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Reloading 22 Hornet Frustration #7080380
02/16/18 12:39 AM
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I picked up a beautiful Sako M78 Hornet a few months back. The rifle shoots like a champ. I worked up a load for it tonight. It likes 40gr Sierra Varminters over 12.5gr lLil Gun. I loaded up 60 rounds and it took me forever. My big hands and the small cases and bullets donít jive. I dropped a bullet at lest three times for every load.

Any tricks for loading this round?

Re: Reloading 22 Hornet Frustration [Re: scalebuster] #7080531
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I agree, have a couple of K Hornets. The only thing I've found worse is the 17 Fireball. mad


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Re: Reloading 22 Hornet Frustration [Re: scalebuster] #7080544
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The Hornet can be a challenge but sure is a lot of fun. Not sure what to say for not dropping bullets. Which bullets are you using the typical 45gr Hornet bullet? I seem to drop fewer when loading 40gr Nosler BT bullets

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Okie, the 17 Remington is right there with the 17 Hornet. Those short 60gr bullets for the 25-20 are a pain as well

Re: Reloading 22 Hornet Frustration [Re: scalebuster] #7083349
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Scalebuster, try waiting to place the bullet on the case till after you have it in the shell holder.


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The RCBS Competition die with the micrometer. It has a hole in the side you place the bullet in and press. I may still have mine from my Hornet days. That Hornet brass just didn't cut it for me.


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Funny, as I have been loading somen hornets just.last night. I neck size with a lee die then chamfer inside and.out. then I take the expander plug out of a.universal expander die and push it in and give it a twist. Bullets will balance nicely



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The older i get the less feeling I have in my thumbs and fingers. Good luck.

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I was reloading new Win brass. That was my problem. After resizing itís not near as difficult. I still donít enjoy reloading for this cartridge. Groups tightened up as well.

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One trick to get a bullet to stand on a case is to put some sticky wax on the base of the bullet. I have a globe of bullet wax sitting on my bench for this specific purpose. I don't load the Hornet but I do load a 218 Bee.

If they Hornet bugs you, how about a 25 Auto?


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