More Remington Ammo Quality Issues: .22 Hornet Recall

Back in October, TTAG reported that Remington produced a large batch of 115-grain UMC 9mm cartridges that were too short. The company wouldn’t tell us how many rounds suffered from this defect, which caused a double-feed in our T&E Ruger SR9c. And another journalist’s Ruger SR9c. And, get this, our Gun Doctor’s Ruger SR9c. Earlier today, Remington issued a safety recall for its 22 Hornet 45 Gr PSP ammo . . . .

Remington has determined that five Lots of its 22 Hornet 45 Gr PSP ammunition may have improper powder charge weights. The five Lot Numbers are identified above. Improper powder charge weights may result in a malfunction of the cartridge when the firearm is fired. This malfunction may result in a bullet being lodged in the barrel creating an obstruction. If another round is fired with an obstruction in the barrel, a barrel burst may occur. A barrel burst could result in property damage, serious personal injury or death.

Death? That sounds serious. In case you haven’t encountered this caliber before, the Wikipedia hive mind reports that . . .

The .22 Hornet is a low-end vermin, small-game and predator centerfire rifle cartridge. It is considerably more powerful than the .22 WMR and the .17 HMR, achieving higher velocity with a bullet twice the weight. The Hornet also differs very significantly from these in that it is not a rimfire round but a centerfire one. This makes it handloadable and reloadable, and thus much more versatile.

On a not-entirely-unrelated matter, I fired my Remington 700 SPS for the first time yesterday. No trigger troubles—save stopping myself from pulling it, burning through boxes of .308. Federal.