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Old 03-11-2019, 12:03 PM
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Been Loadin Hornets for the last 25 years . Like most I use a lot of Lil-Gun . About to load some new ammo for my Savage 40 and I am going with a 45 gr Speer soft point, Part No: 1023 . Thinking about trying AA1680 or H110 . Just a flavor change

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Old 03-11-2019, 02:11 PM
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I still use Lil'Gun with the 45 grain Hornady Hornet bullets. Still tops in velocity and brass last longer than when reloaded with 1680, H110/Win296 or 2400. I use 1680 for the 17 Hornet and brass life is about the same as in the 22 Hornet but the 17 gets neck sized and the 22 Hornet gets full length sized so they work in half a dozen rifle/pistols. Half the fun is in the experimentation.
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You'll find many who prefer Lil' Gun, for the above-cited reasons, but there are still plenty of shooters using 1680, like me. I never push the Hornet, so case life has never been an issue. A 40 gr. BT over 12.5 grains fired by a small pistol primer in fire-formed, neck-sized cases has always been my go-to recipe. That will not fit in most magazines, however, due to the long 40 gr. BT ogive. As much as the plastic-tipped bullets have been a game changer in the Hornet, I truly miss the old Nosler 45 gr. Solid Base Hornet bullet for magazine use. That was the most accurate bullet I've fired in a Hornet and would fit all hornet magazines.

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Old 03-11-2019, 06:08 PM
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I've still got a few pounds of Win 680 I use for a couple of guns but most of my hunting rounds are now loaded with Lil gun. As for target rounds try some IMR 4227 with a Rem 6-1/2 primer. I've tried the 296/H110 loads but got no satisfaction, and as for AA1680, it's good, but not as good as the old Win 680
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IMR 4227 with bulk 55gr FMJ has always worked well for me in my Contenders.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:05 AM
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I tried a lot of powders in both my Hornets; 2400, H110, 4227, 1680, and LilGun.

LilGun is at the top of the heap, now my go-to.
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