38 Special 90 gr FTX® Critical Defense® LITE

38 Special 90 gr FTX® Critical Defense® LITE
Test Barrel (4 V") Velocity (fps) / Energy (ft-lbs)
Muzzle 50 100
1200/288 1037/215 938/176

Breast Cancer Awareness LogoThe Critical Defense® Lite™ 38 Special load is an effective, reduced recoil option for ANY shooter looking to minimize the felt recoil of their lightweight, compact personal protection revolver.

Designed with the same proven components as our Critical Defense® line of ammunition, this offering features a 90 grain FTX® bullet with a unique PINK Flex Tip®! The pink bullet tips and pink ribbon packaging help signify our desire to share in the fight against breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Critical Defense® Lite™ will go to help fund breast cancer research.

  1. Highly effective reduced recoil load for ALL shooters
  2. Excellent choice for compact, lightweight revolvers
  3. Same point of aim / point of impact as standard Critical Defense® loads
  4. PINK Flex Tip® - portion of the proceeds go to help fund breast cancer research.


Critical DefenseWhitetail Packaging

Critical Defense CutawayHornady Critical Defense ammunition is the pinnacle in self defense ammunition

  • Unaffected by thick and heavy clothing, including denim and leather.
  • Patented FTX bullet delivers superior controlled expansion and large, deep wound cavities over a wide range of velocities.
  • Clean burning and stable propellants reduce recoil in lightweight handguns, and perform consistently in all temperatures.
  • Minimal muzzle flash protects night vision.
  • Feeds reliably in all pistols.
  • Shiny silver nickel plating prevents corrosion, and is easily visible in low light situations.
  • Bullets are cannelured and crimped to avoid bullet setback.
  • Bullets are custom designed for individual loads.
  • The most effective, consistent, and reliable self-defense ammunition available today!

What's the Difference?


Critical Defense provides reliable expansion every single time.

Inconsistent and unreliable performance from conventional hollow point bullets.

38 SPECIAL LITE 90 gr. FTX® - Heavy Clothing

Total Penetration = 8.25"
Retained Percentage = 98%

Item Number 90300
Weight 0.75 lbs
Ballistic Coefficient (G1) .095
Sectional Density .101
Test Barrel Length (inches) 4" V
Quantity 25/BX
US Patent No. 8,161,885 | 8,413,587
Price: $29.92
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