22 hornet ammo Varmint X Features
The .22 Hornet or 5.6×35mmR is a varminting, small-game hunting, survival and competition centerfire rifle cartridge commercially introduced in 1930. It is considerably more powerful than the rimfire 22 hornet ammo and the .17 HMR, achieving higher velocity with a bullet twice the weight of the .17 HMR bullet. The Hornet also differs very significantly from these in that being a centerfire cartridge makes it reloadable, and thus much more versatile. It was the smallest commercially available .22 caliber centerfire cartridge until the introduction of the FN 5.7×28mm.
The .22 Hornet fills the gap between such popular varmint/predator cartridges as the .22 WMR and the .223 Remington. In regard to muzzle velocity, muzzle energy and noise, it is well suited to vermin and predator control in relatively built-up areas.
Varmint X is designed specifically for the demands of predator and varmint hunters. The sleek, polymer-tipped bullets are explosive upon impact. Varmint X combines the proven dependability Winchester is known for with today’s latest technology, providing hunters the ammunition of choice for pursuing everything from prairie dogs to coyotes.
.22 hornet Varmint X Specifications
- Caliber: 22 Hornet
- Model: Varmint X
- Bullet Weight: 35 gr
- Rounds Per Box: 20
- Casing Material: Brass
- Application: Predator,Varmint
- Bullet Type: Polymer Tip
- Muzzle Energy: 747 ft lbs
- Muzzle Velocity: 3100 fps
|Condition||New in Box|
|Finish Per Color||Brass|
|Manufacturer Part Number||X22P|
Factory ammunition is widely available from all major manufacturers, generally with bullets weighing 34, 35, 45, or 46 grains (2.2, 2.3, 2.9, or 3.0 g), with bullets invariably either hollow point or soft point. Muzzle velocity typically is in the 2,500 to 3,100 ft/s (760 to 940 m/s) range, and muzzle energy is just over 700 ft·lbf (950 J) for factory ammo fired from a rifle. Velocities and energies are less when Hornet ammunition is fired from short-barreled firearms.
Published handload data from major handloading-product companies shows how versatile the .22 Hornet can be. According to the Hodgdon Powder Company reloading data, the heavier bullets show an affinity for Lil’Gun smokeless powder to produce much higher velocities than other powder with heavy bullets in this small case.