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There was another post on here recently looking for K Hornet dies, and someone said there are several different versions of that cartridge. It all depends on which version of this wildcat you have.

You need to cast your chamber with Cerosafe or send a fired case to RCBS to get the correct dies for your particular chamber.

This was not a Factory standardized caliber, and as such you need to know exactly what you've got first, or you might be doing it over.

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Thanks Randy,

I checked and found that Redding, RCBS, and others made standard K-Hornet

dies. There were some early versions that varied in shoulder angles and

lengths, but even though no factory ammo was ever made for it, they did

standardize the brass size after 1952. I agree that it is a good idea to do a

cast with Cerosafe to see what you actually have in the chamber size. Since

all the brass I have has been fire-formed in my chamber from regular hornet

brass I have a pritty good idea about the size I need. I am sure there is

some shrinkage after fire-forming which you wouldn't get in a cast using

Cerosafe. I may try and make a cast just to see the difference. Where can I

get some Carosafe. I used it years ago but don't have it anymore.

Thanks, Del
 

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Midway USA has Cerosafe, as does Brownells.

The different shoulder angles were what I was referring to.

Sending the case would be the best way, they probably are not as prone to mistakes as the rest of us are. Also it would show them exactly what you are trying to reproduce.

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I have a Kimber in a K Hornet and use a set of Redding dies with no problems, Fire forming brass ,I load a standard hornet load and it is also shoots a tight group. I load my K hornet loads with 11 grains of VV N110 and a 40 grain nosler ballistic silver tip .224 dia bullet. Thanks Ronnie
 

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Thanks Randy, I will check with Midway since I have an account with them.

Taxidermy,

Hello Ronnie,

I have been wondering about the Kimber in 22 Hornet. I have a Kimber 22 long

rifle, and was thinking of getting a Kimber in 22 Hornet. I suppose you had

to ream it out for the K-Hornet? Is the action smooth? The CZ 527 I have

often hangs up while pushing forward on the bolt. The mag also could be

designed better as it doesn't always push up the cartridge for the bolt to

catch the rim. Can you load the pointed Hornady and Nozzler 40 grain bullets

in the magazine? If I load the bullet deep enough to clear the magazine it is

past the ogive and looks ugly but shoots well. Will try your load.

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If your gun is a current rifle that has been rechambered recently. I would think it has a standarized chamber. Most of the problems/experiments with shoulder angles were solved many many years ago.

And if you order a K hornet reamer now a days you would get what the book deliniates, not one of the variations. Since there were no significant changes in the way the cartridge performed they all fell by the wayside

All of the other variations of the K Hornet were done by PO Ackley, Kilborn and other wildcatters way back when.

I would think it would be pretty cut and dried now but yuou still need to check it out to make sure.

I personally think the classic Bakersfield Gopher Rifle was a K Hornet on a Mini Martini action with a Unertl 8x scope and adjustable mounts. Good wood was a must. I see one every once in a while at the Ventura Gun Show, but I could never afford one. Besides It would be half the fun to build it yourself. That's why I'm learning how to checker.

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Thanks Auctioneer,

I bid on one of the sets and got it. It was a new RCBS and got it for $40.67.

Thanks to everyone for commenting on this thread. Del
 
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