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    43 Grain Hornet Bullets Made from 22LR Cases

    I spent the day doing odds and ends in the workshop. I formed some 6mm cases from 22LR jackets, and also made a couple hundred 43 grain Hornet bullets. These are close to the original design, made in the early 1930s. Mine are a couple of grains lighter. I've got two small modifications to the process I still want to test. Hopefully, my gun club has the berms built so that I can punch some paper before producing more.



    43 grain bullets after the lead has been seated in the 22LR jackets.



    Two hundred fresh out of the press.



    This is a bottom view after the point is formed. These are made from Winchester cases.

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    Sometime later in the year, I intend on trying some of my 60 gr. bullets in the Hornet. The H&R has a 1 in 12 twist and might stabilize them. At any rate, it's fun to launch some down range, even if they don't group. I've shot homemade 60s and 65 grain bullets from my 222 and 223 Rems. This bullet point is a change in my original design. I decided to go with what are called "protected points". This way, the nose of the bullet doesn't hang up on the feed ramp. They have better penetration and mushrooming effects as well.



    These are made from SK 22LR cases.

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    Sweet! They look real clean. Nice work Steve.

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    Those protected point ones sure look interesting.
    Is it the drawing them out longer to make them heavier that causes the dimpled effect?
    Being thinner with pre-formed stresses would certainly aid in opening quickly.
    Hopefully they shoot well for you.

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    Yeah, I like PP bullets. The dimpling happens with every bullet made - even the commercial ones. When you bend a cylinder into a point, dimples form. The big manufacturers use softer jackets which aren't affected as much. They also polish the bullets to reduce or eliminate this.

    I'm hoping to get to the range within the next couple of weeks. There are two things screwing up my immediate plan. I'm teaching an armament class and my gun club is still messing around with new berm construction. This has been going on for months.

    WRT the PPs, you still get exposed lead to promote expansion, but without the difficulties of the lead hanging up anywhere in the mag or when feeding. Here's a close up of a protected point. The bullet on the left has not had the lead smoothed over yet. When you put a point on the bullet, some lead oozes out of the tip. Another die is needed to clean this up and produce the PP.

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    Tagged for interest.
    Still just out of range.
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    I get a kick out of this picture, with the superx logo on the bottom.
    the wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept

    "It must be poor life that achieves freedom from fear" - Aldo Leopold

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    That makes me chuckle too.

    I'm getting a lot of Win brass from the indoor range lately. People must be shooting more T22s. I'd appreciate it if they would use more Eley and SK though. It's the nicest brass to work with.

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    tagged for interest.

    How do you smooth out the firing pin hit?

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    I imagine just the brute force of the pressure from seating the lead would iron it out pretty quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tok-man View Post
    How do you smooth out the firing pin hit?
    80% of it gets smoothed out by the jacket forming punch. More disappears after you seat the lead into the jacket. These have been derimmed, but have not had a core seated. You can see in the middle and right case what is left of the firing pin indent.


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