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.

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3 Responses to More Remington Ammo Quality Issues: .22 Hornet Recall

  1. avatarDaniel Hill says:

    FYI: I recently purchased some 410 gauge Remington Shells at Wal-Mart and EVERY one of the shells after firing, lodged in both my SPR100 and My Rossi Snakecharmer. I had purchased both 2 1/2 inch and 3 inch shells and non of either ejected properly. I had the gunshop check my weapons and they stated that the ejector mechanism was functioning properly. They then checked the shells with a micrometer and determined that both the fired and unfired brass was exceeding the specified recommended diameter as well as some of the rounds were “out of round”.
    The lot numbers are :
    410 gauge 3 inch shells
    R216
    PKG. 61514A
    GL41035
    G58219823

    410 2 1/2 inch shells
    R188
    pkg. 61482
    GL4106

  2. avatarDaniel Hill says:

    I think that it should be noted that I subsequently purchased a box of Winchester 410 shells and they performed and ejected perfectly.
    Also I contacted the Remington corporate offices in NC and the Ammunition plant in Arkansas and left messages, but no one has called back yet……..

  3. avatarBob says:

    Just opened a box of Remington GL41035 and was unable to unload the gun in the field after a hunting trip. Sent an email to Remington and noted on their website that this ammo is no longer shown as a product.

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