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Old July 8, 2006, 01:12 PM   #1
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Light bullets in .22 Hornet

Let me start by saying I'd classify myself as an "old fudd" reloader. I recently started loading for a Rugerr .22 Hornet I purchased. I'm loading 45 grain Hornady bullets over a charge of 2400. I've noticed there are available 33 & 35 grain bullets that can break the 3000 fps barrier in the Hornet. My main targets are woodchucks, crows, & an occassional coyote.

Do these light bullets offer me anything or are they mainly for prairie dogs, ground squirrels, etc?
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Old July 8, 2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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The 33's look like a better way to get to 100yards, but loose it all back and then some by 150. Comparison of drift numbers on Federal's site make the 33's look like a challenge to use past 100yards on a windy day. I think Noslers 40gr BT's are the best way to stretch the Hornet's legs in terms of bullet drop and x-wind.
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Old July 10, 2006, 11:52 AM   #3
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I'll agree. 33s or 35s are too light. They may get you to 3000, but you lose energy and velocity too fast to be a viable varmintiong bullet. I used to load 45 gr exclusively in my Hormet because the weight gave better trajectory and energy retention out to 200 yds.
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Old July 10, 2006, 12:52 PM   #4
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I agree...40 gr. will drop a coyote just fine.
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