.22 Hornet

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  1. werewolf won

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    I wanted to try .22 Hornet so a year ago I purchased a used H&R Handi in the caliber. Well I really like it. The Handi was in good shape except the previous owner fancied himself a stock maker and hacked it up something fierce. He also owned an engraving machine and decided to add his name to the side of the barrel. I replaced the stock at once with a plastic Choate model and have lived with the name on it. It would not take much to sand it off but the barrel would have to be refinished. The rifle is a tack driving fool in spite of it’s awful looks. PM me if anyone is interested in it—It will have to go through an FFL but I’m not into it for much and will sell it cheaply.

    Now that I know I like the round it is time for a better .22 Hornet. I’m strongly considering a CZ bolt rifle but am not so stuck on it that I’d not consider something else. Any suggestions?
     
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    If you want to go old school, you can get a single shot 3/4 scale Baby Sharps Rifle chambered in .22 Hornet. There is also a period correct reproduction loooooong 6x scope for it. Lyman sold one made by Chiappa to their specs called the “Little Dandy”.

    It is currently in production:

    https://www.chiappafirearms.com/f.php?id=30

    24” barrel and vernier tang sight.
     
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    I like the idea!!

    I also see its in 22MAGNUM!!!!!

    CW
     
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    That is a beauty but more money than I want to sink into a hunting rifle.
     
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    Ruger #3 in 22 Hornet, if you can find one. Had an old TC Contender in hornet, scoped, verry accurate at 100 yards, good turkey gun.
     
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    A cz 527 would be my first choice.
     
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    My M6 is .22 Hornet/.410. Silly rifle, but great round.
     
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    I have had a Ruger 77/22 hornet for over twenty years. Got lots of turkeys,coyote, and a few bobcats with it.shoots 3/4" groups at 100 yards with my reloads.
     
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    A few years back I thought 22 Hornet might be handy to reload if there was another run on 22LR. Can you PM me with the details?
     
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    That is the model I am considering. I'm thinking that with a little compact scope will make a nice walking varmint rifle.
     
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    I have a Winchester 54 in Hornet. I have a Contender Carbine bbl as well. The 54 a Classic but stays in the safe. The Contender is one I should sell. I simply dont use it.

    My H&R is my go to. I have rechambered it to K and made it my go to coyote rifle. It shoots better than the Winchester.

    Refinish the H&R, mount a good scope and buy a nice set of Lam stocks and ENJOY IT!!

    I was lucky enough to grab a set of yellow lam stocks that look like a yellow jacket so seem appropriate for a hornet.

    [​IMG]

    You KNOW it shoots good! You already own it!

    CW
     
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    That is a handsome Handi!
    I have a .223 Handi set up just like that and wish it was the .22 Hornet instead. The .22 Hornet has a lightweight iron sighted barrel, I hate dovetail fillers. I would prefer the .223 in a CZ bolt action and the .22 Hornet with a scoped Handi. What I really should do is get rid of both Handi rifles get a .223 CZ and set up for reloading. I could get near .22 Hornet performance from a down loaded .223 I imagine, and the .223 has a much better higher end performance depending on loading.
     
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    Thank you!!

    This bbl is also iron sited. I removed the sights and installed filler screws. No dovetails cut in this one.

    The gun was a good shooter that improved with the re chamber to K. I can surpass 2900 with a 50g shoots great at about 2950 with a 40g Nosler and aa1680 powder.

    Here is three shots @ 100

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    I just installed a new scope on her. Bushnell Banner 4-12. I wanted the power not the cost. This fit the bill.

    [​IMG]

    Lams pop up occasionally on eBay. Guys on Greybeards may allow you to pry loose a limited production color lam set.

    The CZ 527 is a great little rifle. But not cheap and if that Hornet shoots its worth keeping cause many dont. I have had a bunch!! I wanted a Savage 23 to shoot it didnt... I wanted a Anshutz bolt to shoot... it didnt. TWO Rugers. Didnt cut it either. I also had another H&R before this one that did not shoot.
    For the costs associated I would really suggest you keep the bugger!!

    Buy that cZ in 223 if you find one for good cost.

    Just my 2 cents.

    CW
     
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    I've always thought a .22 Hornet would be a fun gun. But it seems that the guns made for it are so limited either single shot or really expensive. I see Savage is making a walking varminter with a detachable box mag. Hmmm.
     
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    I want a single shot hornet bad!
     
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    My local Cabelas has a Ruger #3 for $1100. They also have a Winchester 43 for same price.
     
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    I had always been intrigued by the idea of getting an H&R in .22 Hornet - never got around to it, as my buddy & I had .223s that shot very well & he ended up handloading for the caliber...of course, when we first got them, factory ammo was quite affordable & we mostly shot Wolf stuff...

    I'm probably the only one here, but I'd probably keep the gun iron-sighted and shoot it that way :D :dblthumb: H&R put some decent sights of their own design on the Handis for a number of years, and for a couple later on they fitted some excellent Williams-sourced ones as well - my .30-.30 bought new in the fall of '05 had them.

    CZ generally makes nice stuff, but I have to agree that if you have a good-shooting gun, it might be worth hanging onto; H&R/NEF stuff is becoming hard to find and expensive on the used market.... :rolleyes: :(

    Kind Regards,

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    I'd sand off name, put it to the buffing wheel.Or bead blast it. Then use a good cold blue or home Parkerizing kit like what Brownells sells . Hope ya didn't pay a lot for it...
     
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    Taurus makes the Raging Hornet .22 revolver. I saw a review on it a while back. I’ve always thought it would be a neat woods pistol. Probably heavy as the dickens though.
     
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    I might make a project out of it this winter. I could remove the iron sights, fill the dove tail, mount a compact scope and refinish the barrel without a big investment in time or money and end up with a good shooter. I’d be better served with a .223 bolt rifle and from what I’ve read stand a better chance of getting a very accurate one.
     
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    last week, Kittery had a 527 in 223 with a scope and I thought of you and this thread... Sorry too many guns & I forgot the cost.

    I actually brought my H&R 22K with me up north Maine... Be she never even came outta the truck. The G23 spoke a couple times but no needs for a rifle this trip. Unplanned, trip into Solon, Bingham and Jackman Maine.

    CW
     
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    I was at Kittery Saturday, I wish I knew then I’d have looked for it.
     
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    Sorry My friend, I just got back to Cell service today...

    CW
     
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    No sweat. I was on a mission and did not spend a lot of time looking around. I was already overpaying for a black powder pistol that should have been sent directly to me via the mail so the added expense of gas, tolls and taxes just added to the total cost, I was not in the best of moods.
     

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