Here you will find unique and one-of-a-kind projects. Some are our own brainchild, some are the customer's idea, and some are a collaboration. If you have a crazy idea, give us a call and we'll try our best to make it a reality.
When the 17 Hornet was introduced, we thought, great, but what about the 20 cal? Let's take a look at the ballistics. The 17 Hornet is loaded with a 20 grain V-Max bullet with a BC of 0.185 and a muzzle velocity of 3650 fps. The 22 Hornet is loaded with (Hornady brand) a 35 grain V-Max bullet with a BC of 0.109 and a muzzle velocity of 3100 fps. A 204 Hornet could be loaded with a 32 grain V-Max bullet with a BC of 0.210 and an estimated muzzle velocity of 3300 fps. What does all that mean on the prairie dog town? The 204 Hornet would not quit catch the 17 out to 400 yards, but it would have a bit more punch and less wind drift. More precisely, 49% more energy at 400 yards and a little more than a half inch less drift. We also believe there will be less fouling and cleaning than the 17 and a longer barrel life.
Here is our first prototype. It started out as a Savage Model 25 in 17 Hornet. We took off the factory stock and factory barrel. We then used a specially contoured barrel blank that foregoes the barrel nut and rather tightens on a shoulder. The barrel was then chambered using a custom reamer. The barrelled action was then fit to a custom laminate stock. Brass can be made by necking up 17 Hornet brass. You could also trim down 22 Hornet, neck down, and fireform. Initial load development has shown that Lil' Gun does achieve the anticipated performance.
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