At the shop a week ago I saw an older Model 70, dated to 1938, 4 digit SN. The tag said ‘22 Hornet’. I had an ongoing interest, looked then put a deposit down.
The gun is in fine shape for it’s age, stock in great condition. It did have a few negatives to reduce value as a ‘collector’ piece. The 1st are some German ‘claw’ type scope bases, front soldered in place. They look like great quality, they can stay for now, compatible rings seem problematic.
Another thing came up during test firings. The chamber have been cut to a ‘K’ Hornet, sharper shoulder. The tag didn’t say, consignment sale, doubt the shop owner knew. Reading about it, the K can be an improvement on the cartridge. It’s does take away some value as a collector.
I’ll be set up to load the standard or the K round. I have some older IMR-4227 powder to burn up, I’ll start there. This gun should have the slower 1/16” twist, tighter bore. I’ll use 35 & 40 grain .224 bullets, .223” bullets as available.
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Love the K Hornet! AA1680 and 35gr Hornady V Max have sent many PD's to the promise land
My dad has a 22hornet. His friends gave it to him when we moved from Tampa to the mountains in NC. He’s killed plenty of deer with it (headshots).
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45 Cal, The 33 grain Hornet bullets came today, THANKS a bunch. I have a few 40 grain bullets on the shelf but I’ll definitely start with those quintessential(thanks spell check) Hornet bullets.
I added a single stage press to go with my turret press, reason being some of the shell plates are hard to find. It’s easier to source the single shell holder. I got the Redding ‘Big Boss II’ press. I’ll have follow-on uses.
With the regular Hornet brass, then after firing it turns into ‘K’ brass, I’m set up to load both. Only a little more setup & I’ll get some finished rounds done.
One last wrinkle is a touch of Covid making some rounds. I’m about 3-4 days in, classic symptoms, fairly mild, don’t plan to get tested.
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