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i have a .22 hornet and i would like to use it for deer hunting (its legal in my state)what grain of bullet should i use?

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Doesn't matter, its not enough gun for deer. Just because its not illegal doesn't make it ethical.

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from country road wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Give me a minus ding, too, because I agree with Hobob.

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from smallgamehunter25 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Though not ethical, its highly possible to take deer with the .22 centerfires with a headshot (cutting off all bodily funtions quite quickly.) I wouldn't attempt this myself unless it was a dire situation. If you have larger caliber guns I would suggest using those, but I suppose a few guys on computers wouldn't stop everyone from doing something. Take care.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

biggest grain bullet you can find, keep it close, put it right between the eyes.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

scratchgolf?lol...the hornet is not enough gun no matter what grain bullet you use. Anything over 45grs will tumble and yaw terribly too. 50 yard target holes are 1/2" long in paper. Really bad choice

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from slothman wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Shot placement is critical... I hunt deer fairly often with my 220 swift and know many people who hunt with a 22-250 with no problems however both of those cartridges are far more powerful than your hornet... you have to be smart with your shot placement. Use 55 grn bullets hand load bonded bullets or barnes if you can. as far as shot placement is concerned i do not believe that you are confined to head and neck shots as some will lead you to believe... just make sure you shoot well behind the heavy shoulder bones.

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from slothman wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

just for clarification I would not feel comfortable using it... and I think it is a poor choice at best... but it is do-able and its your call... think about it before you pull the trigger on a deer.

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from dtbc333 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

May I ask why you want to hunt deer with a .22 hornet? Certainly not enough power for deer to be ethical IMO.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Not enough gun.

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

It does not matter how well you shoot on paper, you shoot for the head and hit the jaw you have problems. A deers head moves a lot quicker than its body too and is a lot less forgiving even with enough gun.

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from if its brown it... wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

dtbc333 its my only rifle my dad gave it to me when i was a kid

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I will never understand this fascination with wanting to hunt big game with varmint calibers. Use enough gun. When in doubt, error on the side of too much gun. Five pounds of meat lost to too big a hole is better than 100 pounds lost because it ran off and you never found it due to too small a hole.

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from dtbc333 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I have a .22 from my father that I love as well. I use it for squirrel and rabbits. It works great for that. I would suggest you do the same with yours, or even use it for varmints. Buy a more powerful rifle for deer, or a shotgun you can shoot slugs with. Again, just my opinion.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I don't think a person should take up the sport of hunting until he can afford to buy the proper equipment. You could make do with a pair of street shoe instead of boots, but you would soon learn the error of your ways.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Just because its legal doesn't mean its right.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I'm with slothman on this one.
Good idea?
Not necessarily!
Workable solution?
Yes!
Hunting deer with a .22 Hornet is very delicate. Shot placement is "extremely" important!

deerhunterrick
I've been shooting a Handi-rifle in Hornet for over 10 years. The bullet does not tumble, not out of my rifle anyway. My Hornet has probably accounted for more "different" types of game than any other rifle I own, including .22LR!
Deer
Feral Hog
Squirrel
Turkey (several, from 15 to 150 yards)
Coyote
Bobcat
Rabbit
Armadillo
Prairie dog
I'm not fussing, just saying the Hornet is sometimes very "under rated".
It's a "niche" caliber.

Bubba

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

As a Kid growing up on a farm after WWII, the only Gun I had was an OLD Savage 22Hornet it put deer meat on the table meny times! close range and bullit placement is the key...as Bubba sead the 22Horner is under rated...Trade off one Gun for a 30/30 it would give you more range and smack...just saying.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Any centerfire cartridge is legal in my state. I know many old timers who have shot deer with the Hornet for years. I have a Hornet and I don't deer hunt with it but I wouldn't hesitate to hunt with it if it was all that I had. The old guys I know didn't cripple deer they depended on them for food. My Hornet is a CZ and is a tack driver. I had a Ruger and it wouldn't shoot but the CZ is really a shooter. When I would be checking these old timers and suggest to them that the Hornet wasn't enough gun for deer they would just look over their glasses at me and give me " the look". I soon learned not to down grade their Hornets.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I have a family member who has killed a load of deer over the years with a .222 because that's all he had at the time and was deadly with it. I agree with Sarge, the smaller rounds are quite capable, but hardly the best choice. Having said that, I'd like to have a good Hornet, but it wouldn't see the deer woods.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

First Bubba,
Of the two rifles in .22 hornet that I have owned (H&H Rook Rifle, M77 Ruger) I have not had bullets to pitch or yaw from 40 grain to 60 grainers. Ole Rick might consider getting the copper out of the barrel.
That Rook rifle had a 28" heavy octagonal bbl and was a shooter. It sounded about like a .22 short going off and I used it to dispatch some neighborhood deer that were becoming a pest, so it will work, but it sure is not my choice of a deer whacker.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

RES, if I'm meat "hongry", I wouldn't grab the Hornet either. I'd have my No. 1 .270 Win. It's a real meat auger!
My experience with my Hornet has been that it's VERY finicky when it comes to reloads. Normally, I would have ditched any gun that was that particular. I finally came up with a load of 9.75grs Herco 2400 and a Sierra 45gr SP. It works handsomely!
Like I say, the Hornet is a "niche" gun. They are great for popping the occasional deer that's eating up the apples in granny's back yard, but I'd hate to know that's "all" I had to harvest deer with. I have "taken" the Hornet "deer" hunting, but the deer I've taken, were targets of opportunity rather than desired game.

Bubba

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

why use a pellet gun. my grandpa hunted with a 270 for years sold it then bought a 22-250 he killed deer with it but one morning he shot a big 8 point with it found blood but never the deer then we got trail cam photos of it with a bullet hole through the middle of the neck. if i was you id save up for a 270 or a 30-06 or even a 12 ga or 20 ga slug gun or you can hunt with a pellet gun and shoot at the deer of a lifetime and either injure it and get away or hear about some guy finding the biggest buck he's ever seen dead around your hunting property

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

If you are comparing the .22 Hornet to a pellet gun it is obvious you have no experience with the .22 Hornet. My CZ will put 5 45 grain Winchester bullets at 100 yards in a target the size of a quarter. Not bad for a gun that most people say won't shoot. I have never had one that tumbles or turns or whatever one said it did. You couldn't haul in a tri-axle dumptruck the deer that an older fellow in my home county has killed with a .22 Hornet. It is not a quality deer rifle but in capable hands it can be done and done well. It is not for most people. A lot of older people around years ago killed alot of deer with a .218 Bee.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

The Hornet was popular with the Inuit indians of Alaska. They could shoot walrus and seals and not upset the entire herd with one shot, giving them the opportunity to take more than one animal.

Bubba

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Doesn't matter, its not enough gun for deer. Just because its not illegal doesn't make it ethical.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I will never understand this fascination with wanting to hunt big game with varmint calibers. Use enough gun. When in doubt, error on the side of too much gun. Five pounds of meat lost to too big a hole is better than 100 pounds lost because it ran off and you never found it due to too small a hole.

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from country road wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Give me a minus ding, too, because I agree with Hobob.

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from slothman wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Shot placement is critical... I hunt deer fairly often with my 220 swift and know many people who hunt with a 22-250 with no problems however both of those cartridges are far more powerful than your hornet... you have to be smart with your shot placement. Use 55 grn bullets hand load bonded bullets or barnes if you can. as far as shot placement is concerned i do not believe that you are confined to head and neck shots as some will lead you to believe... just make sure you shoot well behind the heavy shoulder bones.

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from slothman wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

just for clarification I would not feel comfortable using it... and I think it is a poor choice at best... but it is do-able and its your call... think about it before you pull the trigger on a deer.

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from dtbc333 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

May I ask why you want to hunt deer with a .22 hornet? Certainly not enough power for deer to be ethical IMO.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Not enough gun.

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from Hobob wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

It does not matter how well you shoot on paper, you shoot for the head and hit the jaw you have problems. A deers head moves a lot quicker than its body too and is a lot less forgiving even with enough gun.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I'm with slothman on this one.
Good idea?
Not necessarily!
Workable solution?
Yes!
Hunting deer with a .22 Hornet is very delicate. Shot placement is "extremely" important!

deerhunterrick
I've been shooting a Handi-rifle in Hornet for over 10 years. The bullet does not tumble, not out of my rifle anyway. My Hornet has probably accounted for more "different" types of game than any other rifle I own, including .22LR!
Deer
Feral Hog
Squirrel
Turkey (several, from 15 to 150 yards)
Coyote
Bobcat
Rabbit
Armadillo
Prairie dog
I'm not fussing, just saying the Hornet is sometimes very "under rated".
It's a "niche" caliber.

Bubba

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

As a Kid growing up on a farm after WWII, the only Gun I had was an OLD Savage 22Hornet it put deer meat on the table meny times! close range and bullit placement is the key...as Bubba sead the 22Horner is under rated...Trade off one Gun for a 30/30 it would give you more range and smack...just saying.

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from smallgamehunter25 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Though not ethical, its highly possible to take deer with the .22 centerfires with a headshot (cutting off all bodily funtions quite quickly.) I wouldn't attempt this myself unless it was a dire situation. If you have larger caliber guns I would suggest using those, but I suppose a few guys on computers wouldn't stop everyone from doing something. Take care.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

scratchgolf?lol...the hornet is not enough gun no matter what grain bullet you use. Anything over 45grs will tumble and yaw terribly too. 50 yard target holes are 1/2" long in paper. Really bad choice

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I don't think a person should take up the sport of hunting until he can afford to buy the proper equipment. You could make do with a pair of street shoe instead of boots, but you would soon learn the error of your ways.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Any centerfire cartridge is legal in my state. I know many old timers who have shot deer with the Hornet for years. I have a Hornet and I don't deer hunt with it but I wouldn't hesitate to hunt with it if it was all that I had. The old guys I know didn't cripple deer they depended on them for food. My Hornet is a CZ and is a tack driver. I had a Ruger and it wouldn't shoot but the CZ is really a shooter. When I would be checking these old timers and suggest to them that the Hornet wasn't enough gun for deer they would just look over their glasses at me and give me " the look". I soon learned not to down grade their Hornets.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

If you are comparing the .22 Hornet to a pellet gun it is obvious you have no experience with the .22 Hornet. My CZ will put 5 45 grain Winchester bullets at 100 yards in a target the size of a quarter. Not bad for a gun that most people say won't shoot. I have never had one that tumbles or turns or whatever one said it did. You couldn't haul in a tri-axle dumptruck the deer that an older fellow in my home county has killed with a .22 Hornet. It is not a quality deer rifle but in capable hands it can be done and done well. It is not for most people. A lot of older people around years ago killed alot of deer with a .218 Bee.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

The Hornet was popular with the Inuit indians of Alaska. They could shoot walrus and seals and not upset the entire herd with one shot, giving them the opportunity to take more than one animal.

Bubba

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

biggest grain bullet you can find, keep it close, put it right between the eyes.

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from if its brown it... wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

dtbc333 its my only rifle my dad gave it to me when i was a kid

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from dtbc333 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I have a .22 from my father that I love as well. I use it for squirrel and rabbits. It works great for that. I would suggest you do the same with yours, or even use it for varmints. Buy a more powerful rifle for deer, or a shotgun you can shoot slugs with. Again, just my opinion.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

I have a family member who has killed a load of deer over the years with a .222 because that's all he had at the time and was deadly with it. I agree with Sarge, the smaller rounds are quite capable, but hardly the best choice. Having said that, I'd like to have a good Hornet, but it wouldn't see the deer woods.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

First Bubba,
Of the two rifles in .22 hornet that I have owned (H&H Rook Rifle, M77 Ruger) I have not had bullets to pitch or yaw from 40 grain to 60 grainers. Ole Rick might consider getting the copper out of the barrel.
That Rook rifle had a 28" heavy octagonal bbl and was a shooter. It sounded about like a .22 short going off and I used it to dispatch some neighborhood deer that were becoming a pest, so it will work, but it sure is not my choice of a deer whacker.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

RES, if I'm meat "hongry", I wouldn't grab the Hornet either. I'd have my No. 1 .270 Win. It's a real meat auger!
My experience with my Hornet has been that it's VERY finicky when it comes to reloads. Normally, I would have ditched any gun that was that particular. I finally came up with a load of 9.75grs Herco 2400 and a Sierra 45gr SP. It works handsomely!
Like I say, the Hornet is a "niche" gun. They are great for popping the occasional deer that's eating up the apples in granny's back yard, but I'd hate to know that's "all" I had to harvest deer with. I have "taken" the Hornet "deer" hunting, but the deer I've taken, were targets of opportunity rather than desired game.

Bubba

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

why use a pellet gun. my grandpa hunted with a 270 for years sold it then bought a 22-250 he killed deer with it but one morning he shot a big 8 point with it found blood but never the deer then we got trail cam photos of it with a bullet hole through the middle of the neck. if i was you id save up for a 270 or a 30-06 or even a 12 ga or 20 ga slug gun or you can hunt with a pellet gun and shoot at the deer of a lifetime and either injure it and get away or hear about some guy finding the biggest buck he's ever seen dead around your hunting property

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Just because its legal doesn't mean its right.

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