.22 Hornet Buzz: CZ’s 527 Lux Varmint Rifle Is Our Pick
Rugerís 77/22 and the costly Anschutz bolt guns are OK; but Donít Buy Rugerís heavy No. 1 for this kind of field work.
The .22 Hornet cartridge evolved out of the black-powder .22 WCF, which originated in 1885 for the Winchester single-shot rifle, and was also chambered in the 1873 Winchester. The tiny Hornet first saw the light of day as Winchester-loaded ammunition in 1930. Yes, that’s right, Winchester loaded Hornet ammunition before any commercial rifles were available for it. Commercially made rifles were produced by Winchester, and then Savage and Stevens, beginning around 1933. The first experimental rifles for the Hornet, for which Winchester made the ammo in 1930, were built at Springfield Arsenal in the 1920s.