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.22 Hornet, sell it or hold on to?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Grmlin, Jan 4, 2013.

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  1. Grmlin

    Grmlin Member

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    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.
     
  2. LordDunsany

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    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
     
  3. ball3006

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    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
     
  4. PabloJ

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    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.
     
  5. Onward Allusion

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    Hmmm .22 Hornet -vs- .357/38 lever action...which would be more useful, easier to reload, or have more ammo available... Hmmm :D
     
  6. TexasPatriot.308

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    if you own any firearms, unless you want to profit, this is not the time to sell in my opinion. just my opinion.
     
  7. Abel

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    Rifles that don't get shot? Send her to a new home.
     
  8. cfullgraf

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    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.
     
  9. Dr. A

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    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!
     
  10. dugasgunner

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    Althought the Hornet is on of my favorite, if you don't use it, sell it to someone who will shoot it. JMHO.
     
  11. Swampman

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    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 )!
     
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    I would consider rebarrelling it to .17 Hornet, which I bet you would have fun with.
     
  13. hueyville

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    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.
     
  14. TexasPatriot.308

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    if you are gonna sell it, I will buy it.
     
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    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.
     
  16. InkEd

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    Dump it and buy a nice lever action.
     
  17. TexasPatriot.308

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    I got a .22 hornet in a Ruger No.3....worth holding on to.
     
  18. hogshead

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    Seen one go for $600 2 weeks ago. You could get a mighty nice lever gun for that.
     
  19. Grmlin

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    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.
     
  20. benEzra

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    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.
     
  21. Vern Humphrey

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    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.
     
  22. Grmlin

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    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.
     
  23. alsaqr

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    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.
     
  24. hueyville

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    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.
     
  25. Ditchtiger

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