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Been looking around for a gun in .22 Hornet. Everything I've read about the early CZ's that were still made with the BRNO factory stamp has been positive. Never owned a .22 Hornet and will be looking for suggestions as to loads for it. Bullet weight seems to be pretty critical and have been reading good things about the powder "Lil Gun" accuracy with this caliber...

The gun pictured is the newer model with the awful looking hood on the front sight. The one on my gun is more in the order of a Winchester or Marlin hood. ;)



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Never saw much need for the .22Hornet. It was popular in the old days, before the .223, I think. If you are interested in odd calibers, perhaps it is for you. The .223 shoots farther and flatter. It would be my choice for a varmit caliber. ;) Bob
 
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Well Bob,

I might argue that one with you. Then again, not ;)

But the gun has it's good points, including no kick. And here in Maine, the odds of longer range shots are pretty thin ;)

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I think I have some Hornet brass around here,,, someplace,,,
 

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My Dad always shot a Hornet.... used them on crows and chucks in areas where alot of noise was a problem.... as I recall he shot a Sierra 40 bullet and surplus powder he got from the DCM....probably one of the IMR's.... he had several Model 70's and Model 54, but he really loved his Savage 23D and use it to good effect. Sadly, all are gone now.....
 
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Drew,

Wouldn't be cool to present the 'Old Man...with one last Hornet from you and the boy's :)

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Yes Giz it would.... we actually gave him a little Mauser X Hornet and an Early H&R but finding a good Model 70 or even a 54 these days at a realistic price is a little daunting.... I hope to locate a Savage 23D in my travels but so far no joy... we did 'give him back' several guns he sold for beans when I was a young man.... a Remington 8 in .35, a Remington 14 also in .35, a Model 70 in .270, a High Standard HD Military, and this past fall a Blue 4" Combat Magnum..... there's something to be said for the honor of paying respect in this fashion.... it gives back rewards well out of scale with the act.....
 

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I've got a Ruger bolt .22 Hornet and really enjoy shooting it. I put a 4-12x scope on it so I can see the bowling pins at 200 yards! These Rugers are very well made and can be had on the used market for ~$400 or so.
 
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