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H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

Overview
Testers

Doug Wall

Caliber

.22

Model Number

N/a

Test Date

21 Sept 2018.

Serial Numbers

N/a

Source of Supply

Supplied by Pyramyd Air.

Condition

New.

We Like

Devastating impact performance.
Good manufacturing consistency.
Fits in many magazines.

We Don't Like

Only the price!

HAM Rating
Comparison to Makers Claims
100%
Most Common Head Diameter
40%
Variation in Head Diameter
45%
Most Common Weight
50%
Variation in Weight
60%
Most Common Length
40%
Variation in Length
60%
Dirtiness
90%
Hard Air Magazine Test Conclusions

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets are high quality hunting pellets that are likely to feed well in magazine feed PCP air rifles.

Best suited to powerful PCP air rifles, H&N Hornets would be a great choice for small and medium game hunting if the barrel of your gun "likes" them.

It's only the extremely high price that prevents these Hornets from achieving a HAM Award. If you're a hunter, H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets are certainly worth checking out.

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VALUE FOR MONEY

At 12.5 cents each, H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets are among the most expensive airgun ammo in this caliber. However, they are specifically designed for hunting and – because hunters fire relatively few shots – the price will not be the most important consideration to most buyers.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

The pointed brass tip combined with a substantial lead skirt is intended to combine both penetration and in-target expansion.

 

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets are mid weight and long, with a large head diameter. This makes them primarily for use in powerful PCP air rifles.

BUY FROM PYRAMYD AIR
H&N Hornet Pellets, .22 Cal, 16 Grains, Pointed, 200ct
BUY FROM AIRGUN DEPOT
H&N Hornet 16 Grain Pellets .22 Cal 200 Ct

TEST DATA SUMMARY

Price per Pellet12.5 cents
Most Common Weight16.23 Grains
16.27 Grains
Pellets at That Common Weight12%
12%
Variation in Pellet Weight (Smallest to Largest)2.51%
Most Common Head Diameter5.54 mm
Pellet at That Common Head Diameter40%
Variation in Head Diameter (Smallest to Largest)0.72%
Most Common Length9.53 mm
9.54 mm
Pellets at That Common Length14%
Variation in Length (Smallest to Largest)1.69%

 

COMPARISON TO MAKERS CLAIMS

Two part hunting pellets are generally very long. In fact, some are too long to fit into the magazines of many PCP air rifles. So the manufacturer’s claim that H&N Hornet pellets are “designed for magazines” is a significant differentiator.

As confirmation, we tested H&N Hornet pellets in a small variety of magazines that we had to hand. There was no problem with them fitting into the magazines for the Benjamin Marauder, FX Impact, Kral Puncher and Umarex Gauntlet.

The claimed weight for H&N Hornet .22 caliber pellets is 16.20 Grains. The pellets tested by HAM averaged 16.23 grains – very close to the manufacturer’s specification.

H&N says that there are 200 pellets in a tin. However, we counted 205 H&N Hornet pellets in the tin tested by HAM.

HAM measured the Ballistic Coefficient for H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets to be 0.024. This is somewhat higher than the manufacturer’s claim of 0.021. This difference is probably due to the much higher power of the gun used by HAM, compared to H&N’s tests.

H&N recommends these pellets for medium range hunting – out to 30 Yards with a 12 Ft/Lbs gun. The higher BC determined by HAM, using a FX Impact at 26.8 Ft/Lbs indicates that these pellets would be effective at much longer ranges in US conditions.

 

CONSISTENCY

There were no damaged or malformed pellets in the tin of H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets tested by HAM.

With these being two-part pellets, it’s clear that it’s more difficult to achieve good manufacturing consistency that with a conventional, one-piece pellet. However, the manufacturer does a good job and the variability in H&N Hornets is comparable to that of regular pellets.

One indication of this is the very low Standard Deviation (the measure of shot-to-shot variability in a string) of just 3.46 FPS when tested in the standard Beeman 1074 air rifle used by HAM.

Unusually for H&N, the head diameter is not marked on the tin of H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets. As with many heavier pellets, the head diameter is fairly large. It averaged 5.54 mm over the pellets tested by HAM.

40% of the tested pellets had this average head diameter, with another 34%, just slightly larger at 5.55 mm. With the smallest measured head diameter of 5.53 mm and the largest of 5.57 mm, the variation in size was 0.72%.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

With the exception of just one pellet, the weight of the H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets tested by HAM was also very good. The average weight was 16.23 Grains and 10% of the tested pellets matched the 16.20 Grain weight specification exactly.

Overall, the variation in weight of the pellets tested was slightly better than average.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

In spite of the obvious issues associated with inserting the brass tip into the lead skirt of H&N Hornet pellets, the consistency of length was actually slightly better than average. The average length of the pellets tested by HAM was 9.53 mm. 14% of the tested pellets were of that length, with the same number just slightly longer at 9.54 mm.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

 

DIRTINESS

The H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets tested by HAM were very clean, as we can see from the photograph below.

Although lead dust and dirt is inevitable in airgun pellet manufacture, there was just 0.169 Grains of dirt per 100 pellets tested.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

 

 

DOWNRANGE PERFORMANCE

Chairgun indicated that H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets have good downrange performance. The high Ballistic Coefficient gives essentially flat shooting from 10 Yards out to 34 Yards.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

 

HUNTING USE

The high BC also means that no less than 70% of the Muzzle Energy is still available in the pellet out to 36 Yards. This is, of course, excellent for hunting.

As can be seen from the “soap block Test”, below, the brass tip separated from the lead skirt of the H&N Hornet pellet tested. It also penetrated slightly further than the skirt and turned around at the end of its path.

There was an 8 mm entry diameter to the wound channel. The lead skirt expanded from 5.55 mm to 6.58 mm diameter on impact. This is an expansion of 18.6%.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

The combination of the lead skirt expansion and separation of the brass tip would clearly produce a devastating wound and humane, one shot kill when hunting with H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets and a suitably-powerful air rifle.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

 

BUYING AND OWNING

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets are widely available online from all the usual sources. They may also be seen in some big box sporting goods stores.

As always with H&N pellets, the screw-top tin is convenient and easy to use.

The number of pellets matched the tin’s volume well. This meant that there were no damaged pellets in the tin tested by HAM, even without any foam packing and in spite of the hard brass tips.

As we mentioned earlier, the price of H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 caliber pellets is very high. However, this can be reduced considerably by taking advantage of the “buy four tins, get one for free” offers made by major online pellet vendors like Pyramyd Air and Airgun Depot.

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

 

TEST DATA

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

H&N Hornet 16.20 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review

For background details on HAM’s Pellet Test Review methodology, check out this link.

Chairgun is a product of Hawke Sports Optics LLC and is used with permission. Check out http://www.hawkeoptics.com

BUY FROM PYRAMYD AIR
H&N Hornet Pellets, .22 Cal, 16 Grains, Pointed, 200ct
BUY FROM AIRGUN DEPOT
H&N Hornet 16 Grain Pellets .22 Cal 200 Ct

Understanding HAM Pellet Awards

HAM Pellet Awards come from the most rigorous, professional and comprehensive pellet testing by any independent publication. They are the result of much precise measurement and analysis using high precision measuring devices and highly-experienced testers.

Note that accuracy is a product of the complete “system” of airgun, scope, atmospheric conditions and shooter ability – not the pellet alone.

This means that no pellet test review can predict the accuracy of a particular pellet with YOUR individual air rifle. That’s why we do not measure accuracy in these pellet tests.

What HAM Pellet Awards do recognize is manufacturing consistency. Inconsistent pellets definitely will be inaccurate, consistent pellets are much more likely to be accurate.

HAM Awards also recognize value. There’s considerable variation in the price of airgun pellets. This means that an 8 cent pellet needs to score higher than a 2 cent pellet to achieve an award.

For full details of the HAM Pellet Award scoring methodology, please check out our Pellet Testing page.

For a full listing of HAM-tested Ballistic Coefficients, please see our Ballistic Coefficients page.

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