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Old June 10, 2001, 07:06 AM   #1
Byron Adams
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22Hornet & 50gr Ballistic Tips

Has anyone loaded the Nosler 50 grain Ballisyic Tip in a 22 Hornet rifle? If so, what has been the 100 yard accuracy? I plan to use Olin 296
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Old June 11, 2001, 11:09 AM   #2
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22 Hornet & 50 grain BT

Good afternoon, After reloading for the Hornet for awhile I would like to suggest an idea. I think that the Hornet operates better with 40 grainers if you are looking for explosive performance. Perhaps 13 grains of LIl Gun powder and a rem 6 1/2 primer or Winc Small rifle primer would be good loads with the 40 grainer. Another good bullet is the 40 grain Sierra Blitzking. For a harder bullet the Hornady 45 grains Hornet which is a spitzer is a good one according to S. Frame.
The reason for the powder recomendations is that this relativley new powder is better in many instances than most of the older powders. Much less pressure , longer case life, better accuracy and believe it or not 150 FPS more. I know it sounds like magic. try it for yourself.
Lots of luck
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Old June 11, 2001, 07:17 PM   #3
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Depends on your vintage of Hornet. If you have an early Hornet such as a Model 23 Savage you probably have a 16' twist and a .222 bore, and will probably find the 50 gr BT's won't shoot well.

Modern offerings such as the M77 Ruger use a 14" twist and same bore as others 22's which make the 50 gr BT a player.

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Old June 13, 2001, 07:37 AM   #4
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22Hornet and 50 garin Ballistic Tips

Thank you for your response. I have my homework now. Of interest, I am shooting in a New England single shot. I put a 6 power Leupold on it and fired remington 45 gr HP just to get brass. The Remington ammo was grouping about an inch at a 100.
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Old June 13, 2001, 01:41 PM   #5
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I think recent NEF's use the modern .224 standard but use the old 16" twist. 40 to 45 grs are your best bet. 50- 55 gr flat base spitzers will probably do ok also. Boat tails in that range or heavier may start to keyhole on you.

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