Originally Posted by rcol317
I'm very curious as to what the appeal is to the 22 Hornet. 30 years ago it was a slow little dog and today nothing has changed but it seems to keep attracting shooters. The 221 fireball looks to out perform it in virtually every way but it doesn't seem to have a following like the little hornet. Please clue me in to what I'm missing?
There are lots of reasons to own/shoot a 22 Hornet in my opinion.
Also as in most cartridges there are cartridges that will out perform them . so you look for a cartridge
that best fits the game and your needs.
It also is used in actions not designed for high pressure cartridges (Lots of older actions are/were
designed for a max pressure of 45,000 to 47,000 psi and not suitable for modern cartridges that may
reach 67,000 Psi.
The 22 Hornet is plenty powerful for varmints, fun to shoot, cheep to load, very accurate.
Every cartridge has its following, some more than others. The fact that it is still around says lots
The only down side to the hornets is that there cases are fragile when loading.
Look at the ballistics and the cost of reloading compared to the 22 rimfire cartridges and you will see the advantage.
I have a 1885 Winchester low wall built in 1886 that was in 30 cal short that I re-barreled to the
22 Hornet and it is one of my favorites.
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