Ammunition

What is the difference between Critical DUTY™ & Critical DEFENSE®

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What's the Difference?

What happened to the Light Magnum® and Heavy Magnum® lines of ammunition?

 

With the advent of SuperformanceTM Ammunition, Light Magnum® and Heavy Magnum® Ammunition has been discontinued.

"Superformance ammunition provides all the positives of Light and Heavy Magnum (increased velocity without increased barrel wear), but has added benefits as well. Simply stated; Superformance provides 100 to 200 feet per second faster muzzle velocities than any conventional ammunition; there's no increase in felt recoil; no sacrifice in accuracy, and it gives up far less velocity when shot from shorter barreled rifles. Superformance is also friendly for use in all guns, including semi-autos, unlike Light and Heavy Magnum that had a pressure curve that wasn't conducive for use in semi-autos." - Jason Hornady, Vice President/Director of Sales.

Originally developed and pioneered by Hornady in the early 1990's, both Light Magnum® and Heavy Magnum® ammunition set the original standard for increased performance by providing higher velocity and energy from existing cartridges through a proprietary propellant and loading process. As revolutionary as this product was, it has now simply been eclipsed. SuperformanceTM ammunition is a 21st Century shift in ammunition technology. There's no gimmicks, no compromises, only benefits. It's faster (100 to 200 fps faster than any conventional ammunition on the market), extremely accurate, and there's NO increase in felt recoil (unlike Light Magnum® and Heavy Magnum®).

For more about Superformance please click here.

 

 

I would like to return my ammunition, how do I do that?

Ammunition Warranty


All Hornady ammunition is warranted against material and workmanship defects. If the ammunition is found to be defective due to material or workmanship, Hornady will replace the defective ammunition at no charge to the customer.

All ammunition warranty claims are handled on a case-by-case basis. In order to initiate a claim, please contact our Customer Service Technicians at 800-338-3220.

All ammunition warranty claims must have a Return Authorization (RA) number assigned before acceptance at our facility for further examination. Please DO NOT send ammunition without obtaining a RA number from our Customer Service staff.

NOTE: Improper storage and handling of ammunition may result in damage to the product. The appearance of exposure, corrosion or any other evidence of damage that occurred after the product was sold will void any warranties.

To return a product, send with transportation prepaid, to:

Hornady Manufacturing Company
3625 West Old Potash Hwy
Grand Island NE 68803

Prices and/or specifications are subject to change without notice.

Is Hornady +P ammunition safe to use in my handgun?

Hornady +P ammunition is manufactured to industry +P standards and is safe to use in any firearm that is regulated to +P pressures.

Since ELD-X bullets are not bonded, will the jacket and core separate?

ELD-X Bullet Jacket/Core Separation

High impact velocities may occasionally cause the ELD-X bullet jacket to roll back past the InterLock ring during penetration leading to jacket core separation as the bullet comes to rest. When bullets stop inside an animal, there is elasticity to the flesh and especially hide that pull the bullet backward into the animal and often times flip the direction of the bullet around due to the weight being heavier on the frontal expanded area. It is at this point that bullets expanded past their InterLock may separate. While some may argue that this is a negative jacket and core separation, it is happening after the penetration, not at the beginning. It’s simple physics; the extremely light bullet jacket cannot penetrate to the offside of the animal without the lead core.

The ELD-X is a revolutionary new style of bullet and raises the bar for all projectiles. It is unconventional in its capabilities and its performance. As far as recovered bullets are concerned, the lethality of ELD-X bullets speaks for itself. For further explanation, please see below.

ELD-X Bullet Terminal Performance Explained

Hornady ELD-X (Extremely Low Drag – eXpanding) bullets are designed to provide reliable expansion at both conventional and extended range. Coupled with high ballistic coefficients (BC) and match-grade accuracy these hunting bullets are as good on the range as they are in the field. Designing a bullet that will expand at conventional 2,800 to 3,200 fps (feet per second) down to as low as 1,600 fps is no small task. Typical tipped or soft point style lead core bullets stop expanding reliably at 1,800 fps or slightly lower. Solid copper or copper-alloy style bullets typically need well over 2,000 fps to reliably expand. Over the years, hunters have tended to use match bullets for their long range (low velocity) needs as they offer the accuracy needed to hit targets at longer ranges and the bullets had a better chance at disrupting (though not expanding in a traditional fashion) to help cause damage. The match bullets (especially BTHP designs) disruption is rarely consistent and can include anything from tumbling to fragmenting to passing through like an FMJ bullet and depends more on what it hits to cause disruption as opposed to working by design. Another downside of using match bullets for hunting is high velocity impacts (close range) tend to make match bullets fragment on impact and not reach penetration depths needed for humane kills on game.

The ELD-X bullet provides deep penetration and reliable expansion at both ends of the velocity spectrum. This sets it apart from all other bullets on the market. To achieve this kind of terminal flexibility requires unconventional performance. For a bullet to expand at 1,600 fps, it is imperative that the frontal area open up/mushroom very quickly. Conventional bullets that expand at low velocity will blow-up or fragment upon high velocity impacts. Conversely, bullets that are designed for deep penetration at close range (high velocity impact) won’t expand at low velocity and rarely provide the accuracy needed for longer range hunting nor have high enough BC’s to retain energy and reduce wind deflection. ELD-X bullets are designed with a thin-jacketed frontal area that will expand at low velocity and a gradually thicker jacket and InterLock ring that keep the shank together and penetrating at high velocity impacts. The nose of the ELD-X is designed to expand by being initiated by the Heat Shield tip. Contact of the tip and game animal forces the tip back into the jacket starting the expansion process. Expansion of long range, lower velocity impacts is limited by the continually thickening jacket design and typically resembles a traditional mushroomed bullet. 80-90% weight retention can be expected and 20-24” of penetration is common. These values may vary slightly, like any bullet, depending on the specific impact details on the game animal.

At closer range impacts, the nose rapidly expands due to the higher velocity. Some of the thin jacket material that guarantees lower velocity expansion may be shed in this process until the thick jacketed portion of the nose is reached. This slight shedding of the thin nose section typically results in retained weights of 50-60%. Even though more weight is lost, terminal performance is almost identical to that of longer range impacts with penetrations of 20-24” and very large wound cavities. If impact velocities are high enough, the ELD-X will continue to expand until reaching the high InterLock ring where expansion will be slowed dramatically due to the thick shank of the jacket. Unconventional in its performance, the ELD-X may not resemble traditional designs but its wound channel and penetration characteristics are equal to or greater than traditional designs at traditional ranges.

Hornady engineers have worked hard to design the ELD-X bullets to balance between expanding quickly, but not expanding too quickly. A mechanical Interlock ring is swaged high on the shank to help keep the jacket and core material together. On high velocity impacts, occasionally the bullet jacket will roll back past the InterLock ring during penetration and the two will separate when the bullet comes to rest. When bullets stop inside an animal, there is elasticity to the flesh and especially hide that pull the bullet backward into the animal and often times flip the direction of the bullet around due to the weight being heavier on the frontal expanded area. It is at this point that bullets that expand past their InterLock may separate. While some may argue that this is a negative jacket and core separation, it is happening after the penetration, not at the beginning. It’s simple physics; the extremely light bullet jacket cannot penetrate to the offside of the animal without the lead core. While any traditional “cup and core” bullet can suffer from a jacket and core separation, it is not common. Keep in mind that an average bullet encounters severely more energy upon impact when hitting game than it did to form the bullet during manufacturing. With all of the various angles that bullets encounter tough hide, bone and tissue, there is a tremendous amount of impact on the bullets and occasionally strange things can happen. While bonded bullets may not allow the separation of jacket and core materials, they are not typically capable of the accuracy needed for extended range shooting.

The ELD-X is a revolutionary new style of bullet and raises the bar for all projectiles. It is unconventional in its capabilities and its performance.