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Hello from Scotland

I used to have a .22 Hornet Anshutz rifle, the quility of the wood its self was fantastic, really beautiful. The rifle was smooth to shoot, kick ! What kick ? and as for noise a very quiet indeed.

I used it mainly on fox and the odd rabbit and crow it would kill at 200 yards head shot or chest shot, NO problem at all, and its report caused little disturbance to domestic stock or the farmer at half three in the morning !

Trouble came when i called fox and they came running right up 10 yards or less ! I had a few fox survive head shot at these close ranges requiring a second finishing shot. Now i shoot fox but i see no need to let them suffer so ended up selling the .22 Hornet and have missed it ever since.

I was using factory Winchester 45 gr soft point ammo as i did not reload then. Obvouisly the fault lay with the "bullet" not the rifle.If i can find a good expanding bullet THAT WILL HOLD TOGETHER im seriously thinking of getting another of these great little rifles. I will not use FMJ on animals, so has any body got any experience/recommendations of good bullets for the .22 Hornet ?

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I have had good luck with Berger 40 gr. MEF. (Maximum Expansion Factor) I've used them on both Red Fox and Groundhogs and have never had one exit. Pretty much death on contact. <!--emo&:D--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'><!--endemo-->
 

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There are a couple of Barnes "X" bullets in .22 cal.  One I believe is a 45 gr.  That should not fail at close range.

Catch might be that it could be too long to stablize in a Hornet.  Their bullets are solid copper and are longer for their weight than conventional bullets.

The every-day, ordinary FMJ would work at close range.  But might not be a humane killer at longer ranges.

I am going to suggest one other thing that might sound crazy but I believe it has merit.  The Nosler Ballistic Tip (40gr.) could work.  Although these bullets are designed for fast expansion, the base of the jacket is a fairly heavy piece of metal.  It might have enough punch at close range to at least penetrate a fox skull.

Possible trouble with this application is, it is a very long pointy bullet and might not work through typical Hornet magazines.

Anyway, whatever you choose, shoot some into wet newsprint at short range and that will give you a pretty good idea of how it will work on critters.

Hope this helps.
 

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Mike G

My results have been similar to yours.
I have a 21" contender barrel in standard Hornet that gave me fits. After all of the brass preperation: trimming cases of the same make and lot to the same length, deburring flash holes and bottoming the primer pockets I still could not get under one inch. Finally I switched to Nosler 40 gr. Ballistic Tips and instantly was below one inch. I have not shot the light Hornady V-Max yet.
I have a K-Hornet that will shoot anything into 3/4" if the wind is not too stiff.
Barrels sure are individuals.
 

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Hello from Scotland

Thanks for the imput, yes i know the .222 or .223 beats the pants off the Hornet but it is a very endearing little cartridge, and in the time i owned one i became very fond of it.
Ive been looking in to current manufactures of .22 Hornets and the Ruger M77/22VHZ with its 24" barrel really takes my fancy has anyone got any experience on this model ? Would love to hear ?

Reards Englander
 
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