22 Hornet Ammunition
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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 with velocities ranging from 2,600 fps to over 3,000 fps. This gives muzzle velocities 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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