Wats cheapest to reload
Wats cheapest to reload
The bullets you reload in either should be comparatively the same . The primers are about the same price wise and the powder is going to be about the same cost per pound !
The only place you might see a slight cost savings is in the amount of powder used in a Hornet versus the 222 . The Horent should use 5-10 grains less powder depending on what you use in either . Obviousely the same powders are not good usually for both . But typically most rifle powders are selling in the same ballpark .
Brass cost is maybe a slight bit less for the 22 Hornet although I'm not so sure of that any longer . If it were me I'd opt for the 222 as it has a bit more zip to say the least . I think you'll find in the overall spectrum of things the cost difference between the two would be no more then 5-10% at best .
Another thing to figure in the equation is the rifle you have available for either cartridge and base it on which one you like the most or feels better to you .
Just my opinion !
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There's nothing to add to the above other than the 222 is less fiddly to reload so the question might change to "why not the hornet" if shots are unlikely to be over 150 yards.
Ps: Moles won't like either.
Last edited by Klenchblaize; 27-06-2013 at 06:55.
half as much powder in the hornet
but then 1/2- 2/3's of the velocity
no free lunch here
Discounting that there are some OLD rifles chambered for 22 Hornet then'd I say it is a question of what is easiest to get dies and component cases for.
And it ain't 22 Hornet nor 222....but the 223! And as "easiest" usually means cheapest I'd say that secondhand 223 reloading dies and GENUINE once fired 223 cases will be the cheapest option.
But if you are set on 22 Hornet vs 222 then I'd go for the 222 as it can always be downloaded to Hornet specification. And, of course, in any case having a flatter trajectory your "point blank" range will be longer. Also whilst not as common as it once was it is still easier to find factory 222 cartridges than 22 Hornet cartridges.
And, not least, you'll find it less difficult to sell on a used 222 than you will a used 22 Hornet PLUS the one is deer legal (and specifically mentioned in legislation) and the other is not!
Published data e.g. Vihtavuori manual lists 2670fps max load for 40gr Speer in 23.5" 22 Hornet barrel. Same bullet up to 3520fps in 23" 222 Rem barrel.
To be fair, it seems 22 Hornet data is not as comprehensive as 222 Rem. Could be also that there's no suitable powder in VV line-up for max velocity in Hornet.