Opinions on crimp verses non crimp on the 22 hornet.
My Ruger 77/22 in K hornet drives me crazy. I get a 3/4 inch 5 shot group then a couple of inch or inch and a half goups. Then a 2 inch group. Then a 3/8 in 3 shot group. The gun fired a seven shot 7/8 inch group while fire forming. How can a gun have such a spread?Depends on what you are shooting them in. I shot Hornet for years in a TC for Silhouette. Crimping was not needed.
But for a bolt action, I would take a hard look at doing the crimp.
As they say in the movies....Couldn't hurt.
I'm considering a Hornet barrel for my SB2 Handi-Rifle. Now this has me thinking.
Thanks for asking the question.
I would like to hear the long discription if you dont mind. I've had a Micro hunter for the last year. Been loading 13gr of LittleGun with CCI500's.Also use the LFCD. Shoots better then I'm capable of. Guess I need more practice. Thanks, ODYes, a Lee Factory Crimp is a definite help for the Hornet. Short description why: bullet pull.
Long description on request.
I tried some lil gun and blew a primer. I think I was using Win small pistol primers. I was not near the max load. So I am shy of Lil Gun and pistol primers. I have some Rem 6 1/2 primers. Maybe I will try Lil Gun again.Opinions on crimp verses non crimp on the 22 hornet.
I contacted Hodgdons before I read your post, and they cautioned against using pistol primers in the hornet.Been loading the Hornet for more years than I care to remember. Stay away from pistol primers in a rifle cartridge. 4227 used to be my std powder until lilgun came along,,,,,good stuff for the hornet. As long as the rounds will feed
from the mag to the chamber, crimping is not necessary. If you are going to crimp, make sure your cases are trimmed all to the same size. Even a tiny difference in length will make your crimps different from one round to the next
and your groups will open-up too. Fired in the same gun, try sizing just 1/2 of the case neck. The Hornet IS very sensative to different primers. A mild RIFLE primer seems to work best. The Hornet is not the easiest round to make shoot really well, it takes a good rifle and a little extra effort on your part at the bench. I have never had a Hornet rifle or handgun that did very well with factory ammo. The rewards are great, the ole Hornet is a joy to shoot. No recoil to speak of, very little blast and a pound of powder last a VERY long time. By the way....of all the Hornet rifles I have owned, (5) the Ruger 77 gave me the most trouble. Seems like mine had a sloppy bolt lock-up right from the factory. The Cooper and the Browning micro I have now both shoot sub-moa with ease. (unless the wind is really blowing)
Hope this helps........Good luck and Good shooting.....Don in SC