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Old 04-15-2014, 07:42 AM
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What's with the 22 Hornet?

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?
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:24 AM
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Re: What's with the 22 Hornet?

The Hornet is just plain fun to shoot.Get one in a little CZ rifle or a Ruger.Put a pocketful of shells on board and just go have some fun.
A pound of powder lasts a long time and you don't blast everything out of the area
when it goes bang.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:34 AM
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Re: What's with the 22 Hornet?

Not everything can be reduced to math, and logic. Whims, memories, traditions, connections to people past and present.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:01 AM
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Re: What's with the 22 Hornet?

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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
for it.

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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Old 04-15-2014, 12:49 PM
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Re: What's with the 22 Hornet?

To me, the one and only reason I own a .22 Hornet is because it's the quietest centerfire round out there. I think of it as a glorified .22 WMR. Had the Hornet out last week and found it's back to shooting shotgun groups, after being returned to Savage for accuracy and feeding problems and coming back a little better. Now I'm done with both the Hornet and Savage. I'll try some reduced Fireball loads.
However, if I had the cash to burn, a .19 Calhoon Hornet rifle would probably be in my safe somewhere.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:01 PM
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Re: What's with the 22 Hornet?

Like they said quite and fun and cheep to shoot. The LiL' gun powder made it come to life. I am getting 3000 fps with a 45g bullet with 13g of powder, It is good for 200 yards or a little better. Mine is an Ackley Hornet and cases last a long time. I have shot 22 pellets with just useing a mag primer just for fun in the back yard. The heavy part of the duplex scope is dead on at 15 yards. don't have to adjust from the regular loads. LOL
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:58 AM
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Re: What's with the 22 Hornet?

I tried a Kimber 22 Hornet rifle some years ago . Did not like reloading the long thin walled tapered case. Others also must not have liked it and have had their rifle chambered for the K Hornet to extend the case life. When rifles were chambered for the modern 221 Fireball cartridge ,I got one. I found accurate reloads simple to make for the Fireball. But I jest got a CZ 527 Varmint 17 Hornet rifle. What a joy to shoot. With Hornady 20 Gr bullet ammo. Last week while siting in the 17 H rifle at 100 yards off a bench I was getting sub 1/2 inch groups. Went out and shot a few prairie dogs with the 17 H before it got windy. I can understand why someone who has a 22 Hornet will try to make the best of it. But for someone who looking for new low muzzle blast ,low recoil rifle take a look at the energy and bullet path of the 17 Hornet and 221 Fireball cartridges and compare it to factory and reloaded ammo for the 22 Hornet. I m an old timer and have used 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 17 Hornet, 17 Fireball, 17 Remington, 204 Ruger, 22 RF, 22 WMR, 22 Hornet, 221 Fireball, 222 Remington ,223 Remington, 22-250 Remington, 220 Swift , and 243 chambered rifles . With the fine cartridges now available I could not tell any one to get a new 22 Hornet rifle.
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