500 yard HORNET/ a promise fulfilled

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by goodgrouper, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    I told a dear friend of mine who can't type very fast that I would tell his story here so it would save him the pain of single key stroking for hours! He is a member of LRH and visits about everyday but seldom leaves a post. It is 7mmRHB.

    I met 7mmRHB about 8 years ago at the range. I was breaking in my new custom .223, and he was working on a friends rifle. I saw him off and on for the next couple years, but didn't really know him until I took a job at the local gunshop.

    Through 2000 to 2002, he would come in and get powder and bullets quite often for his .22 hornet. After some time, when he trusted me not to laugh in his face, he started telling me wild stories of shooting prairie dogs with his .22 hornet at 300 yards. While I found it somewhat hard to believe, I never doubted his stories as I had never known him to be dishonest in the least.

    Through 2003, he started telling me of 400 yard plus hits with the old hornet. That is a looong way for a case that holds something like 15 grains of powder! I still never said, "bull" or anything, but at that point, I had to see it to REALLY believe it. So, last February we went shooting. We set up a 9" diameter gong at 500 yards-another 1/5 the distance that I thought was far for the caliber. This was going to be good I thought. The fog settled in all around us, but did not impede our view of the gong. We knew with fog in the air that wind was nothing. I set up my spotting scope while he got the gun ready. After dialing in about 200,000 clicks, he proceeded to ping the gong shot after shot after shot! I was blown away. We had several other people there too that were as shocked as I was. After hitting the gong with super regularity, he asked if anyone else wanted to shoot it. I jumped at the chance. I then proceeded to shoot 9 or 10 shots, all of which hit the gong! Then I passed it off to the others and they hit it just about every shot too!

    Needless to say, this little outing started to get the old wheels upstairs turning. If you could put every shot on a 9" gong at 500 yards with a hornet, why not adopt that "can do" attitude to every range, and do it with guns that are just adequate to get the job done. In other words, don't use a cannon to kill a mosquito. If you can dump a rockchuck at 600 yards with a .223, then why burn the barrel on your .22-.250? Save it for the 750 yard stuff. Or even better, get a fast twist .22-.250 and shoot chucks at 1000 yards against the guys using .30-.378's. That always dazes the big macho guys shooting those huge thirties at 1000 yards when someone shooting a .22 caliber gun plinks the gong just as many times as them!
    Anyway, 7mmRHB wanted to see what the thoughts and feeling were on his 500 yard hornet among long range hunters on this forum so I told him I would type this. Hope it was fun reading. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
  2. Imortal Wombat

    Imortal Wombat Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2004
    i also had a friend who told me stories about long shots with a HORNET, made by a friend of his...well i thought that this was a load of BS until one day when i saw his friend ( a profesional Kangaroo shooter) hit a roo in the head at about 300 meters from a standing position. After that day i have never questioned the power of the mighty HORNET.
  3. Wind Dancer

    Wind Dancer Active Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    The old Hornet has really hung in there. I remember reading an article by the late Finn Aagard, as I recall, about a fellow shooting Zebra and Leopard with it, of course that wasn't long range stuff. Just interesting how we can stretch the capabilites of a cartridge if there's a good shooter behind it. I do have one relevant comment though. I used to shoot some light loads out of a .223 bolt gun quite a bit. I shot 52gr. bullets at about 2800fps which is still faster than a hornet. But I can say this....If the wind is heavy at all, gusty and variable and you're shooting from 300-500 yards...ya better like measuring groups in feet rather than inches! It can be a real downer on a bad day.
  4. thocon

    thocon Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    I guess i started LRH and didn't know it.I used to shoot a bb gun and had to aim anywhere from 2 inches to 2 feet high,well iguess it paid off.I normally don't miss if i shoot.I took my nephew out last year he had a 44 mag(tauris)and couldn't even get close to a milk jug at 80y,his dad said that was to far to shoot,so i took out the wifes 38(Smith)snubnose,well first shot was still low,but the other 4 put dirt on it every shot.I also shoot at my 300y target with a 22/45 6 inch.Look at the match in 1873,Manhatten,a irish man almost shot a full score with a real muzzelloader.So my conclusion is if you want to bad enough you can. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif
  5. 6BR4ME2

    6BR4ME2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    I ALSO HAVE A GOOD OLD FRIEND....THATS SHOT MORE "DAWGS" THAN I HAVE SEEN...ANYWAY HE SHOOTS BENCHREST ON A REGULAR BASIS AND TRAVELS TO SHOOTS. HE let me shoot a built up 221 fireball ( one of his dawg guns) and said I'll see ya in a couple months have fun!!! ok so I had never shot a 221, heard of but never shot, I couldn't believe how fun it was to shoot... krieger barrel,jewell trigger,16 fixed leupold,xp100 action,hand made stock...no recoil..you can see it all happen in the scope...I shot and shot this gun fell in love and started to play with it at long ranges its all how much you practice "playing the wind " and know how the gun shoots!!!!
    I live only 20 min from a nice range so clay pigeons were after practice, hit at 400 yds easily with a gun who's "practical range is 225 yds." 19 grs of powder and easy to load and shoot so I have to agree with goodgrouper and why burn a boat load of powder, why do you want recoil....when all you want to do is shoot......