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how heavy of a bullet will shoot good?

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Unread 07-31-2008, 08:02 AM
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how heavy of a bullet will shoot good?

22 hornet 12" barrel (contender) 1:12 twist
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    Unread 07-31-2008, 09:15 PM
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    You might get a 50gr V-max to shoot well from that but more likely the 35gr will work realy good any of the 25-40gr pills should shoot out of that gun , you just need to find what that gun likes
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    Unread 08-01-2008, 09:44 AM
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    I'd say no heavier than a 50. Hornets aren't speed racers so rpm will be down a bit. I think the first response is spot on.

    Good luck.

    One more thing.

    If your loading, be mindful of pressure. OLD hornets were actually done on rimfire barrel dimensions. Meaning they used the same diameter bullet as a 22lr. (.223")

    New production (modern late model stuff) uses the centerfire barrels intended for .224" bullets.

    If it applies, you can still use the bigger bullets in the tighter barrel (in fact, this was a trick "back in the day" when building one of these to get it to shoot better) but just be mindful that pressures are going to go up slightly for a given powder charge.

    Just be careful and use good judgment.


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    Unread 08-02-2008, 08:17 AM
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    reason I was asking is I have 600 55 grain hornady bullets
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    Unread 08-03-2008, 02:00 AM
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    Originally Posted by b00mer View Post
    reason I was asking is I have 600 55 grain hornady bullets

    My hornet (1-12) like 35-45 the best. I have run a few 55 fmj (because I have alot of them around) through it and my groups naturally tend to be twice the size of the others. However the fox squirrels didnt like the head impacts all that well.
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