could take any animal on N. American Continent, had done so many times, not just flukes, but deliberate brain shots. The Hornet is not available in an autoloader,and itnever was. I think a few lever actions were made for it, but it's basically always been a bolt action or single shot cartridge. So, that means no swift followup shots, and HALF of the power of the 223 (600 ft lbs,versus 1200 ft lbs) The 223 auto, with the.22lr conversion, is so much better than the Hornet, or the .22 mag, that any comparison is a joke. Basically, if the 22lr is not enough, the 223 is a long ways from being too much. Both the Hornet and the .22 mag rimfire are too much power (and noise and expense) for most small game, and they are way too feeble for general use on deer. The .22 magis too feeble for use on coyotes, really, if you don't want them lost down a hole someplace.