22 Hornet ammo is a centerfire rifle cartridge commercially introduced by Winchester in 1930. It is good for varminting, small-game hunting, survival, and competitions. This ammo is better than 22 WMR and 17 HMR in terms of power and weight. It is manufactured by almost all popular manufacturers and is available in weights ranging from 35 grain to 55 grain. The muzzle velocity of this ammo ranges from 2500 to 3100 feet per second while muzzle energy is over 600 ft. lbf. The muzzle energy and velocity of this ammo will be reduced considerably when fired from short-barreled firearms.
22 Hornet Ammo Specification:
Bullet diameter: .224
Neck diameter: 6.2 mm (.243 in)
Shoulder diameter: 7.0 mm (.276 in)
Base diameter: 7.6 mm (.298 in)
Rim diameter: 8.9 mm (.350 in)
Rim thickness: 1.7 mm (.065 in)
Case length: 35.6 mm (1.403 in)
Rifling twist: 1-14
Primer type: small rifle
45 grain soft point rounds are manufactured by Winchester and Remington with velocities of 2690 fps. Winchester also manufactures 46 hollow rounds of this ammo. 22 Hornet Ammo offers an effective range of about 150 yards.
22 Hornet Ammo Ballistic Performance:
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
35 grain (2 g) VMax 3,060 ft/s (930 m/s) 987 J (728 ft⋅lbf)
40 grain (3 g) SP 2,826 ft/s (861 m/s) 960 J (710 ft⋅lbf)
45 grain (3 g) SP 2,787 ft/s (849 m/s) 1052 J (776 ft⋅lbf)
50 grain (3 g) SP 2,713 ft/s (827 m/s) 1108 J (817 ft⋅lbf)
55 grain (4 g) SP 2,652 ft/s (808 m/s) 1165 J (859 ft⋅lbf)
.22 Magnum Ammo is rimfire cartridge weighing about 40 grams in total and uses a thicker and much larger case that allows it to withstand higher pressure levels under extreme heat. Increased powder and high pressures resulted in .22 Magnum Ammo delivering velocities over 2,000 feet per second from a rifle and 1,500 feet per second from a handgun. This ammunition is capable of reaching 125 yards in maximum point-blank range, making it perfect for taking down small game. The comparatively silent and ignorable recoil make it quite suitable to shoot for extended periods.
.22 Magnum Ammo is known to provide a good level penetration at all ranges and a more reliable expansion when used in longer ranges thanks to the expanding bullets. Since the .22 Magnum Ammo carries the same bullet weight as the .22 Long Rifle Ammo, both are used for similar purposes. Since this bullet has a decent effective range, you can take successful medium, ranged shots to take down small game. So, if you are in need to a short-range point-blank shot or shoot a small game from a comfortable distance with mild recoil, .22 Magnum Ammo will surely prove to be the best companion to you and offer an effective level of penetration making it a good choice for hunting.