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Thoughts On the 22 Hornet.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:45 am    Post subject: Re: Thoughts On the 22 Hornet. Reply with quote

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I too had a 22 hornet in a Ruger 77/22. I had the same problem you experienced, I could not find the right combination of bullet, powder, and caseing to make the thing shoot right. I finally gave up on it when the 204 Ruger came out. I have absolutley no problems with this rifle. I love it.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject: Re: Thoughts On the 22 Hornet. Reply with quote

Thanks Crackshot! I plan to test WW296, H110, Lil'Gun and AA1680 since I have those on hand. I'm hoping the Lil'Gun works out because, according to Hodgdon, it produces good velocity at a significantly lower pressure than the others. 2800+ ft/sec at 28,400CUP, compared to slightly slower at 40,000+ CUP. I'm thinking that would be easier on the brass and quieter.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Thoughts On the 22 Hornet. Reply with quote

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I hope you can get your rifle to shoot, they are a nice little gun and fun to shoot.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Thoughts On the 22 Hornet. Reply with quote

Not a problem Pumpkinslinger. Let us know what happens with your testing.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Thoughts On the 22 Hornet. Reply with quote

Good cartridge, but not much more powerful than the Winchester .22 Magnum.
There are other, more potent calibers for about the same $$$. And, not so finicky to reload. JMO.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Thoughts On the 22 Hornet. Reply with quote

Hmmm... The Hornet firing a 40 grain bullet has almost 700 ftlbs of energy, compared to around 325 for a .22WMR with the same weight bullet. It uses about half the powder as a .223, i.e. cheaper to load. And I've never had any more trouble loading for it than a .223 so it's not too "finicky". Yes, there are more potent cartridges out there but they don't fill the niche for a mild varmint round. JMO Wink

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