Carmichel’s Gun Review
An accurate varmint pistol in .22 Hornet.
Some guns are first meant to be fun. Taurus’s Raging Hornet fits into that category. Like the company’s Raging Bull, the Raging Hornet is a massive firearm with powerful locking and a distinctively contoured heavy barrel with integral ventilated rib.
Though it comes with good adjustable open sights, a scope is necessary for best accuracy. A solid one-piece scope base is included. My testing was done with a Burris 3-9X intermediate eye-relief scope. I shot at both 50 and 100 yards using Winchester’s Supreme Hornet load 34-grain bullet and handloads with 45-grain Sierra Spitzers over 13 grains of Hodgdon’s Lil’Gun propellant.
My best five-shot group at 50 yards measured a tiny .431 inches. The average groups at that distance were closer to 11/2 inches. At 100 yards, the single best group was 1.050 inches, but 21/4-inch to 21/2-inch groups were more common. (I’ve tested Hornet rifles that didn’t do as well.) Handloads produced the best 100-yard accuracy, and all group tests were fired from the fully loaded cylinder, with no attempt to fire from a single “sweet” chamber. (305-624-1115; www.taurususa.com)
**Caliber: .22 Hornet
Magazine capacity: 8
Weight: 3 lb., 2 oz.
Finish: **Matte stainless steel
**Stock: Semisoft rubber
Barrel length: 10 in. (barrel only)
Rate of twist: 1 in 15 in.
Overall length: 161/2 in.
Length of pull: N/A
Trigger pull: **5 lb., 5 oz. average
**Bore finish grading (out of 5): 3
Suggested retail: $898