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Old 12-14-2003, 06:15 PM
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Has anyone here had any experience with it? Bad, good, what did you think?

(BTW, I'm mainly thinking in terms of a handgun)

I hope this is the right board for this topic!

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Old 12-14-2003, 09:02 PM
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22 Hornet

I have a Ruger 22/Hornet. I like it alot ,like reloading for the old Hornet. But I think the 22 magnum is a more usefull round. Here in Arkansas you can't small gme hunt with a center-fire,so the 22 Hornet is really limited. Not as much power as the bigger 22s and can't hunt small game with it. Even if I could hunt small game I'd have to down load it and then I'd have a 22 magnum. Mark
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:58 AM
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Thumbs up .22 Hornet

I own two rifles in .22 Hornet : A Kimber Of Oregon Series "S", which has a 1-in-14" twist and is VERY accurate. I also own a CZ-527 LUX in the Hornet chambering, and it has a 1-in-16" twist also VERY accurate. Over the years I've owned several rifles in .22 Hornet from a Savage M-340, Sako, Ruger ( a #3 & M-77/.22 Hornet), and a couple Winchester M-70's. I use the hornet for Varmint hunting and Small game, as it is very flexable if one reloads. U se bullets weighing 35 to 45 grain in slower twist rifles (1-in-16"). Rifles with 1-in-14" will allow the use of heavier 50 or 55 grain bullets. H-110, WW-296, SR-4759 (reduced loads) seem to be the best for my rifles.
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Old 12-15-2003, 09:34 AM
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Been a one .22hornet or anohter rifle kicking around the place for most of my life (father was a fan as well) but I'm not sold on it as a revolver round....like it fine in the T/C Contender.

Possible to get 40gr. to 2000-2100 fps in a revolver. Lighter bullets a bit faster, heavier bullets a bit slower...but any load is very LOUD, lots of flash, but decent accuracy can be had.

Fired the Taurus (not mine...hunting partner's), and it works fine...a bit too big to be really portable, but it shot well. Speed is comparable to a .22mag. rifle, a little more or a little less depending on the loads used.

That tapered cases will set back against the recoil shield unless the chambers and ammo are kept clean and oil-free. Swabing the chambers out with a solvent 3 cylinder fulls seems to help.
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Back when, had a .22jet. Doesn't look a thing like the .22hornet, but it perfomed about the same.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:19 AM
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I have a Kimber Mdl. 82 in the 22 Hornet that shoots well. The Hornet round requires extra care when relaoding for it.Use all of the benchrest reloading tricks to get them to shoot small groups. I,m going to try out a 221 Rem.Fireball which is a modern case,less problems with reloading. Have fun.
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Old 12-30-2003, 05:01 PM
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I like the hornet in a contender 10" barrel It is easy to carry, realtively accurate, and by handloading up or down, it's good for anything up to coyotes. However the .22 cooper, a reloadable .22 mag, is maybe even better, certainly accuracy wise and maybe versatility wise.
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Old 12-31-2003, 12:59 PM
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would the hornet make a good coyote rifle out to 125 yards?
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Old 12-31-2003, 01:30 PM
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For 125 yards, about as perfect as you can get. Wind won't have much time to blow that 45 grain pill very much. I would use HP bulleted ammunition - not much room for error here.

I own an Ace Dube insert barrel in .22 Hornet / .410 shotgun. I own two T/C Contender barrels, one a 10" .44 Hot Shot Vent rib, the other a 10" .45 Colt / .410 that I just purchased. I haven't shot the first very much, and the second not at all - just bought it three weeks ago (not at $25 / 50 a box), but its fun.

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