There is a great deal of variation in .22 Hornet brass. It would be my “front yard” rifle with cast bullets at ultra-low velocity. It took me two years of frustration and 2 moa groups untiI I discovered the Hornet handloading secrets. The .22 Hornet handles bullets up to 55 grains, depending upon rate of twist of the Any help as to reloading hints greatly appreciated. The Fireball is eazy to reload but takes a bit more powder but the case life is much longer. My thoughts turned to the Hornet yet again, and I decided to take the plunge. For instance, Federal, Hornady, Nosler, Prvi Partizan, Remington, Sellier & Bellot, and Winchester all manufacture at least one .22 Hornet load. A vast array of projectiles serves the Hornet. I had been looking for a 22 Hornet for a while and finally found the one I wanted at Alpine Shooting over in Ft. Worth. 17 Rem Fireball. Soft and hollow points were the most popular bullets for .22 Hornet hunting ammunition for many years and there’s nothing wrong with using them now. Light Hornet loads will turn these birds into delicious campfire fare. 221 Rem Fireball. well under MOA groups, with some verging on “1-holers” at both 50 and 100 yards. With a reputation for superb accuracy, the.22 Hornet was seen in some parts as a ‘wonder bullet’. Ratsmacker: I have a Ruger #1-B in 22 Hornet that was a "problem child" in the accuracy department for me for many years. He found standard small rifle primers proved the best choice. 10.0-grain Lil’ Gun 22 Hornet Load Data. since 1930, with factory rifles coming along about 2 years later. Informal target practice is fun. I had to have one. Nosler comes in with 35-, 40-, 50- and 52-grain Solid Base Ballistic Tips, plus a 50-grain CT ballistic Silvertip and 52-grain Custom Competition HPBT. 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. The Ideal in .22 Hornet is a scaled-down Sharps type rifle with the classic falling block. Elevation: 8,000′, Nosler 35-grain Ballistic Tip Lead Free Bullet Thanks for sharing! It’s slender as a serpent, light as a sparrow, and so keenly balanced I tote it without a sling, and I like slings. By 1939, the Stoeger catalog boasted the Model 70 Winchester in .22 Hornet for $61.25. Comment: Penetration with accuracy, Barnes 50-grain TTSX FB Bullet The points you make confirm that I will get get a .22 Hornet. A Brunton Eterna 3-9X with BDC reticule will handle the varmints. 45 degrees F This group measures .345″ For comparison, the maximum load for the .22 Hornet with Accurate 1680 powder is 13.5 Gr., resulting in 2516 FPS from a 20-inch barrel; however, the maximum charge of 1680 in the .22 K-Hornet is 16.0 Gr., resulting in 3177 FPS from a 20-inch barrel, and 2854 FPS from a 14-inch barrel. In terms of performance, the .22 Hornet is significantly more powerful than the rimfires like the .17 HMR, the .22 Long Rifle and the .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR), but is clearly in a tier below other .22 caliber centerfires like the .219 Zipper and .223 Remington. The big ammunition manufacturers produce multiple varieties of .22 Hornet ammo specifically designed for hunting predators and varmints. Minnesota Deptartment of Natural Resources, State Agency: Speer’s TNT 50-grain .224 bullet pushed by 13-grain Lil’ Gun retains sufficient pasta, even at 300 yards, to make Rancher Harry happy with a reduction of livestock-tripping prairie dog holes. The fix involves putting a shim washer between the two halves of the bolt and making a new pin for the bolt that fits tighter. The .22 Hornet has no real modern centerfire equivalent when it comes to hunting populated areas, wooded lands, or small game. Accuracy did not improve in the colonel’s custom rifle over previous standard Hornet loads, and velocity across the board added about 100 fps bullet-for-bullet. CZ 527 American, Chambered for the .22 Hornet.An overview of the set trigger. It’s also possible to improve upon the performance of the .22 Hornet by handloading. 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. The Challenge The .22 Hornet is still great for varmints and small game out to 200 yards and the light report of the cartridge also makes it easier on the ears than louder cartridges like the .220 Swift or .223 Remington. Optimized for high velocity, rapid expansion, and devastating terminal performance, Winchester’s Varmint-X ammo is really bad news for coyotes. However, assuming it’s legal to use on deer where you live, I still tend to agree with Mel Tappan’s assessment of the .22 hornet for deer hunting in his book Survival Guns (p90-91): It is by no means a reliable deer cartridge, even with handloads, although it has been used for that purpose. Standard Deviation: 19 fps By Sam Fadala, State Agency: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, State Agency: All the while the little Hornet buzzes merrily along. I label 50 yards an average shot on the pseudo pig. 22 Caliber.224” Diameter. Other companies soon began producing bolt-action and single shot rifles for the cartridge to keep up with exploding demand. First one disappeared / evaporated into thin air. Fortunately, my grandfather had time to reload and shot the deer again. 3,181 fps One 10-shot, 100-yard group: .836″ with Remington factory ammo (only 10-shot group tested). IF it did not have such beautiful wood on it the dang thng would have long since gone down the "gusnhow highway"! Group hovered at .820″. 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. Comment: Very accurate, Nosler Custom .22 Hornet Full-length resize case Having lavished praise on the little rascal, I admit it was not the cartridge that lured me. But it’s still nice to have the relative quiet of the Hornet compared to the boom/crack! 20 Nosler. Winchester Model 43 in 22 Hornet..Your information is thoughtful and right on the mark, I thank you. Glad you enjoyed it! Bullet Type Primer. Here’s a 3-shot group at 50 yards with the Savage and a Sierra handload. Similar to the 10mm vs .45 ACP debate, the .223 Remington has more energy remaining at 200 yards than many .22 Hornet loads have at the muzzle. 2. Sam got Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, State Agency: 77/22 hornet has proven deadly on the porkers, have had every one drop on the spot and largest was about 125#. Standard Deviation: 14 fps I have a Browning A-bolt in .22 Hornet, and its easily my most accurate rifle. South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, State Agency: Glad you enjoyed the article. New to me, an older 340 Savage in .22 Hornet. These rifles were intended to assist the downed crew in hunting for food, not for self-defense against enemy troops. 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. 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. PPU's .22 Hornet ammo is ok, just not terribly accurate. John, Have shot many pigs in Hawaii with the 22 Hornet with the quiet report and mild recoil even daughters like shooting it. Winchester has a FMJ boattail at 55 grains, a 55-grain Pointed Soft Point, a 50-grain Pointed Soft Point in spire-point design with considerable shank, plus 34- and 40-grain bullets. My best groups at reduced (22AH - 218 Bee range) were with the hornady 45 gr hornet. Whelen was not the only person impressed with the cartridge and it started to catch on with the hunting community. 20 Caliber.204” Diameter. Yes, that s right, Winchester loaded Hornet ammunition before any commercial rifles were available for it. Wyoming Game & Fish Department, State Agency: Only take that shot if you really know what you’re doing though, because it’s easy to screw up. If you do a lot of long range varmint hunting, or just really like high velocity cartridges, then you should look into getting something like a .22-250 Remington or a .220 Swift because the .22 Hornet probably isn’t for you. 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. Note: some of the links below are affiliate links. 223 Rem. I was in for a surprise. John. Savage Arms Comment: Fine accuracy, Nosler 55-grain Combined Technology Ballistic Silvertip 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. My other Hornet rifles (coming up) broaden the horizon of .22 Hornet application. In addition to bolt-action and single shot rifles, European gun makers have produced a number of combination guns chambered in the cartridge as well. I’m hunting with lead free reloads in .22 Hornet, here in California. You retain the accuracy, get a more power and loading is a lot less critical. Lube case; Even though it doesn’t compare favorably on paper to many more modern cartridges, there is no denying that the .22 Hornet has quite the appeal to varmint hunters looking for an accurate cartridge with a tame recoil and a mild report. I love this calibre! Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, State Agency: Pistol; Rifle; Cowboy; GR. Center of photo shows (left to right) .22 WMR, .22 Hornet, .223 and .22-250. Standard Deviation: 13 fps Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, State Agency: Inspired by Wotkyns's work with the then-new cartridge, Townsend Whelen and a couple of his Army buddies, G. A. Woody and Al Woodworth, decided to convert three Model 1922 Springfield rifles to handle it. (V difference considered a normal variable), Barnes 50-grain TTSX FB Bullet Ideal Rifle He initially shot the buck in the shoulder and caused a nasty, but probably not immediately fatal wound. Probably one of the most underrated cartridges of all time, and one I personally use, is the .22 Hornet. The Lyman Ideal in .22 Hornet showed great workmanship and excellent accuracy. The Hornet seems less victim of this problem than some cartridges. 222 Rem. Bud. He learned the hard way that those small, lightly constructed bullets quite often won’t penetrate far enough to reach the vitals on a body shot. Called-in wild turkeys vary from the hot tom throwing caution to the wind to that cautious bird lingering at the century mark. 12.7-grain Lil’ Gun It would be perfect to introduce a youngster to the joys of this classic design. Pennsylvania Game Commission, State Agency: Oh wow, that’s a great development! 4. Consult a reputable handloading manual for details, but the cartridge seems to really like Hodgdon’s Lil’Gun and H110 powder. My Red Dot load of only 2 grains for low-velocity loads yields 3,500 shots per pound. ALL 30 gr 33 gr 35 gr 40 gr 45 gr 50 gr 53 gr 55 gr. NOTES: Surprising results with 13-grain Hodgdon Lil’ Gun in 33- to 55-grain bullets: higher velocity than anticipated. Since it was the first small-bore, high velocity cartridge designed for small game and varmint hunting, the .22 Hornet was truly an innovative development. Comment: Penetration with accuracy, Barnes 50-grain TTSX FB Bullet 10. It was Lyman’s delightful Ideal Model on a scaled-down Sharps falling block design: 26″ barrel, 6 pounds, 42″ overall length, double-set triggers, 1:16″ twist, and a Custom Lyman Tang sight mated to the Lyman Globe up front with inserts, laser engraving, nice wood, making it easy to clean — historical aura. Removed de-capping pin assembly entirely; The deer stopped, turned and looked at him for a few seconds. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to create free content that’s useful to hunters like yourself. Target-type bullets also prevail. Sitting in my deer stand, waiting for first light, it starts. Many 1-holers occurred with the scoped Savage. Standard Deviation: 16 fps My grandparents lived in the “filet mignon” part of the city. Buy some excellent .22 Hornet hunting ammo here. My grandfather told me that he always regretted shooting the deer with that cartridge. Standard Deviation: 33 fps 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. Some accounts from that time period state that the .22 Hornet was the most accurate centerfire cartridge the technicians at Winchester had ever encountered up until that point. 2,800 fps The. Make sure you follow The Big Game Hunting Blog on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Let’s also look at some handguns: Thompson/Center and Anschutz pistols, Taurus DA Raging Hornet 8-shot, double-action revolver and MRI’s SA BFR 6-shot single-action. I like the Hornet for varmints and spike white tail deer. But Colonel Harriger did not have Lil’ Gun. Enter To Win A Primary Arms Prize Package! 13.0-grain Lil’ Gun This special rifle spawned a companion as the Luna 981 chambered for the “new Winchester .22 C.F. 22 Hornet 1:12, Standard Model, Match Grade Barrels TC Contender G2 Accuracy Barrels® fit the TC Contender and G2 Contender frames. As an interesting aside, the US military also issued a couple of different .22 Hornet rifles as survival gear during the 1940s through the 1970s. i do have a winchester 22 hornet which is accurate but not as good as my 223. the winchester is a 1956 so that may have some bering on its accuracy. The Hornet was a ray gun compared to the rimfire I carried. 17 Caliber.172” Diameter. The Savage Model 25 in .22 Hornet proved to be amazingly accurate. 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. For small game and furbearers, there are full metal jackets (where allowed by law), such as the fine Sierra 55-grain GameKing boattail. 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. With negligible recoil but substantially greater energy than a.22LR, the Hornet allowed those who wielded it to push the boundaries of its capabilities. Development of the cartridge we know as the .22 Hornet is usually credited to Grosvenor Wotkyns, who at the time was a member of the Ordnance Department at Benecia Arsenal in California. 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The polymer tip helps increase the ballistic coefficient and initiate expansion, even at low impact velocities. However, even though the cartridge has been around for almost a century, and even though it can’t come anywhere close to the performance of those newer cartridges on paper, the .22 Hornet is still a very useful varmint hunting cartridge. 1,361 fps 1, the Savage Model 40, the Winchester Model 43, Winchester Model 54, and the Winchester Model 70 were all produced in .22 Hornet at some point over the years. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, State Agency: I enjoyed sleepovers with the old folks because, although foreigners, today they would be called cool. at the trigger. Comment: Run as test between 13.0 and 12.5 For one thing, it’s not legal in some states. Let’s be honest — at the range, you use a standard magazine pouch for your auto pistol reloads, but in the real world, it doesn’t always happen. There is a company that tightens up the bolt and has had great success in improving accuracy. With Lil’ Gun powder, the K version will no doubt do better. Ninety percent of the time it is more than adequate. A Remington 6 1/2 primer seems to help accuracy too. It is a great round but only if you place your shots well. 11.0-grain Lil’ Gun It’s faster than the .22 WMR, but slower than the centerfires. Springfield Armory sold a replica of the M6 for several years known commercially as the Springfield Armory M6 Scout and there are still a few of those guns floating around out there. The lighter and slower .22 Hornet bullets are also less likely to ricochet. Unfortunatly, the Ruger bolt guns have a so-so reputation for accuracy in.22 Hornet. I never heard of the 22 Hornet e as my elderly logger friend from Cana da says. 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. Comment: Explosive! 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. I own a 22 hornet & 22 K-hornet also. So the Hornet was well represented in 1932. Even when the lead is not “scrounged,” the Hornet is gentle on the wallet with handloads. I've heard the Hornet is hard to get good accuracy. Standard Deviation: 19 fps Five shots at 100 yards with the Savage Model 25. 3. Sam also ran a primer test for the Hornet. Javelina and wild turkey: either scope will do. Down on the corner lived Jim Martin, older than I, and tolerant of my incessant and often ill-designed shooting questions. Add in pure shooting fun plinking with cast bullets and you’ve got a winner. 35-grain Hornady V-Max So the tale of Monsouir Clem who shot that unrecorded 800 lb black bear at 200 plus yards at night with One shot with a 22Hor Net…Un Believable. Remington’s 55-grain Pointed Soft Point has a cannelure, as does the company’s 55-grain FMJ. It would be a long time before I owned a Hornet. 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). For a detailed discussion about another high velocity .22 caliber cartridge in the .224 Valkyrie, read the article below: The Lyman 50th Edition (p126-126) and Hornady 10th Edition (p139-142) reloading manuals and The .22 Hornet by Layne Simpson in Shooting Times were used as references for this article. 2,924 fps Mucho dinero for 1932. Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, State Agency: Handloaded versatility ran from low-velocity plinking and small game to wild turkey to javelina (and yes, even deer for the expert hunter) with bullets ranging from 30- to 55-grain weight. 40-grain Ballistic Tip Plentiful factory ammo also validates the present status of this old-timer. Price: $745, All Velocity Results from 26″ barrel Great article!! WMR ballistics with the Hornet is a simple matter of the right powder, such While the K Hornet has proven less finicky, neither of them could be considered problematic and both are a ball to shoot and easy to load for. 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. The .22 Hornet has survived this long because it fits perfectly into a spot between Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. 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 Ideal rifle achieved 25¢-piece groups at 50 yards using Sierra’s 52-grain match bullet… and with Yr. Obt. Maybe a lot better. Alaska Department of Fish & Game, State Agency: Like with many older cartridges, the exact origins of the .22 Hornet are a little hazy. A 50-grain bullet of “big-game” design at 2,800+ fps is an ideal larger game load with 871 foot-pounds at the muzzle. Although heavier bullets can be launched from the little Hornet case with respect to rate of twist, I stopped at 55 grains, which stabilized a bullet cast from 1:16 mix in the Lyman Ideal rifle at 100 yards, which is as far as I tested. Accuracy: 1-holers at 50 yards. Bullet was a 50-grain Sierra match handload. Springfield 1922.22 long rifles and newly barreled Martini single shots were the first Hornets as. 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