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All rifles are different this we know but some do prefer a certain projectile. Is there any consensus what bullet the the H&R hornet shoots best with, both weight & style of projectile
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45 gr soft point is the standard for the hornet and the only bullet I've shot through mine. PPU ammo is the least cost option and has been very accurate for me.

 

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45 gr soft point is the standard for the hornet and the only bullet I've shot through mine. PPU ammo is the least cost option and has been very accurate for me.

I have some PPU ammo my picatinny rail should arrive in a day or so, I have a lot of those winchester 40 grn hp's that are used in 22 mag ammo they a cheap and worked well in other hornets so will try what's on hand, I also was given 35grn Hornady vmax
 

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Also depends on what Hornet you have. If it's one of the older one's it will have a 1-16 twist and a .221 bore .224 bullets won't work well . I have found that the Sierra 40gr Hornet .223 bullets are about perfect I use Lil gun good to about 100yrds not nearly as accurate as my 5mm though. Mine is a Topper Model BB prefix. The Sierra Hornets are flat base soft points. Kurt
 

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mine is a 158S I believe has a companion 20 gauge barrel and was bought as a set, from s/n I believe 1976
 

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Before I rechambered mine to a K, it really liked the 35g vmax and lil gun. One of the few loadings where I liked lil gun. But after, its groups was now patterns. BUT, 40g Noslers with 4198 and 1680 shot bug holes! 50g Sierra HP & V-Max also shoot very well. Again 1680 powder. Actual powder charges are up to you to prove.
Ol school Winchester 46g HP bullets I bought back when Midway had them by the bag still shoot great too. Both my 218's shoot them very well too.
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My Handi is one of the newer ones with the 1 in 10 twist. While the PPU ammo does shoot well, My hand load of a hornaday 55 gr soft point over a moderate amount of AA 1680 is outstanding. Bout 3/4 inch groups at 100 yards. Just got some Winchester 64 gr soft points and am going to see iffin I can get them to group. Should be bout right to pop a hog or a small deer here in Arkansas.
 

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My Handi is one of the newer ones with the 1 in 10 twist. While the PPU ammo does shoot well, My hand load of a hornaday 55 gr soft point over a moderate amount of AA 1680 is outstanding. Bout 3/4 inch groups at 100 yards. Just got some Winchester 64 gr soft points and am going to see iffin I can get them to group. Should be bout right to pop a hog or a small deer here in Arkansas.
 

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Don't know what I did there but its consistant with how my day has gone so far lol. Thanks for the tips i'm gathering a heap of ammo from mates so will be able to assess what what works, means more time at the bench so not all bad
 

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JoseBob you sure yours is 1-10 twist? Just haven't heard of that before maybe a 1-9, or a 1-12? If it's a 1-9 you may be able to get it as high as 69gr with a real hot powder case life will probly suffer though. I bought some Blackhills 69gr reloads emergency purchase on PD shoot for my 1-9 .223 and they shot very well. Kurt
 
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Johno5mm Hornady makes a .222 40gr Jet bullet I use those in my 22 Jet basically same bbl as my old Hornet. Kurt
 

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I think mine would be 1-12" being 1976, Kurt have never seen that bullet down here, some .223" a buddy had a hornet similar vintage to mine and shot the 35 grn Hornady well

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Basically same soft point flat base as .223
 

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JoseBob you sure yours is 1-10 twist? Just haven't heard of that before maybe a 1-9, or a 1-12? If it's a 1-9 you may be able to get it as high as 69gr with a real hot powder case life will probly suffer though. I bought some Blackhills 69gr reloads emergency purchase on PD shoot for my 1-9 .223 and they shot very well. Kurt
 

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Yes... Sorry it is a 1 in 9 twist. I was distracted while typing. You know, wifey honey do's like now! lol anyway sorry for the confusion it is a 1 in 9 twist.
 

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John I ran across these today. I would be surprised if your Hornet was 1-12 being it's a 1976 my BB 1985 is a 1-16 as is my Rem Jet 1973 but I would need to look to verify yr. Kurt
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Never seen them here they look great might get my friend to post some over. I think most hornets are 1-16" thought I read it on here the earlier H&R hornet was one 1-12" I will measure and be certain
 

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A little update S/N begins with AP=1976 and just measured twist at 1-16". So I am guessing either 0.223" or 0.224" don't think it will make any difference
 
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