450 Nitro Express 3 1-4"

One of the greatest African cartridges ever developed.

Introduced by the John Rigby Company in 1898, the 450 Nitro Express 3¼" is the cartridge by which all other large game cartridges were measured. Originally stoked with cordite and a 480 grain bullet, the original 450 Nitro Express ammo quickly replaced the massive 8, 6, and 4-bore black powder cartridges that were the standard of their day.

Hornady's 450 Nitro Express 3¼" ammunition uses premium smokeless propellants to create a safe, accurate and affordable alternative to other large game ammo on the market. Featuring a 480 grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of 2,150 feet per second, The Hornady 450 NE offers two bullet styles to suit any large game situation. The Dangerous Game™ Solid (DGS®) is a non-expanding solid for deep penetration on the toughest animals in the world. And the 480 grain Dangerous Game eXpanding (DGX®) expands to allow more energy to be transferred upon impact, while still delivering deep penetration and devastating wound cavities.

Hornady is manufacturing both bullets and cartridge cases in-house to the ultra tight tolerances that have made Hornady synonymous with successful Safaris. This in-house manufacture also ensures that there will be no shortage of this fine ammunition.


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