.22 Hornet, sell it or hold on to?


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Grmlin
January 4, 2013, 04:19 PM
Have a dilemma, I own a Ruger MK77 22 hornet that I have never fired and have had it for over 11 years. Honestly don't know why I haven't used it I always wanted one. .223 has been cheaper for me to use. I would like to get a rifle chambered to match my .357 pistols (can also use .38 like the wife's carry). Multiple frames that use the same ammo, reduce the various types of ammo needed. Afraid if I sell it I'll regret it, even though I have never used it, and would not be able to afford another one at the prices they are at. Sorry just needed to vent a little.

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LordDunsany
January 4, 2013, 04:55 PM
Unless you are a collector or are saving item(s) to pass on to your heirs, anything shelved more than a year and not fired should be disposed of. I am speaking from experience.

Last year I passed on to relatives all the firearms I had collected over the years, saving only those that I shoot on a regular basis. Gained a lot of room and some peace of mind, knowing that they will all be put to good use.

I would rather see my heirs get enjoyment from them now while I'm around to see it.

Ron in Texas

ball3006
January 4, 2013, 09:52 PM
Keep it. I have always one a Hornet but never bought one. I missed a nice Martini Henry in 22 hornet many years ago and have regretted it ever since....chris3

PabloJ
January 4, 2013, 09:59 PM
Have a dilemma, I own a Ruger MK77 22 hornet that I have never fired and have had it for over 11 years. Honestly don't know why I haven't used it I always wanted one. .223 has been cheaper for me to use. I would like to get a rifle chambered to match my .357 pistols (can also use .38 like the wife's carry). Multiple frames that use the same ammo, reduce the various types of ammo needed. Afraid if I sell it I'll regret it, even though I have never used it, and would not be able to afford another one at the prices they are at. Sorry just needed to vent a little.
Trying to think.....what is good about the .22 hornet in bolt gun besides the fact that it does not make lot of noise.:confused: Utopia....I know, absolutely nothing.:rolleyes: I would get rid of it.

Onward Allusion
January 4, 2013, 10:26 PM
Hmmm .22 Hornet -vs- .357/38 lever action...which would be more useful, easier to reload, or have more ammo available... Hmmm :D

TexasPatriot.308
January 4, 2013, 10:37 PM
if you own any firearms, unless you want to profit, this is not the time to sell in my opinion. just my opinion.

Abel
January 4, 2013, 10:51 PM
Rifles that don't get shot? Send her to a new home.

cfullgraf
January 4, 2013, 11:36 PM
The one who dies with the most guns win!:) i'd keep it.

The 22 Hornet is a fun little cartridge for critters. No recoil, not much report, good out to 150 yards or more and reloading is easier than many say.

I will not give my 22 Hornet up.

Dr. A
January 5, 2013, 08:18 PM
I would sell it. I have the stainless version, and love it. I use it for prairie dogs and coyotes. I also have the 223, 22-250 and 204.(among many others). Its miserly and cheap to shoot. A true reloaders dream. If you don't reload, get rid of it. The edge it gives me on prairie dogs is not range, but quiet lethality. It doesn't send all the dogs down the burrows like everything else!

dugasgunner
January 5, 2013, 11:07 PM
Althought the Hornet is on of my favorite, if you don't use it, sell it to someone who will shoot it. JMHO.

Swampman
January 6, 2013, 02:33 AM
Although I fully understand the economics of the situation (i.e. selling a weapon as the quickest and easiest way to finance another weapon), I pretty much gave up on the practice years ago.
Almost every time that I've parted with a weapon for this reason, sooner or later, I've come to regret the decision.
On the other hand, I've given away quite a few weapons of various sorts to relatives, friends and the kids of friends without a trace of remorse.

I had a 9mm Makarov that I really never shot, it was a nice enough little pistol, but when I went shooting, it was generally left behind in favor of a Browning, SIG or Kimber. I considered selling it, but finally gave it to a retired friend on a fixed income that really needed a pistol. I could have sold it to help finance another purchase, but I know I would have regretted it.

Giving it away was the best move I could have made, I feel better knowing that he and his wife have the means to protect themselves and I've probably shot it twice as much since I gave it away two years ago than I did in the 20+ years that I owned it.

I fixed up and then gave away an old, slightly "Bubba'd" 93 Mauser to the son of a friend, I honestly didn't ever do anything with the rifle anymore except clean it occasionally, but with any luck, someday he'll kill his first deer with it.
As with the Mak, I shoot it more now than when I owned it, even though I only see them a couple of times a year.

I could have used the money from selling those and a number of other items to help purchase the latest "must have" item, but honestly, I'm usually able to save up and eventually purchase most of the things I really want (within reason, no MIG 29 for me :( ).

Obviously, your course of action is for you alone to decide (plus, let's face it, your Hornet's worth a good deal more cash than any one item I've ever given away), but since you asked for opinions/guidance, I'll recommend giving it away to someone who'll use and appreciate it (and hopefully grant visitation rights :D )!

45crittergitter
January 25, 2013, 06:04 PM
I would consider rebarrelling it to .17 Hornet, which I bet you would have fun with.

hueyville
January 25, 2013, 06:39 PM
Put glass on it, shoot it, then kick yourself for waiting so long to do it. My Hornets are some of my favorite guns to shoot. I have two rifles in it and a Taurus 7 shot Raging Hornet pistol. They are just quiet enough to snipe varmints in the back yard while being powerful enough for accurate and clean kills at long range. Squirrels and ground hogs all over the Southeast have nightmares about the stories that have passed through the generations of vermin about my Hornets. Try it, you will love it.

P.S. I bought a 17 hornet and if the wind is kicking, have to put it on the shelf. Side by side I personally think the 22 is more accurate under varying conditions.

TexasPatriot.308
January 25, 2013, 11:05 PM
if you are gonna sell it, I will buy it.

ApacheCoTodd
January 25, 2013, 11:11 PM
The only reason you're even posting this is because... "I own a Ruger MK77 22 hornet that I have never fired and have had it for over 11 years."

I get looking at a decade long relationship highlighted by non-performance being a reason to evaluate keeping on - but - doggonit man, shoot that thing! That's the most addictive caliber I've ever come across in a long gun.

Effective, quiet, minimal recoil, effective and quiet too.

InkEd
January 25, 2013, 11:13 PM
Dump it and buy a nice lever action.

TexasPatriot.308
January 25, 2013, 11:14 PM
I got a .22 hornet in a Ruger No.3....worth holding on to.

hogshead
January 25, 2013, 11:16 PM
Seen one go for $600 2 weeks ago. You could get a mighty nice lever gun for that.

Grmlin
January 26, 2013, 11:32 AM
Thanks for all the comments for both sides of the argument. So many people have said it is one of the most fun rounds to shoot, is one of the reasons I find it hard to let go of it. I wish I reloaded because I haven't found the ammo for less than a dollar a round in my area. I have been looking at acquiring a lever action in 38/357 Mag, so far the only one I can find in my price range is a Rossi.

benEzra
January 26, 2013, 11:55 AM
I hate to sell guns too, but financial realities being what they are, it often comes down to either selling a gun you don't shoot to finance buying one you will shoot, or else just not shooting. In that case, sell it and get something you'll enjoy. And if someone else who has been jonesing for a .22 Hornet buys it, they'll enjoy it more than you currently are.

Vern Humphrey
January 26, 2013, 01:04 PM
The first thing I'd do is shoot it -- and not just at the range. Take it ground hog or crow hunting. Then, if you haven't fallen in love with it, sell it.

Grmlin
January 26, 2013, 01:12 PM
I think I'll take it up to Ohio this summer and give it a try on some paper and critters and then decide like has been suggested.

alsaqr
January 26, 2013, 01:40 PM
In the past years 35 years numerous .38/.357 lever action rifles have come and gone from my gun safes. None of those rifles met my standards for accuracy. In that time all of my .22 Hornet rifles have stayed with me and i've bought several more.

Scope that nice Ruger gun and shoot it.

hueyville
January 26, 2013, 07:16 PM
I have half a dozen or more lever guns in the vaults. That said, last time I shot one was 20 years ago. I just seem to always have something more specialized for whatever task that presents itself. Comparing a .357 lever gun to a bolt action hornet is apples and oranges. or a used truck to a C6 Corvette. I will never sell any of my lever guns as the ones I own have sentimental reasons for keeping. A couple, are 20 plus year old NIB and one is a pre '64 1894 in 99% condition. Better to buy a new one to shoot than devalue the ones that are so clean. Put good glass on the hornet and look for some of the 50 round boxes of ammo. A local shop has 50 round boxes of hornet on the shelf even now at 35.00 per box. That is 70 cents per round. If you reload or know someone trustworthy that does, you can roll your own for just over a dime.

Ditchtiger
January 26, 2013, 07:23 PM
anything shelved more than a year and not fired should be disposed of.
Oh good lord, I will be cleaning guns forever to keep in line with that comment.

witchhunter
January 26, 2013, 08:23 PM
I too am weak for the .22 Hornet, and agree if you shoot it and still don't like it, then decide. Looks like you won't have any trouble selling it to a member. Try 35 grain VMax. It is quiet and effective. I have an old T/C contender barrel in .17 Ackley Hornet. Fun.

788Ham
January 26, 2013, 11:17 PM
Keep it and shoot it. When you get the .38/357 rifle, you'll probably have trouble finding ammo for that thing too ! Reload and shoot that outfit!

Float Pilot
January 26, 2013, 11:55 PM
I have one that I obtained in a trade. At first I just let her sit.....
Then I tried some hand-loads and saw a challenge....

After a glass bedding job, re-working the bolt, and playing with hand-loads she will shoot groups that are less than half an inch at 100 yards.

I am now in love with the inexpensive to reload 22 Hornet cartridge,,, although after all the work I put into this darn Ruger, I wish I had a CZ in 22 Hornet instead.

Zeke/PA
January 27, 2013, 10:57 AM
I shot my first PA whitetail buck (age 13) with a .22 Hornet under strict supervision of course.
I've owned a Winchester Model 43 for several years and i've taken countless pesky Woodchucks with it in that time.
The Hornet is a tremendous Turkey rifle also.
Ammo is of course expensive but reloads are easy, an alternative and more accurate stuff to boot.
Sadly, the cartridge is another one of the good ones pushed aside by new stuff.
A few years back, my local FFL had a Ruger #1 , .22 Hornet in the rack for $ 600.00 with glass.
I fiddle fooled around and when I made up my mind to buy, the rifle was long gone.
Needless to say, I've been kicking myself since!

SwampWolf
February 1, 2013, 03:48 PM
I would rather see my heirs get enjoyment from them now while I'm around to see it.

I'm fine with them getting it well after I'm gone. My spirit will be with them. :eek:


Quote:
Originally Posted by LordDunsany
anything shelved more than a year and not fired should be disposed of.

Oh good lord, I will be cleaning guns forever to keep in line with that comment.

Boy, ain't that the truth. :o

cougar1717
February 1, 2013, 05:15 PM
I wouldn't sell it - a 22 Hornet is one of those calibers that doesn't sell out when everyone panics. The ammo isn't cheap, but it's available.

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