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Cheap .22 Hornet rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by wlewisiii, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking strongly about getting a .22 Hornet rifle by the end of summer as my 50th birthday present to myself.

    I'll have a very small budget to work with. $500 would be very high for me though I do have a Weaver K4 for the optics side of it.

    Cheapest is the Handi-Rifle. Pluses? Minuses?
    Next up is the Savage 25WV. Again?
    Other cheap options?

    If I could, I'd get a CZ 527 or a Ruger #1 and be done but, alas, that's not going to happen unless I hit the lotto sometime soon. So making lemonade from lemons is the best I can try for.

    Tips, hints, ideas, etc?

  2. frankenstein406

    frankenstein406 Well-Known Member

    savage over under usually see them around 350 depending what combo is what I'd do.
  3. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Try your local Gun Show,If you have one. Never know what will turn up at one.
  4. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    IMO, you will be hard pressed to find a better rifle for the money than the Handi-rifle. They seem to be especially accurate with rimmed cartridges like the 22 hornet, 30-30 and others.
    As others have mention, your time line should give you a chance to look around or check classified ads, because you never know when you will find a bargain that fits your needs.

  5. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Well-Known Member

    Handi rifle = no compromise

    I have one in .17 HMR, call the Sportster I think. Bull barrel, synthetic stock. I put a good Leupold variable on it. Sudden death on ground squirrels, very accurate. There's a used one in .22 Hornet at my LGS for $150. Been restocked Mannlicher style. Tempted me. I don't think you would be disappointed in the Handi.
  6. ghitch75

    ghitch75 Well-Known Member

    if you see another in 22 Hornet/12g for 350 pm me.....cheapest i'v seen is 600 and up!!!

    to the OP....get a handi Hornet!!!.....i have had a H&R for over 30 years...gave 80 buc's for it back then......i can't count everything a have killed with it......

    to look for a SAVAGE 342 A .22 HORNET bolt gun.....i have one too.....they can be had for around 400...
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013
  7. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the information. I found this page indicating they still do accessory barrels: http://www.hr1871.com/support/accessoryprogram.asp so that's another big plus in it's favor. Pity they don't have .38-55 on the list though a .45-70 could be fun to have at the other end from the Hornet :cool:
  8. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Fairly inexpensive, and shoots reasonably well.

    Ruger 77/22 .22 Hornet

  9. dagger dog

    dagger dog Well-Known Member

    The Savages are worth the $$$$. I have an older Model 40 Varmint Hunter (single shot Mdl 25) the accutrigger and heavy 24" bbl gives excellent accuracy ,7/8" 20 shot group with handloads.
  10. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    I have a Savage 219 in .22 Hornet and it's fantastic on coyotes. Very accurate and pretty lightweight.
  11. splithoof

    splithoof Well-Known Member

    The Handi Rifle works well for my daughter (15). The beauty of a simple, reliable design is fun to get back to, and it has proven very accurate. When we found it, it had a .243 barrel. Sending it back to the factory for fitting .223 & .308 barrels took about two weeks, door to door. Now she has a decent rifle for big and small game, all in one package.
    We considered a Hornet barrel, but with a good stash of .223 it made more sense to chamber what we can load for.
    You will be happy with the H&R; now I would like another one.
  12. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    Splithoof, my plan right now is similar but different :) .22 Hornet to start with and a .45-70 barrel later. I only wish there were 7x57 barrels available for it; I'd swoon with pleasure then... ;)
  13. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    I shot a .22 Hornet Handi-Rifle the other day. Hit a pop can @ 100 yards twice in a row. This is with 62 YO eyes shooting off hand.

    I had a Ruger 77/22 in Hornet. Never could get it to shoot well enough to suit me.

    My next one will be a CZ.
  14. splithoof

    splithoof Well-Known Member

    Could you get a barrel chambered in another 7mm cartridge fitted by the factory, and then have a gunsmith ream out the chamber to 7X57? Perhaps the 7mm-08? I do not know much about 7mm cartridge measurements, perhaps others may know about this. That may be a lot of trouble, but if you want it, you want it.
    The .45-70 is loads of fun in that gun; I tried one out that had the barrel shortened to 16": it kicked, barked, and spit a decent flame, but it sure was fun. Especially at night.
  15. bubba15301

    bubba15301 Well-Known Member

    coyote 3855- might not be a new stock could be a a model 157 came witha mannlicher stock my brother had one in .22 mag with the mannlicher stock
  16. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    I have a Handi Rifle .22 Hornet, the heavy barrel model. Not as accurate as my M77 Varmint .220 Swift or my 700 VLSF .17 Rem, but good enough for Hornet ranges. I played with load development quite a bit, but the groups honestly didn't shrink much. The gun just shoots 1-1.25 MOA with pretty much everything. Good enough for praire rats out to 200 yards, maybe a little further. And that's what I bought it for; use in more settled areas where the ranges are shorter (but not quite rimfire short), and report of the .17 or .220 is a bit much.

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