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    .22 hornet users

    Hi i have noticed lots of people who use the .22 hornet of late.
    I have seen how effective they can be on foxes out to 200 yards in the right hands and conditions.
    What are people's real opinions on this calibre as I haven't been around these for over 15 years. Back then it wasn't very popular but I think it's very under estimated for what it is.
    Regards Dan

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    Dan, the .22Hornet is a remarkable little round. It is cheap to run, especially if you load your own. The ballistics of factory ammunition is mediocre and barely outstrips the .22WMR. Home-loading can give 2,900fps with a 40 grain bullet and faster with lighter bullets.
    I know a local gamekeeper who has owned the same BSA .22Hornet for about 30 years + and he is consistently capable of taking shots at 200 yards +, with factory ammunition.
    We ordinary mortals find that the .22Hornet is a powerful and effective round for up to 150 yards, after which the trajectory becomes the main issue for accurate shooting. Practice seems to be the key.
    It is what it is and is not in any way comparable to the .222Rem, which is in a different league. It is not capable of being made deer legal for Muntjac or CWD as it's muzzle energy is somewhere in the region of 800 ft.lbs.
    I like my Hornet a lot.
    A pessimist is an optimist with experience.

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    Love my hornet, it shoots pretty much everything I load for inside an inch at 100 yards my favourite being 35 gr v-max doing 3050 fps. Mines a CZ527 AmericN and the calibre / rifle combo makes a great lightweight walking rifle for medium range vermin with plenty of legs to drop a fox if one appears. Also great for foxing in and around lambs as its a relatively quiet round.

    My hornet is by far my most commonly used rifle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Norm View Post
    The ballistics of factory ammunition is mediocre and barely outstrips the .22WMR.
    Really ? Can you sell me some WMR ammo that sends 35 grain bullets away at well over 3000fps.


    Not my experience at all, and funnily enough I was only saying yesterday I'd have no problem going back to factory ammo in my Hornet.
    It's what I started with and it shot very well back then, and the half box I still have works just as well as ever.
    As for bullet drop being the limiting factor, not really, after all everyone seems happy to use their .22lr out to at least 100 yards.
    Well the same holdover for that will get the hornet from a 100 yard zero out to well past 200 yards.

    Neil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet 6 View Post
    Really ? Can you sell me some WMR ammo that sends 35 grain bullets away at well over 3000fps.

    Neil.
    Wish that I could Neil, I would make a bob or two on the side.
    The older more established 46 grain loads go across my chronograph at around 2,300 fps, give or take 100 fps. My 40 grain hp home-loads clock 2,900 fps and I think I could get a bit more if I filled the case with H.Li'l Gun.

    I was zeroing my BSA .22 Hornet this morning and started off with Winchester 46 grain factory loads to get it on the paper. I then fired two four-shot groups to get it there or thereabouts. I then fired my 40 grain home-loads, which travel around 500 fps faster than the factory loads. I was expecting them to print higher than the factory loads. However they consistently printed about an inch lower and half an inch to the left.

    All spot-on now, so crows etc. beware.
    A pessimist is an optimist with experience.

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    Surely Hornady factory 35grn ammo does around the 3100 mark which I wouldn't call mediocre. I've reloaded for the same bullet weght but still find in my Weihrauch it's a job to improve on the Factory ammo.
    It's an excellent and rather addictive round though and I for one can't really say why, it's just nice to use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by old keeper View Post
    Surely Hornady factory 35grn ammo does around the 3100 mark which I wouldn't call mediocre.
    I thinks that's fair comment.

    Until the arrival of the ammo you refer to, Hornet factory ammunition, available in the UK was relatively mild.

    Several years ago I put several different brands of factory ammo across the chronograph and was quite surprised at their speeds. Invariably significantly lower than claimed by the manufacturers. I have never tried the 35 grain Hornady, so cannot comment upon real vs. claimed speeds.

    The advent of lighter bullets and powders such as H. Li'll Gun, has brought the Hornet back into far greater popularity.

    As I said at post #2, those who know how to use their Hornet, with standard factory ammo, can consistently produce quite remarkable shots.
    I am certainly not 'knocking' the Hornet as it is a good round.

    I have a floor-plate magazine on my BSA, which I find fussy to load. If I don't get the rim of each cartridge 'in front' of the next, I can get a 'stuff up'. It seems that the rim of the cartridge catches the next. Loading it in the dark is a bit of an art.
    A pessimist is an optimist with experience.

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    I'm getting some great groups using 12.9gr of lil gun and around 3000fps from it. Velocity is slightly higher using 12.3gr of H110 and gives 3200fps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .243Hunter View Post
    I'm getting some great groups using 12.9gr of lil gun and around 3000fps from it. Velocity is slightly higher using 12.3gr of H110 and gives 3200fps.
    With which bullet please?

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    My CZ 527 .22 Hornet shot the 35 Vmax at 3070fpt with 13 grains of Lil-gun and it shot the 40 grain Vmax (best 22 Hornet bullet) at 3019ftps with 13.2 grains of Lil-gun.

    It all so shot the 50 grain SPSX bullet pretty well I had it running at just under 3000 ftps with was around 997ftlb of energy.

    Accuracy with the 35/40 Vmax was fantastic.

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