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Old 07-08-2018, 09:15 AM   #1
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Ackley Improved .22 Hornet Die

Took out my dad's .22 Hornet low wall 1885 yesterday, ran a few rounds through it and learned the hard way (brass splitting) it's been modified to accept an Ackley Improved round. I'm having trouble finding a Die to reshape the brass, does anyone know where I can buy a die?
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:15 AM   #2
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You sure it's AI and not a K Hornet? Can you ask your dad?
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:53 AM   #3
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First, is this an original 1885 or a reproduction? Originals were never chambered in 22 Hornet, since the Hornet didn't appear till after the 1885 was discontinued. If your original is a 22 Hornet, then, the gun was re-barreled or re-chambered. That means you need to be certain for what cartridge. Don't take someone's word for it.

I have a friend who shoots a 22 K Hornet. He regularly fire forms 22 Hornet brass into K Hornet brass by shooting standard 22 Hornet rounds in his gun. He very rarely splits any brass in the process. If you are regularly splitting brass by firing standard 22 Hornet rounds, you may not have a Hornet at all, then

I've never heard of a 22 AI Hornet, just a 17 AI Hornet. Might be why you are having trouble finding dies.

Since I'm a big fan of the 1885 would love to see some pics, sometime. Best of luck and let us know what you find out about yours.

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Old 07-09-2018, 11:28 AM   #4
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There is about 10 different 22 conversion on the K hornet brass . There is 22 ICL Gopher , Mashburn Bee were popular too . The best way I found to fire form brass is a little bullseye and fill the case up with instant cream of wheat or corn meal with a spitball paper bullet . It is the best and easiest to fire form and no split of the brass .
Oh I have both vol 1 and 2 of P.O. Ackley . Over 500 page in each book . Both books / $ 25 deliver to your door .
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:33 PM   #5
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Time for a chamber cast
tx gun runner is right on point
Wide variety of 22 K Hornets
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