At the small end of the .22 centrefire spectrum, the .22 Hornet is mild shooting, accurate and effective to 175 yards on small game. Image QUORA

LIL’GUN In The .22 Hornet


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Hodgdon L'il Gun Propellent is one of the best performing powders in the .22 Hornet.
Hodgdon L’il Gun Propellent is one of the best performing powders in the .22 Hornet.

Q: I’ve been told that Hodgdon’s LIL’GUN is a good powder in the .22 Hornet so I have bought three canisters of it. Can you suggest some load data for it with the 35gn V-Max, 40gn Speer, Barnes 45gn X-bullet, and 50gn Sierra? What can you tell me about LIL’GUN?
Rodney Hatfield

At the small end of the .22 centrefire spectrum, the .22 Hornet is mild shooting, accurate and effective to 175 yards on small game. Image QUORA
At the small end of the .22 centrefire spectrum, the .22 Hornet is mild shooting, accurate and effective to 175 yards on small game. Image QUORA

A: LIL’GUN is a ball powder which was developed primarily for .410 shotshells where it is ideal. It’s burning rate puts it in the category of W-296 and Alliant 2400. When it is used with a 45gn bullet in the .22 Hornet, it gives about 150fps more velocity than factory rounds at the same pressure and about 200fps more than other powders used for handloading again at the same pressure. It fills the Hornet case nicely with recommended charges. You can use the same 13gn charge of LIL’GUN behind the 35gn V-Max, the 40gn Speer, 45gn Barnes and 50gn Sierra, as well as the 55gn Hornady. Muzzle velocities taken in a 24-inch barrel are: 2842, 2826, 2780, 2715, and 2650 fps respectively.


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Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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