The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute Inc., (SAAMI) has announced the acceptance of three new rifle cartridges for SAAMI standardization.
The .17 Hornet, son of the classic .22 Hornet, is a well-balanced design. Sharing the rimmed design of the parent case, it feeds nicely in a bolt-action repeating rifle, provides pinpoint accuracy and minimal recoil, and checks all the boxes for varmint hunting.
A lot has changed in the .22 market since the mid-20th century. The blowback action Winchester debuted has been refined to near-perfection. If the Wildcat is going to compete with the likes of the vaunted Ruger 10/22, it has to bring a lot to the table. Fortunately, it does.