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Old June 25, 2013, 04:01 PM   #26
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I'm always careful and work up my loads but just curious is it even possible to overcharge a case using Lil Gun when handloading the 22 Hornet ? It sounds like the starting load data is near full or slightly compressed already in the small case using Lil Gun and the pressures are plenty below the standard ! I must reload for this caliber the price of most factory ammo is ridiculous for such a little round !
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Old June 25, 2013, 09:31 PM   #27
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Sierra still offers .223 diameter bullets for the hornet. Generally any post WWII rifle should have a .224 groove diameter. The only rifles you would likely encounter with the smaller diameter are the winchester model 43 and the savage 23D, and I haven't seen either one in a long time. I did see a winchester 43 quite a few years ago, chambered for .218 bee. It was in pristine condition and the price was jaw dropping.

The new browning low walls certainly have a .224 groove diameter.
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Old June 26, 2013, 05:49 AM   #28
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Those early pre WWII Hornets used .223 barrels mostly because they utilized rechambered .22 rimfire barrels in those rifles, or so I hear. Modern Hornets all shoot .224 bullets like hammie said.
The original 1 in 16 twist was also a rimfire barrel holdover. My Ruger has a 1 in 14 twist, very likely your Low Wall does also.
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Old June 26, 2013, 09:39 AM   #29
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@B.L.E.: Interesting. I didn't know that. I always learn something everytime I come here.
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Old June 28, 2013, 08:10 AM   #30
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My absolute favorite round... reloading is really simple.

I use Remington or Winchester brass / small pistol primer / 12.8 gr Lilgun/ Sierra 45gr [#1210] bullets. Light crimp with Lee factory crimp die.

Out of my 1951 Winchester mdl 43 this shoots 1/2 to 3/4 inch groups all day long [100yards].

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Old June 28, 2013, 09:23 PM   #31
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That's a nice rifle and chambering. .223 might have been a good choice too. but, your gun is quite fine. Prices of preloaded ammo will eventually come down. And reloading supplies will be more available someday, but it may not be until after the 2014 or even 2016 elections...
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