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Old February 8, 2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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.22 Hornet Reloading question...

Ok so I just started reloading the .22 Hornet after I stumbled across a Ruger 77/22 chambered in 22. Hornet and COMPLETELY fell in love with this thing. (Why I love it is a whole other post in itself)

Ok so my reloading question is: When I full length size/ neck size, the decapper rod pushes through the flash hole essentially making it bigger causing me to obviously have to deburr for proper seating of the primer. Is this normal? Happens both with my Lee Dies and RCBS Dies. Only have reloaded Hornady Brass. Maybe the flash holes on standard Hornady Factory brass for the Hornet is smaller? Anyone else have flash hole issues with reloading the .22 Hornet?

Also... what's your opinion on Barnes Varmint Grenade bullets? They as accurate as Barnes describes?

Thanks in advance!
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Old February 8, 2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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I have not encountered the problem you describe with either Remington or Winchester .22 Hornet brass using a Lee Collet neck die to size, decap.

My load of choice is: Rem small rifle primer, Reminton brass, Calhoon 45 grain double hollow point bullet over 10.5 of Lil'Gun powder.
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Old February 8, 2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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Hello, SRE. I too handload for this wonderful little ctg. Yes, I have been using the excellent RWS brass..sadly no longer being imported, this has quite small flashholes.
I have gotten in the habbit of de-priming with a seperate base & punch & light plastic mallet for all of my loading..keeps the primer grit out of press & dies. I have made up smaller dia. de-prime punches from #drill shanks.
You might want to chuck up those pins in drill press, or handrill & reduce dia. probably too hard for files, but a coarse hone with oil should do it.
Good luck & have fun with your Hornet!
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