Ruger just announced a new chambering for it’s popular Super Redhawk revolver. This one’s chambered in .22 Hornet. Some might consider that a little esoteric, but I think it’ll find a good following from loyalists of the cartridge.
The .22 Hornet round has been around for almost a century and is a mid range round good out to about 150 yards. It’s great for varmints and critters like prairie dogs, woodchucks, foxes, skunks, possums, and even coyotes. Unlike the .22LR and .22 Magnum it’s a centerfire round, and considerably more powerful than those other .22 rounds, although it’s still a good ways behind the .223 Remington in power.
Bullet weights commonly run from 30gr to 45gr and they’re available in a variety of jacketed hollow and soft point loads. Muzzle velocity with a 30gr bullet can run around 3100fps, which is 900fps more than a .22 Magnum with the same bullet weight. Muzzle energy tends to be be in the 700 to 800 foot pound range compared to the low 300’s for the .22 Magnum so the difference is significant.
While those numbers are out of 24-inch test barrels and will drop substantially in the Super Redhawk’s 9.5-inch barrel, proportionally it will still remain well ahead of the .22 Magnum, let alone the .22LR.
While capacity on a varmint gun probably isn’t generally a big deal, the new Super Redhawk holds an impressive eight rounds. Good if you need to take out a whole prairie dig town, or are about to be overrun by a heard of skunks. Recoil should be negligible, particularly with the revolver’s Hogue Tamer grip and the whopping 66 ounces the pistol weighs.
The new Super Redhawk comes with a Hi Viz fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight, and can readily accept a scope or other optic as well. Construction is of stainless steel, which is nice for a gun designed for the outdoors.
While a .22 Hornet revolver may not be for everyone, it’s a handy gun that should find favor with handgun hunters and fans of the .22 Hornet alike. It may not be the most common round you see anymore, but it still fills a niche between the rimfire .22’s and the bigger centerfire rounds as a pleasant, capable mid-range varmint and pest buster.
I like seeing companies like Ruger take a chance and bringing out unique, but functional designs that aren’t just a rehash of what everyone else in the industry is doing. The only missed opportunity I saw with this release was Ruger not naming it the Super Hornet, like the Boeing F/A-18E and F fighter planes.
Check out the Ruger release and specs for more on the .22 Hornet Super Redhawk . . .
Ruger is excited to announce that the Super Redhawk line of revolvers is now available in .22 Hornet. The Super Redhawk in .22 Hornet is ideal for long-range handgun varmint hunters. This new model features a Hogue Tamer Monogrip; a 9.5” cold hammer-forged barrel with a replaceable HiViz green insert front sight; and an adjustable rear sight. The Super Redhawk has long been known for its ability to meet the needs of handgun hunters and this offering in .22 Hornet is no exception.
Overall Length: 15″
Barrel Length: 9.50″
Grip: Hogue Tamer Monogrip
Finish: Satin Stainless
Front Sight: HiViz Green
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Weight: 66 oz.
Twist: 1:9″ RH