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Old 03-17-2008, 02:02 PM
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For some odd reason I dont want to get a 22 hornet, even though I have had one. I want to get a 218 bee in single shot as a calling rifle. Already have a 17HMR handi rifle but its easily wind affected and possibly not enough oomph over 150 yards in the wind. Theres something about the stumpy little case that interests me. I would more than likely down load it a smidge so it would be nicer to the ears too.

I would like another handi rifle maybe a hornet then re chambered, but what are my options here??
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:45 AM
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I would go with a heavy Contender barrel. I have three .22 Hornet Contender barrels – one is a KE Hornet. I have a Marlin 1894CL in Bee and I find it a far superior killer on 30 to 50 pound critters. I agree about throttling the Bee back just slightly. I like Hodgdon or IMR 4227 for loads just below maximum because I can fill the case. I would like to have a 24” bull barrel as it would keep the muzzle blast within reason and the longer, heavy contour barrel will be “self opening” due to its length and weight. I much prefer rimmed cartridges in the Contender and for this reason would prefer the Bee to the .221 Fireball.
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:24 PM
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I have 2 218 bee's, both made by savage. Loverly guns to shoot but getting new brass for them over in australia has been a problem. Have not found any one else that owns one. I also have a martine action converted to a 222. Love it. Would like to find one in good condition and get it converted to a 218 bee.
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:51 AM
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I hunt with a guy that has a Bee in a winchester bolt action (m54?) its a sweet little gun and he loves using it on Turkeys in the fall
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:31 AM
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I saw one of the Ruger #1 V in .218 Bee many years ago. Never have heard of one since, but it was a factory option at one time. Like many of the others that gave up the Bee, it was just too expensive for the fella to shoot any longer here in Alaska.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:08 AM
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Originally Posted by jb12string View Post
I hunt with a guy that has a Bee in a winchester bolt action (m54?)
You mean Winchester Model 43.
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:05 AM
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Many, many moons ago I bought a little Uberti baby rolling block in .22 hornet. Brand new, out of the box it had excessive headspace, case heads separated on the second firing if not the first. Rather than send it back I had it rechambered to 218 Bee which left it with a very long throat. With a little 3-9x32 scope mounted on the barrel it weighed just over five pounds and was an absolute tack driver. Other than the comb being way too low for a scope sight it was a great little rifle. The 218 Bee never achieved the popularity of the Hornet due to limited rifles produced but it really is a much better cartridge in every way, especially if you want to run bullets heavier than 45 grains, mine did great with 50 and 55 grain bullets, the 52 grain match bullets were it's favorites.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:03 PM
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I have several .218's and love 'em. My first was a model 65 Winchester given to me by my uncle, a jewel of American made steel and walnut but too rare and valuable to shoot much so I got a Bulberry .218 barrel in carbine length with the Bulberry forend and carbine stock, absolutely love it. Drives tacks, it's favorite bullet is the 46 grain Winchester hollowpoint designed for the Bee, somebody knew what they were doing. It does okay with 40 grain VMax but the 46 grain hollow point is the best. By they way, the same bullet is SPECTACULAR in my 22/250, keeping the velocities just below the vaporization point. Hitting a ground squirrel produces concentric circles of shock waves. A few years back Winchester brass was cheap and available and I bought 5,000 pieces and many thousands of those 46 grain hollow point bullets. Interestingly enough I've worked up some good cast bullet loads for it too, Lyman 45 grain flat point cast with straight linotype with gas check. No expansion but still smacks squirrels hard, dirt cheap and I have an inexhaustible supply of lino from a local anti-gun rag that scrapped out it's lino machines a few years ago. Sometimes there IS justice! Also have a converted Ruger Blackhawk in .218 Mashburn Bee. Neat little round, does a lot for such a little pint sized case, brass is kind of thin and delicate, avoid sky high pressures, neck size only, anneal occasionally and it will last a long time. H110 and 2400 both work well.

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