Haha nice one. Although I don't use a .22 Hornet I was thinking of getting one for the wife but she wants the .17 hornet or .17 remington. I personally use a .22-250 and absolutely love it.
I definitely consider the .17 Hornet Dan as an alternative. A little less energy than the .22 version, but good off the shelf ammo and flatter shooting ballistics (from memory the same as the .223).