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22 Hornet / History:
Centerfire Rifle Cartridges
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.

22 Hornet:
 The 22 Hornet was designed as one of the first high velocity centerfire 22's to use smokeless powder. While this cartridge can be attributed to the efforts of several individuals it was Winchester that put it all together in 1930 and introduced the 22 hornet with a bullet diameter of .223" today's 22 Hornets are .224".

 The 22 Hornet is a very small cartridge, but when loaded with 45 grain bullets at a velocity of 2,700 feet per second they spell certain disaster to small critters and varmints that wind up in the crosshairs of a 22 hornet out to about 200 yards.

 The 22 Hornet is by no means a super long range 22 centerfire but it does very well out to about 200 yards. The 22 hornet offers low noise and very little to almost no recoil for the shooter which makes it a favorite for pest control in areas where noise may be a concern.

  22 Hornet Barrel Specifications.
Common Barrel Twist Rate - 1/16
Bore Groove Diameter - .223" - .224"

  22 Hornet Reloading Specifications.
Bullet Diameter - .223" - .224"
Maximum Case Length - 1.403"
Trimmed Case Length - 1.393"
Primer Size - Small Rifle

22 Hornet Loading Data Hints.
 The 22 hornet is very accurate when loads are worked up with imr 4227 powder of which highest velocity will also be realized.

22 Hornet Reloading Data.
Hodgdon Reloading Data Center.

22 Hornet Trajectory and Hunting Applications.

 This is a down range trajectory chart for the 22 Hornet cartridge with the scope mounted 1.5 inches above the bore center line plus if you were using this load, its effective hunting bullet energy range with well placed shots on,
Varmint / Predator size game, such as Bobcat, Cougar, Coyote.
Deer size game, such as Antelope, Blacktail, Hogs, Javelina, Mule, Whitetail.
Elk size game, such as Caribou, Black Bear, Sheep.
Moose size game, such as Brown Bear.
Bullet diameter .224"
Bullet weight 50 grains
Bullet ballistic coeffecient .223
Bullet velocity 2,600 feet per second.
Range
100 yds.
200 yds.
300 yds.
400 yds.
500 yds.
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+ 2.9
0
- 13.2
- 40.7
- 87.8
543
386
272
189
138
 Varmint
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.22" Caliber
22 Hornet
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