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  • #16
    Tree...you don't mean it! You sold your .358 Win? I was just out shooting mine the other day with some 200 gr Hornady loads.

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    • #17
      Hey WAM...Yes just like in the Godfather, He made me an offer, I could not turn Down.

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      • #18
        I don't know if it was the "best" deal I ever made, but it's been a.real joy.
        I've always had a "thing" for old or outdated cartridges. At an old, soon to close Gibson's, they must have had 50 NEF's in .22 Hornet. A base and rings hold an antique Weaver K-4 held in reserve.
        Accuracy wise, it's a bit finicky. After 20/25 shots I have to "scrub" the bore and it takes two fouling shots to complete the chore to restore accuracy.
        I have taken a wider variety of game with it than any other firearms I own.
        From deer (target of opportunity, not actually deer hunting!) turkey, feral hogs, 'yotes, right on down to squirrels and frogs. It's just a lot of fun.

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        • #19
          I had a Ruger .22 Hornet that didn't shoot very well. I sold it and bought a CZ in .22 Hornet. I was shocked at how well the CZ .22 Hornet shot. The .22 Hornet was never really known as a tack driver but mine is. I was amazed at how this rifle performs.

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          • #20
            Sarge,
            I have a Ruger #3 in .22 Hornet (my second #3 in .22 Hornet) and I haven't been able to coax much more than mediocre accuracy out of it. Years ago, I used a friend's Winchester Model 43 bolt action in .22 Hornet, and it was very accurate, so I didn't know quite what to make of it. The Ruger #3 has been devastating on ground squirrels and jackrabbits with Hornady and Nosler bullets, but no more accurate than my .30-30 lever action. I should make a comparative check of the rate of twist of the CZ and the Ruger #3. Only recently, with 35 grain V-Max bullets, has the Ruger #3 given me praiseworthy accuracy, but I rarely use it beyond 50 yards because the sagebrush is too dense for longer shots and too high for the prone, sitting of kneeling positions. I zero at the bench, but all my shooting afield is usually done in the standing position.
            Every CZ rifles I've examined looks well built to me. It appears I've got some homework to do!

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            • #21
              I have a .22 CZ, a 17HMR CZ, a .22 Hornet CZ and a .223 CZ and they are all great shooters. My Hornet shoots Winchester 45 grain Hollow Points into a 3/4 inch group at 100 yards. My Ruger wouldn't shoot a 3 inch group at that distance. I shot 25 rounds of 17 HMR into a target at 50 yards and it looks like a .22 hole.

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              • #22
                EJP, Sarge

                One reason for my NEF Hornet was because I reload. I had heard, more than once, the Hornet was a resl stickler to load for.
                First, I opted for a "mid-range" bullet, loading Sierra's 45 gr PSP.
                Second, I'm a KISS (keep it simple stupid!) person. I load all my "metallics with two powders.
                IMR 4895 and Herco 2400.
                It took some doing and lots of different loads, but my rifle prefers 9.75 grs of 2400.
                The Hornet is an absolute blast to load for!

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                • #23
                  FirstBubba,
                  I certainly enjoy shooting the .22 Hornet! And it performs well on small game. I have about 200 brass cases, and I'll process a few this Saturday. Thank you for the recommendation.

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                  • #24
                    EJP
                    In the last year or two, Texas has made small bore rifles legal for "Spring Turkey". Certainly wish my state would do likewise. I absolutely LOVE the Hornet on turkeys!
                    At this point, rifles are legal ONLY for toms in the fall here!
                    Sure is irritating to watch that tom hang up at 60/70 yards and blow your hair back gobbling and strutting! LOL!

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                    • #25
                      Here in WV rifles are legal for spring and fall turkey hunting. The .22 Hornet is my turkey hunting rifle. Perfect, not too powerful but enough to get the job done.

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                      • #26
                        EJP
                        As an aside!
                        I have the little green RCBS powder funnel. My Hornet cases protrude up beyond the mouth of the funnel making it difficult to get ALL the powder into the case. With a charge like 9.75grs, it doesn't take but a few flakes to be off.
                        I took my youngest daughter to see a doctor one day and sitting in the waiting room, I noticed the little black, disposable, gizmos they use to look into your ears. WOW! A funnel that fits INTO the Hornet case mouth!
                        The black "thingie" fits into the case mouth and the RCBS funnel fits very well into the "thingie"! No powder loss!

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