.22 Hornet???

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.22 Hornet???

Post by steve54 » 28 Mar 2017, 16:08

Hi Folks.
Is anyone here using a .22Hornet, and for what quarry?
If so, what make, and with which ammo? Also, are you using home loads, or factory rounds.
Like to hear thoughts, and experiences,- either good or bad. :thumbup:
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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by phoenix » 28 Mar 2017, 17:11

Lots of 22 Hornet users over on the Stalking Directory.
On here, Clive Ward uses one successfully with his Thermal riflescope.
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15085&hilit=hornet&start=20

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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by chambo » 28 Mar 2017, 18:36

i use a sako vixen hornet for fox to about 150 yards and for taking the heads off rabbits. i reload it with hodgdon h110 powder 11gr with 45gr heads .

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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by steve54 » 28 Mar 2017, 19:07

Thanks chaps. :thumbup:

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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by cliveward » 28 Mar 2017, 22:42

Hi Steve,

I use the .22 Hornet a LOT!

It's an absolutely brilliant calibre.

The HW66 is excellent for NV because of the long receiver to the rear, short bolt lift and also has a strong lock up on the bolt for accuracy. The other known accurate rifle is the CZ but that has a higher lifting bolt and less mounting area on the receiver.

I also saw a very nice Anschutz at IWA in a GRS stock. Only in single shot at the moment but they are doing a repeater later on. :thumbup:

Ammunition-wise I reload and use the 35 Grain V-Max for Foxes out to 200 yards and 45 Grain H&N Plated Lead Round Nose for foxes closer in and Rabbits out to 180 yards. In the field it's very unobtrusive. I use an Ase Jet-Z CQB on mine.

But generally most shots are 80-160 yards.

If you reload you will get the best out of it and it will be dirt cheap to run. :thumbup:


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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by steve54 » 29 Mar 2017, 08:45

Thanks Clive.
The replies have given me a lot to think about.
I do like the look of the HW, and if it's anything like the quality of my HW100 then it
would be bomb proof :D
At present I only have Theoben .22 Fac, CZ's in .22lr and .17hmr on my ticket, and am going to apply for a slot
for possibly a .22 Hornet, or .223.
I'm in the queue for one of your WD800s add- ons, with the B502 on top to go on the above rifles :D
Only using factory rounds for the rimfires, but with the problem of finding Hornet ammo, I may have to invest in
some home loading kit :think:
Cheers.
Steve.

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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by visiter1 » 29 Mar 2017, 10:01

I used a 22 hornet for years with th 35 grain v max on fox lovely caliber for the job

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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by cliveward » 29 Mar 2017, 11:36

Hi Steve,

No problem at all.

Reloading is the way to go. My best source of cases was buying WInchester factory ammunition and once fired Winchester cases off t'internet. :thumbup:

The Lee reloading kit is more than good enough and doesn't cost a fortune. Use the collet dies and also get the factory crimp die too.

In addition to the Lee basic press kit, I would suggest a set of digital scales (the Lee balance is a bit of a pain in the arse but handy to have for double checking your digital scales). A case tumbler is also a very worthwhile thing to have.

My 45 grain load is 1p more than an Eley .22 Subsonic and my 35 grain load is less than the factory ammunition for my .17 HMR. :wtf:


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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by visiter1 » 29 Mar 2017, 11:43

Hi Clive sorry to but in do u crimp 22 hornet reload ? I've tried but could never get a 22 h load to work

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Re: .22 Hornet???

Post by cliveward » 29 Mar 2017, 12:16

visiter1 wrote:Hi Clive sorry to but in do u crimp 22 hornet reload ? I've tried but could never get a 22 h load to work
A few things to consider with the .22 Hornet:

It headspaces on the rim so some rifles will provide better accuracy by design (such as the HW and the CZ). The worst I believe was the Ruger which had an inherent problem with headspace, but that could be fixed by shimming the bolt.

Neck tension isn't great or indeed consistent so what can happen is the bullet is dislodged by the primer ignition before the main charge burns causing accuracy issues. The solution is a small pistol primer and / or using the Lee factory crimp die to increase the neck tension further.

I don't crimp the 35 grain load because it doesn't need it, but I do crimp the 45 grain load and it removed all the fliers and went from OK to excellent.


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