .22 Hornet hunting rifle here. These rifles were intended to assist the downed crew in hunting for food, not for self-defense against enemy troops. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, State Agency: This group measures .345″ Comment: Long-range varmint, Nosler 35-grain Ballistic Tip Lead Free Bullet Speer found that Accurate 1680 powder was by far the best propellent for the .22 Hornet, and all loads were held to a C.O.L. In fact, this would be the ammo I’d recommend using if you insisted on using the .22 Hornet for hunting deer or some other species of big game. Full-length resize case Since they have a slower rifling twist, those older rifles quite often have trouble stabilizing bullets heavier than 45 grains. Alaska Department of Fish & Game, State Agency: Indeed, the .22 Hornet was the third most produced caliber (behind only the .30-06 Springfield and .270 Winchester) in pre-World War II Winchester Model 70s, which should give you an idea how popular the cartridge was with American hunters in the 1930s and early 1940s,. Mississippi Deptartment of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, State Agency: Jim allowed me to tag along on jackrabbit safaris. Target-type bullets also prevail. 2,832 fps One of the reasons why the .22 Hornet first became so popular was because it was so darn effective on small game and varmints like foxes, bobcats, and coyotes at short to moderate range. 222 Rem Mag. Missouri Deptartment of Conservation, State Agency: Elevation: 8,000′, Nosler 35-grain Ballistic Tip Lead Free Bullet 2,701 fps It took me two years of frustration and 2 moa groups untiI I discovered the Hornet handloading secrets. The loads also verify the versatility of the .22 Hornet for small game, varmints, turkeys, javelina, and close-range deer in the hands of an expert hunter/marksman. This list is far from inclusive. I made no attempt to turn the .22 Hornet into anything but the Hornet in deference to recoil too gentle to knock a hibernating anopheles mosquito off of the barrel. The polymer tip helps increase the ballistic coefficient and initiate expansion, even at low impact velocities. This is the case for the new Ruger Model 77/22 chambered for the .22 Hornet. With negligible recoil but substantially greater energy than a.22LR, the Hornet allowed those who wielded it to push the boundaries of its capabilities. Sectional density and ballistic coefficient are anemic in .22-caliber bullets. It’s also possible to improve upon the performance of the .22 Hornet by handloading. 22 Hornet Load Data. Maybe the Hornet is coming back into it’s own. I'm leaning toward li'l gun as pressure is low. There is no doubt Lysle Kilbourn’s invention will better the standard Hornet velocity-wise. of 1.723" and should feed through the magazines of bolt action repeating rifles without a problem. 35-grain Hornady V-Max Called-in wild turkeys vary from the hot tom throwing caution to the wind to that cautious bird lingering at the century mark. PPU's .22 Hornet ammo is ok, just not terribly accurate. One 10-shot, 100-yard group: .836″ with Remington factory ammo (only 10-shot group tested). The Hornet is efficient too, with an anthill of powder producing a mountain of results. The rifle used in this test is a Ruger M77/22hornet which I rebarreled with a Lilja #4, fluted 1-10 twist barrel with 24" finish length. since 1930, with factory rifles coming along about 2 years later. i load my own so my costs are low. Also own 223 & 22-250's. One morning he showed up with a Winchester Model 43 bolt-action .22 Hornet. 11. 17 Caliber.172” Diameter. 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