The Anatomy of a Hornady® Cartridge

photo of cartridge cuatawaysphoto of cartridges in handAt Hornady, we started manufacturing ammunition to give the hunter and non-reloading shooter an extra advantage–handloaded accuracy in a factory-loaded round. We start with Hornady bullets. The same bullets reloaders use for pinpoint accuracy and dependable performance. Every cartridge is loaded with these bullets on our precision presses one after another.

We carefully inspect cartridges before they go into a box. Brass, primers and bullets are carefully screened one last time for flaws, scratches or imperfections. Unless every round is right, we don’t sell it.


The most important part of a loaded cartridge is the bullet. Used by handloaders around the world, Hornady bullets are legendary because of their dependability and performance.


Most Hornady ammunition is loaded in Hornady manufactured cases. We carefully manufacture our brass cases for reliable feeding, corrosion resistance, proper hardness and the ability to withstand maximum chamber pressures. We measure for consistently tight wall concentricity and even run our cases through a pressure calibration test to ensure uniform case expansion during firing. Thanks to this kind of manufacturing care, Hornady cases will ensure proper seating of the bullet, both in the case and in the chamber and ultimately yields optimal velocity, repeatable accuracy and numerous reloads.

The powder in each cartridge is specifically chosen, based on performance, pressure, velocity and accuracy. We use only the highest quality powders on the market. Each new lot of powder we use is doublechecked for consistency. Our continued testing and research guarantees the optimum powder choices.


Primers are selected for proven ability to work efficiently. They are carefully matched to each load and chosen for their ability to quickly and consistently ignite the entire powder charge.

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