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#6587297 - 12/14/16 07:41 PM 22 Hornet
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On a whim I picked up a NEF in 22 Hornet.
Gonna need to replace the rings and scope.
I have no particular use for a hornet that I know of other than a range gun but looking forward to seeing what it can do at moderate ranges.
Any recommendations on scope and factory ammo is appreciated.
Will reload if it proves to be a shooter.
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#6587390 - 12/14/16 08:38 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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I would put a leupold 1x4 on it. Cheaper than dirt had a sale on seller and belliot in 22 hornet. Fun round, I have my great grandfathers savage that caliber. I've taken several hogs with it.

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#6587644 - 12/15/16 12:47 AM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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Fun little round if you reload for it look a lilgun powder,great powder for it. I find all factory loads That I tried to be very inconstent
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#6587674 - 12/15/16 05:32 AM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Fun little round if you reload for it look a lilgun powder,great powder for it. I find all factory loads That I tried to be very inconstent


True.

I've been loading for my Hornet for many years. A 35 grain VMax (the Hornet bullet) and 13.0 grains of Lil Gun is about as good as it gets. I'd also suggest that you use small PISTOL primers instead of rifle primers. The cartridge headspaces off the rim, and that makes it a bit difficult in the accuracy department. Although there are a few rifles out there that will shoot MOA or better, I have a Ruger 77 and they are definitely not the best Hornet rifle that has been built.

Here is the VMax that I shoot: http://www.hornady.com/store/22-Cal-.224-35-gr-V-MAX/

And as you can see, the BC is non-existent. But it's a Hornet, and "it is what it is". wink

I have shot 1 deer with mine (just for the heck of it) and it went about 20 feet before going down. Deer rifle? Maybe. But obviously not my first choice. Definitely a great truck gun and will turn coyotes inside out. I wouldn't even attempt anything over 200 yards and that's "iffy". And nothing bigger than a coyote at that range.

As for a scope, I'd use a bit more magnification. Mine wears a 4-12 and it is great.
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#6587844 - 12/15/16 08:15 AM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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I have some factory Vmax 35s.
I've heard nothing but good concerning lil gun and any where from 12-13 grains. A pound of powder should last for a while.
Just need dies and Ima gonna start loading.
Think I'll stay with Vortex and get a diamond back or crossfire in 4x12.
Although I do have thoughts of using my AR's Leupold for this weekend.
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#6588232 - 12/15/16 11:47 AM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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Big Daddy, the wonderful thing about Lil Gun is that you can fill the case all the way to the top and still not be over pressure. up
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#6588348 - 12/15/16 12:51 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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I have a Ruger 77/22 Hornet and it is great for shooting turkeys, prairie dogs, rabbits and, the likes. I even killed a Spike Axis buck with it.

You will enjoy it.

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#6588551 - 12/15/16 03:05 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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I have a Browning 1885 low wall and a Ruger, the Ruger served pest duty for my Dad on their place for several years. Did the deer killing on a few wiyh them as well.
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#6591379 - 12/17/16 03:20 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Eastwood]
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Originally Posted By: Eastwood
I would put a leupold 1x4 on it. Cheaper than dirt had a sale on seller and belliot in 22 hornet. Fun round, I have my great grandfathers savage that caliber. I've taken several hogs with it.
my experience with S & B, it is one of the worst shelf ammo on the market
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#6592456 - 12/18/16 11:47 AM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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Originally Posted By: Big Daddy K
On a whim I picked up a NEF in 22 Hornet.
Gonna need to replace the rings and scope.
I have no particular use for a hornet that I know of other than a range gun but looking forward to seeing what it can do at moderate ranges.
Any recommendations on scope and factory ammo is appreciated.
Will reload if it proves to be a shooter.

ive literally killed a couple tons of deer and hogs with a hornet, i had an nef and it shot great, i eventualy gave it to a friend and now use a rugger 77, as far as factory ammo the best you will find is winchester 46 gr, and handloading go with a 13 gr of lil gun and small pistol primers, the nef has a 1 in 9 twist so 55 gr bullets are no problem and you can seat close to the lands without worrying about fitting a magazine
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#6592495 - 12/18/16 12:22 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: colt45]
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Originally Posted By: colt45
[quote=Eastwood]I would put a leupold 1x4 on it. Cheaper than dirt had a sale on seller and belliot in 22 hornet. Fun round, I have my great grandfathers savage that caliber. I've taken several hogs with it.
my experience with S & B, it is one of the worst shelf ammo on the market [/quote What was the problem with it? I've never bought any so I'd like to know before I do.

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#6592648 - 12/18/16 02:46 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Eastwood]
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Originally Posted By: Eastwood
Originally Posted By: colt45
[quote=Eastwood]I would put a leupold 1x4 on it. Cheaper than dirt had a sale on seller and belliot in 22 hornet. Fun round, I have my great grandfathers savage that caliber. I've taken several hogs with it.
my experience with S & B, it is one of the worst shelf ammo on the market [/quote What was the problem with it? I've never bought any so I'd like to know before I do.


There is nothing wrong with S&B ammunition. I've shot several thousand in 9mm, 38 Super, and 380 Auto. None have ever failed to fire, feed, or eject.
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#6592667 - 12/18/16 02:52 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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My father loved his little 22 hornet...I had a CZ but hated I had to mount the scope so high...now have a encore in a 22 TCM...kind of a modern 22 hornet...

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#6616319 - 01/04/17 01:52 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Big Daddy K]
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Update.
Re-scoped with a Vortex 3x9.
Didnt like the factory S&B. Pip squeak of a load for sure. The hornady vmax 30 grains were a little better.

Thanks to forum member Mikei for hornet dies, brass and load data I was able to find something I like.

Hornady vmax in 40 grains with a case full of lil gun is a hot little round. Was able to get 1 moaish on a windy day and much better at 50.
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#6616330 - 01/04/17 02:01 PM Re: 22 Hornet [Re: Creedmoor]
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Originally Posted By: Creedmoor
Originally Posted By: Eastwood
Originally Posted By: colt45
[quote=Eastwood]I would put a leupold 1x4 on it. Cheaper than dirt had a sale on seller and belliot in 22 hornet. Fun round, I have my great grandfathers savage that caliber. I've taken several hogs with it.
my experience with S & B, it is one of the worst shelf ammo on the market [/quote What was the problem with it? I've never bought any so I'd like to know before I do.


There is nothing wrong with S&B ammunition. I've shot several thousand in 9mm, 38 Super, and 380 Auto. None have ever failed to fire, feed, or eject.
if you reload you will find the answer
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