Jump to content

Not Another 22 Hornet Thread?!

Recommended Posts

Yesterday I picked up a secondhand 22 Hornet from my local gun shop. I had the open sights at the font removed and to tidy the end of the barrel and had the barrel cut back by 2" and screwcut. It's now 20"


It's an older example with a double set trigger but it's a minter with a gorgeous stock.






The rifle came with a box of Winchester ammo so I'll be out tomorrow to zero my scope and see how it performs. Not expecting too much from the factory ammo as I'll be reloading.




Before I go out and buy all the Hornet specific gear I though I'd ask those who are experienced in loading this lovely little calibre what the best dies, powder (I've read Lil Gun), primers and bullets are. I'm hoping I'll be able to use 35gr VMax.


Also, are there special knacks or techniques for loading this calibre. The cases look quite fragile so obviously care needs to be taken when using the press

Edited by Elliott
  • Like 3
Link to post

Looks like a fancy model with that timber.

The Winchester loads were good.

Don't sweat the powder choice. With care top performance can be had with h110, v110, a2400, h4227 and countless others.


Take no notice of the na sayers, you got a great rifle and cartridge combo for Britain.



  • Like 5
Link to post

I did :yes: and in my experience both the Lee factory crimp die and case flare die worked wonders, 35gn vmax are good and worked best with h110 in mine, also give Sierra 40 or 45 gn varminter bullets a try too, mine was superb with the 45 gn you will love the hornet, its a cracking little rifle, enjoy.

  • Like 1
Link to post

Thanks chaps.


Looks very pretty, but it's old hat. Depends what you want to shoot with it though.

It's where I want to shoot with it really. I've got a few bits of land where the Hornet is better suited, including around the village where I live and a local golf course. It's a nice, handy carry rifle instead of the T3 Varmint in 223

  • Like 1
Link to post

I don't get how a perfectly accurate decent rifle that does all that's asked of it can be "old hat." Different tools for different jobs.


Whereas I think the .17 Hornet offers more to a lot of buyers these days, despite having slightly less energy, I agree with Walshie, different tools for different jobs. If you don't shoot large numbers of rabbits or need them for eating, I see no reason why a hornet couldn't completely replace a rimfire as a long range rabbit / short to low medium range fox rifle.

Edited by Alsone
Link to post
  • 3 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Create New...