I love my hornet too! The biggest game I have shot with it is feral goat using 50gr Sierra Blitz's. The performance was stunning for such a tiny cartridge! That was before changing to Lil'Gun. I now have it shooting Hornady 60gr Spire Points to MOA at 110yds. It does the same with 55gr Nosler BTSP's and Remington bulk 55grainers. Great cartridge!fatercat said:most of the time i don't shoot things on sunday. today a large flock of crows started to clean out my deer corn. two shots two crows. damn i love that gun. quit, no recoil. got an nice 10 or 12 point buck coming in to eat.
Great Shooting! The thing is, we're not supposed to let the world know how effective the hornet really is! ;Dsuper said:The .22 Hornet is one bad mutha. I have been using mine for deer the past 3 years...... a buck I took last year that went 180lbs.
The deer around here haven't evolved into the bullet proof ones I here so much about.
Guy said:There's four pages debating the suitability of the 243 for deer and here you are using the 22 hornet with great success! I'm surprised the flamers haven't turned you to ashes by now. Papere and my uncles took many deer with the 22lr during the depression and the family survived quite nicely. As always, there can be no substitute for a well placed round. Have fun, Guy
I won't be going back to 50gr or 45gr bullets in my hornet. So far, my best groups were with 60gr Hornady's (with exposed lead tip cut off making them 58grs). Very close, was Nosler 55gr BTSP's. The depth of crating in a steel plate with the hornet is astounding! (From 45gr to 60gr/58gr). Penetration of a tree trunk really surprised me (200mm). Performance on a feral goat made me wonder! My shot separated the foreleg from the body on a frontal shot angling into the heart, at the shoulder blade. The leg and shoulder were just held there by the skin. That was with 50gr Sierra's. Now I am using Lil'Gun, and driving Hornady 55gr somewhat faster. I would say the 60gr/58gr Hornady's get about what the 50grs used to.rks1949 said:I've never shot anything (bullets) bigger than a 50gr. in my hornet. I might have to give it a try Ron