22 Hornet Ammo

The .22 Hornet has been a great small game and varmint cartridge since its introduction. It was also used as a survival rifle cartridge for military aircrew members. The .22 Hornet remains popular for its accuracy and performance on small to medium sized game.
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  1. Sellier and Bellot 22 Hornet Ammo - 20 Rounds of 45 Grain SP Ammunition

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  2. Hornady 22 Hornet Ammo - 25 Rounds of 35 Grain V-MAX Ammunition

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 94¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 8302
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History of .22 Hornet Ammunition

The .22 Hornet was developed during the 1920’s and put into production in 1930. The cartridge was developed by The Springfield Armory and it is attributed to Townsend Whelen and G.L. Wotkyns as the driving force behind it. The .22 Hornet has been proven as an excellent varmint and predator cartridge. It has also been used in Britain for deer hunting with great success. The mild recoil, good accuracy and relatively low noise level make this an ideal choice for use against vermin in more populated areas.

The .22 Hornet gained notoriety in World War II as it was used by the U.S. Army Air Force in the M4, and later on M6, survival rifles that were issued to aircrew members. The M6 was produced after the war by Springfield Armory in an over and under configuration that was chambered for .22 Hornet and .410 Bore.

The .22 Hornet is a centerfire cartridge is available in 35 to 55 grain weight bullets, most commonly found with soft points and varmint bullets like the V-Max.  Velocities range from 2,600 fps to over 3,000 fps. This gives muzzle energies from 700 to 850 foot pounds of energy when fired from a rifle. The maximum effective range for larger vermin and predators is 150 yards and up to 200 yards for smaller varmints. Some hunters like to use this cartridge for feral hog hunting, but precise shot placement is needed to use the .22 Hornet in this role.

Several manufacturers have offered rifles chambered for the .22 Hornet, it has been offered primarily in single shot and bolt actions. There are also several revolver and single shot pistols that can be found using the .22 Hornet.

Ammunition is not difficult to find in this caliber as most of the major manufacturers offer multiple varieties of the ammunition. The cost of this round is comparable to other ammunition in this category.

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Ben Britton ( Mon, 24 Sep 2012 02:11:04 +0000 ) : Love my Winchester Model 70 22 Hornet. Great gun for groundhogs, coyotes and other vermin. As a deer rifle, as stated above, I want more gun to make a clean kill and for the deer not to suffer. As a survival rifle, I think it's a good all around cartridge. Light weight, decent stopping power and not extremely loud. In an emergency I would hunt a deer with it, but not as a first choice.
Robert Lavallee ( Tue, 02 Oct 2012 04:36:32 +0000 ) : I have m77 22 hornet I love it I have killed 25 deer with it I only shoot them behind the ear droped every one with 1 shot.
Hammer Gosnell ( Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:50:25 +0000 ) : Is a hornet a totally different kind of firearm or is it just ammo?