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#5112245 - 04/03/11 Lever Action 22 hornet
MarkFed Offline
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Registered: 06/22/09
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Loc: Upper Chichester, PA
Why hasn't anyone ever made a 22 Hornet lever action? There are several 22 mags out there, why not a special run of hornets? I know it would be different due to the centerfire vs rimfire but I would think that this would have been done. They are like little .30-30 shells for cryin out loud.


While they are at it, why hasn't anyone made a .327 federal lever action yet?
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#5112372 - 04/03/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: MarkFed]
boswellbuckhunter Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 779
Loc: Boswell, Pa

I've wondered the same thing. I've also wondered the same thing about a 222 Rem. or a 223. Someone may make them, but I've never seen one. I do have a lever 22-250 in a Model 99 Savage, so why wouldn't a 22 hornet work?

Joe

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#5112606 - 04/03/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: boswellbuckhunter]
Eremicus Offline
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Registered: 03/01/01
Posts: 18881
Loc: Placerville,CA,USA
Would a lever action .218 Bee do ? Both Marlin and Browning have made them in the last 10 yrs and Winchester made one for a while years ago.
Even the .25-20 is a pretty cool varmit round in one. I've got a Marlin 1894CL that flat turns a ground squirrel inside out. E

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#5112761 - 04/03/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: Eremicus]
Jericho Offline
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Registered: 05/28/02
Posts: 6083
Browning has made the BLR in 222 and 223 in the past,
cool guns but they dont really sell that well. I think
they still make it in 22-250.

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#5113016 - 04/03/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: Jericho]
Just a Hunter Offline
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Registered: 04/05/06
Posts: 2932
Loc: MT
Those round are mostly considered varmint cartridges. None have done very well in the leveraction platform due to them not being as accurate as a bolt or single shot. However, having said that I think a 22 Hornet in the Browning BLR would be a neat option.

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#5131376 - 04/09/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: Just a Hunter]
HOGGHEAD Offline
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Registered: 01/26/10
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Loc: Rivesville, WV
I would really like to see Marlin bring the 22 Hornet or the 218 Bee back out in the Marlin 1894. That platform is more than accurate enough for the limited range that the cartridge itself is designed for. You don't need to shoot 1/4" groups all day long to kill varmints at 150 yards. Tom.
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#5132006 - 04/09/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: HOGGHEAD]
Just a Hunter Offline
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Loc: MT
Depends on how small your varmints are.

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#5132275 - 04/09/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: Just a Hunter]
SuperTodd Offline
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Registered: 03/13/11
Posts: 16
Loc: Southern ORegon
I have enuff guns- including 2 hornets, if they built a leveraction 22 hornet I would have to buy one.

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#5162318 - 04/19/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: SuperTodd]
Mike_S Offline
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Registered: 03/03/05
Posts: 355
I wished Ruger would make their 96 lever in .22 Hornet. I think the problem there is the length of the cartridge.

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#5162589 - 04/19/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: MarkFed]
260Remguy Offline
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Registered: 12/19/02
Posts: 17419
Loc: NE
I have a Marlin 62 that has been rebarreled to 218 Bee that works quite well, despite the crappy trigger. The 'smith who did the conversion threaded the receiver and barrel, as the donor in 256 Win Mag had a pinned barrel.

JEff

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#5162734 - 04/19/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: Mike_S]
HOGGHEAD Offline
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Registered: 01/26/10
Posts: 1047
Loc: Rivesville, WV
Originally Posted By: Mike_S
I wished Ruger would make their 96 lever in .22 Hornet. I think the problem there is the length of the cartridge.



I had two of the Ruger lever action rifles. A 22 magnum, and the 44 magnum. They were two of the worst shooting rifles I ever saw in my entire life. Tom.
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#5162806 - 04/19/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: HOGGHEAD]
Mike_S Offline
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Registered: 03/03/05
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My son has one in .22 long rifle that has been accurate. The trigger is not the best but I have shot worse.

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#5163811 - 04/20/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: HOGGHEAD]
260Remguy Offline
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Registered: 12/19/02
Posts: 17419
Loc: NE
I had a 96-17 that shot OK, despite the crappy trigger and stock ergs.

JEff

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#5164566 - 04/20/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: 260Remguy]
cisco1 Offline
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Registered: 07/30/10
Posts: 1541
Loc: The Wrong Side of the Tracks
How about an 1885 Winchester in Hornet. Makes a good varmint rig............and it is a lever gun.
Cisco

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#5165483 - 04/20/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: cisco1]
croldfort Offline
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Registered: 08/18/03
Posts: 4539
Loc: SE KS
I have a Win 9422mag in a lever and a Rem 597 .22mag auto. They are a hoot to shoot. Lots of guys here are using .22mag autos for prairie dogs out to 200yds +.

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#5168886 - 04/21/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: croldfort]
Ploughman Offline
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Registered: 11/11/10
Posts: 125
Loc: Bureau County, Illinois
I vaguely recall having read somewhere that Winchester briefly cataloged the 1873 in .22 WCF, which is the blackpowder version of the Hornet. I don't know if they actually made any though......

As for a .327 lever gun, Marlin has made .32-20's on and off and evidently can't sell enough to keep them in steady production, and they also made a .32 H&R mag version, and evidently couldn't sell enough to keep them in production, so........

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#5173799 - 04/23/11 Re: Lever Action 22 hornet [Re: Ploughman]
NFG Offline
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Registered: 10/20/06
Posts: 406
The Hornet case OR the 223 case would be a bit of a problem to fit an ejector and extractor in the Marlins...BUT...for those that really want a varminter any small cal on the BR or PPC cases would be just a re-barrel as the base is the about the same size as the 3030 AND there are a few wildcat using the 30-30 and 225 Win cases, like the 219 Zipper of old.

There are some very simple ways to get a small bore levergun and some very complicated ways, but it can be done if you don't mind paying the bucks.

I keep looking at the 22, 25 and 6.5 BR for a swap barrel on my 336.

As far as accuracy goes there are ways to make a levergun shoot as good as a bolt gun, just not as high a velocity because of the pressure limitations.

LUCK

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