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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-22-2019, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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A guy that comes in a shop I'm in pretty often asked if I'd be interested in his handi 22 hornet. I told him I would be, he's gonna drop it off for me to look at. Haven't had a handi in several years....what kinda accuracy should I maybe expect(realizing all don't shoot the same). And I might need those disassembly instructions to mess with the typically not good triggers.
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See the Trigger work section of the FAQs sticky.

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Had one once...was very accurate shooter. Had the trigger worked which made it even better. Mine had a 1:9 twist which let me shoot heaver than normal bullets. Also have a Ruger and a Browning 22 Hornet so eventually traded in the H&R. You'll enjoy the gun...
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Mine does mostly about 1 1/2", on good days approaching 1".
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My 22 Hornet Handi Rifle was one of the worst shooting Handi Rifles I have ever owned, until I started reloading for it. Bought a Lee Classic Loader for it and the groups tightened right up.

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I bought a 22 hornet barrel in the H&R classifieds and the first load I tried was the 58gn RCBS with gc and lube and 4.3gn of Unique with small pistol primer was about an inch at 50 yards.
I also tried j-bullets in the 45gn Speer over some AA#9 powder (I think it was 9gn but not sure) and rifle primer. It made a ragged hole at 50 yards repeatedly so I ose those as my go to loads.
I canít believe those barrels been that accurate; but they are if you do your part.
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Forgot to ask:
What would be the rifling rate of mine barrel in 22 hornet?
It is an ejector barrel and has an SB2 marking.
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Forgot to ask:
What would be the rifling rate of mine barrel in 22 hornet?
It is an ejector barrel and has an SB2 marking.
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Twist rates are in the FAQs, 1:12" most likely, although if it was made around 2007 it may also be 1:9", but that usually applies only to extractor barrels.

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Forgot to ask:
What would be the rifling rate of mine barrel in 22 hornet?
It is an ejector barrel and has an SB2 marking.
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You can check it yourself. Use a tight patch on a cleaning rod, start it in the chamber pulling toward the muzzle. As soon as the rod starts to turn, stop pulling and put a dot with a marks-a-lot on your cleaning rod, right at the muzzle of the barrel. Then slowly pull the rod toward the muzzle, and when the dot rotates back around to the same position it was in when you made the mark, stop. Measure from your muzzle to the dot, and there is your twist rate. It should be accurate enough to tell you within an inch what the twist rate is. Depending on your capabilities... it might not be accurate enough to show whether yours is 8 1/2 or 9, but it should easily tell you if you have a 9 or 11.
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I am going to give it a try and find out.
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