Fire Forming new Hornet Brass?


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Gary O
September 2, 2011, 02:18 PM
Do you folks think it would be helpful to fire all my new brass before I start load development in my 22 Hornet? Thanks...

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medalguy
September 2, 2011, 04:19 PM
No but I would definitely resize and check length before loading the first time.

GooseGestapo
September 3, 2011, 09:34 AM
"Maybe".
I've had a couple of "Hornets" that due to "sloppy" chambers, shot better with full-length sized brass. This way, the cartridge "lays" in the chamber the same way every shot instead of being "forced" into an out of alignment orientation, different for each cartridge due to in-concentric cases from being fired in a a "buldged" chamber....

You'll just have to shoot and load for YOUR rifle to decide.

Good luck, I'm still "tinkering" with the Hornet after my first one in 1975......
36yrs and counting.....

loadedround
September 3, 2011, 10:10 AM
Owning two Hornets I would say no also. Hornet case life is so short, don't work your brass any more than necessary. Running new brass through a FL sizing die should not hurt your brass however.

dahermit
September 3, 2011, 11:15 AM
If you are going to neck-size only, then yes. If you are going to full-length size each time, then no.
My priority with any center-fire is accuracy. Therefore, I use Lee collet neck sizing dies exclusively. Neck sizing will extend the life of the brass...which is very thin in this cartridge anyway.

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