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So once again so soon after the last 22lr ammo shortage it is once again in short supply and pricy.

Some people just do not learn at all and didn't stock up when the stock arrived and the price went back down to below a dime a shot.

My self I went into a gun store and found no 22 LR ammo to be had but they had sagging shelves of 22 Mag ammo. Got a new Saveage in 22 mag only to have ammo for it to become impoissiable to find too and if you did was so expencive.

Decided then and there I was not going to be held hostage because I owned 22 rim fire arms when it came to squirrel hunting or any other need for a low power round.

I had seen the answer many times when I opened up my Speer reloading manuals but it never accured to me to give the information a try.

I bought yet another 22 rifle, this time in 22 hornet and started reloading the rounds with the reduced load information in the Speer manual.
Wow the hornet at 1500 FPS kills squirrels just as dead as a 22lr at 1500 FPS. could even load it a bit stiffer to 1800 FPS to match 22 mag speed.
Now I reload some of my 220 swift rounds to 22 mag speeds and have the hornet at 22lr speed.
Cost is 8 cents a round for 22 LR speed reloads, and rounded up to 9 cents for 22 mag reloads.

Today how ever you will need to do a good bit of research to down load a 22 center fire speeds. the powder used in the Speer manual is no longer being made and sold.

So unless you have the need to shoot a couple hundred rounds in a hour there are ways to get around the 22 rim fore shortage and beiung held hostage.

You do not even need a 22 hornet or a 220 Swift.
Depending on the Speer reloading manual number you can have a 221 fire ball, a 22 donoldson wasp, a 222 Remington including The 222mag, a 22-250 and any 22 center fire.

Keep in mind how ever you can get caught with your pants down if you do not keep a supply of componants. about 10 years ago rifle primers got hard to find so I keep a very good stock of them. Easier to store than boxes of 22lr ammo boxes.

Bullets get in short supply also and the companys will stop makeing one that just might be your favorite.

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Don’t forget about the .22 Hornet or better yet,.22K Hornet. You don’t even need a lathe to open Hornet up to become K Hornet.
 

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I didn't forget about thre 22 hornet. If you had read the whole post you would have read I bought a 22 hornet. Mostly because I had read about the hornet just for shooting whistle pigs.

How ever there are so many used 223 rifles on the used market that would also be a good one for down loading and a more frugal buy for some one.

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In my 22 Hornet, I have tried AA2200 with a 50gr bullet. It chronographed right at 2100 fps, and the POI was about 1-1.5 below the normal POA. Accuracy was comparable, but had a real dull sounding, quieter report. Might be an option for a 22WMR clone.
 
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