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Old 03-30-2019, 09:18 PM
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Hi,
Been looking for a (Preferably single shot) good quality .22 Hornet.
Just missed a Geyger, but been offered a pre 64 Winchester. Looks (Off pictures) to be about 85%.
Anyone have a ball park value on these? Iím in UK.
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:44 PM
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Don't know anything about value, but would recommend that you get the barrel scoped before you buy. I have had terrible luck buying older rifles with chrome moly barrels; the majority have had pitted barrels, some really bad. The pre-64 M70 Hornet is somewhat of a collector gun so may be more than you want to spend for a shooter. Can you get Anschutz at a reasonable price over there? One of those with a single shot adapter would work well.
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:50 PM
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Ken, unless you're really hot for a M70 Hornet, I'd opine there are much better rifles in that chambering. Nothing against the old M70, have two myself, but the action is very large for such a small cartridge, it will have an overly long bolt throw, also much heavier than a Hornet should be. Those rifles in that chambering can also fetch some pretty high prices. The Hornet chambering on the old pre-'64 M70's is one of the more rare chamberings along with the 7x57 Mauser, hence the high prices now. Things to consider, as a CZ, Sako, Anschutz and other like sized actions would be a much better choice IMO.

Like Doug here, my love affair with the Hornet at this time is a Browning 1885 Low Wall in K-Hornet. Another one to consider, as they really shoot.
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:12 PM
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As I recall, the pre-64 M70 Hornets are also a .223 bore, not .224 like most modern Hornets. I have four 22 Hornets, and I would agree with what RIO suggested. I believe the M38 Coopers are no longer being made, but you might find a single shot 22 Hornet in a Ruger No.1 or a Winchester M1885, if you are so inclined. For repeaters, the CZ527 or the Anschutz would be great choices.
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Old 03-31-2019, 01:14 AM
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As smokinjoe said the anschutz is an excellent rifle. I have a couple of them and like them a lot.
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Old 03-31-2019, 01:19 AM
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I have two CZ 527s in 22 Hornet with Calhoon single shot adapters. My new Browning 1885 22 Hornet is the pick of the litter, good looking and accurate. There is nothing wrong with a CZ, mine are a Lux and a Fullstock, both accurate enough to maintain my interest and they are reasonably priced.
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Old 03-31-2019, 01:48 PM
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Both Hornady and Sierra make .223 bullets for the Hornet.
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Old 03-31-2019, 02:39 PM
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Both Hornady and Sierra make .223 bullets for the Hornet.
Hornady discontinued the .223 diameter bullets.
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:42 PM
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Ken, unless you're really hot for a M70 Hornet, I'd opine there are much better rifles in that chambering. Nothing against the old M70, have two myself, but the action is very large for such a small cartridge, it will have an overly long bolt throw, also much heavier than a Hornet should be. Those rifles in that chambering can also fetch some pretty high prices. The Hornet chambering on the old pre-'64 M70's is one of the more rare chamberings along with the 7x57 Mauser, hence the high prices now. Things to consider, as a CZ, Sako, Anschutz and other like sized actions would be a much better choice IMO.

Like Doug here, my love affair with the Hornet at this time is a Browning 1885 Low Wall in K-Hornet. Another one to consider, as they really shoot.
Have to agree with the length of 22 Hornet in the M70 as I feel that even 17 Fireball is really too small for my Remintgton 700 SPS Varmint.
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Old 03-31-2019, 05:28 PM
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My first .CZ had a .223" muzzle, but just ahead of the chamber, the groove dia. was .224".

It shot the .223", 45gr. Hornady SP's about the same as the .224", 45gr. Hornady SP's.
What it really liked was the 40gr. Barnes and Sierra, athough the sierra 40's would be too tough for the 3,300fps I was getting.
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