About the Podcast

Welcome to the hornady podcast!

Tune into The Hornady Podcast, where we’ve got some of the biggest names in the industry as well as the leading innovators of bullet technology locked, loaded and ready to deliver the goods on the topics that interest you most.

Whether it’s hunting, shooting, reloading or just enjoying the great outdoors, trust Hornady Marketing Communications Manager Seth Swerczek to get the rarest insights and best moments from outdoor celebrities and Hornady experts alike..

New episodes drop each week.

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Ep. 131
DEEP DIVE with GARMIN | Xero C1 Pro Chronograph |

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Garmin Senior Product Manager, Chad VanCamp and Software Engineer, Phillip Carroll. The guys discuss what prompted Garmin to enter the sporting chronograph market and what the R&D process entailed for the XERO C1 Pro Chronograph. The conversation also covers some of the engineering hurdles along the way and finishes up with the obligatory one cartridge/one bullet question. We hope you enjoy the dive into the most popular chronograph on the market!

Ep. 130
John Scoutten Shooting USA

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On this episode, Seth is joined by John Scoutten from Shooting USA. Originally hosted by John’s father, Jim Scoutten, John is maintaining the family tradition as a host, producer, and competitive shooter, for America’s most watched firearms show; Shooting USA. John works to share his expertise and passion for firearms with the audience, while paving the way to welcome new shooters to competition. We hope you enjoy the dive into this iconic TV show!

Ep. 129
Hit Probability

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Jayden for another episode of Quinlan's Corner. This show dissects the five contributing factors as to why a bullet goes where it goes in a long range shot. The guys discuss how the variables at play can compound each other. By knowing and understanding the five factors, the shooter can start to establish their hit probability for a given target. The foundation has been laid for this with episodes 29, 31, 34, 44, 50, 52, and 57. We hope you enjoy this highly educational episode.

Ep. 128
Reduced Recoil Reloading

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Miles Neville and Preston Lentfer. This show was a listener suggested topic which is reducing recoil by way of hand loading. The guys talk about various ways to get this done safely and effectively and the reasons you might want to consider giving it a try. They also go over other options for reducing recoil for those that don’t hand load. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 127
NEW Patented Drag Variability Reduction Technology | DVRT™ |

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen, and Ballisticians, Jayden Quinlan and Jacob Morrow. The guys go into great detail on the new Drag Variability Reduction Technology (DVRT™). This patented bullet tip design ensures the ultimate in ballistic consistency by increasing drag uniformity from bullet to bullet. Topics include the definition of drag variability and how it is accurately measured, the DVRT design process, how and when this technology was implemented, as well as a comparison to BC variability. We hope you enjoy this technical dive into Drag Variability Reduction Technology.

Ep. 126
5 Rules of the Range

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On this episode, Seth and Matt are joined by the new Heartland Public Shooting Park Manager and Hornady employee, Tom Busch. The guys discuss one of the most important parts of range safety – proper shooting range etiquette. Whether it’s your first time at a public shooting range or you’re a regular range guest, the guys cover some written and unwritten rules that can help us all. We hope you enjoy the episode!

Ep. 125
Let's Talk Scope Mounting

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Mounting a rifle scope properly is VITAL to not only getting on target, but STAYING on target. Attention to detail here will pay dividends in the field. In this episode Seth & Preston take a precision rifle, scope, and rings from out of the box to range ready. The guys start by covering recommended tools and then dive deep into the process of installing the rings and then mounting and leveling the scope. This episode is filled with firsthand tips & tricks – we hope you learn and enjoy!

Ep. 124
America: 10 Firearms That Shaped Our Nation

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Mark Keefe, Editorial Director of NRA Publications. The pair walks through one of Mark’s articles in American Rifleman titled, “America: 10 Firearms That Shaped Our Nation.” It’s stated that it was hard to choose only ten, but for the history buffs out there, we think you will enjoy this episode.

Ep. 123
Hornady Reloading Dies Showdown

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Hornady Project Engineer, Ben Syring. The guys explain the difference between Hornady Custom Grade™ Dies, Hornady Match™ Grade Dies, and Hornady Custom Made™ Dies. They discuss the benefits of each die and go through a few different scenarios and why you could use one die over the other. If you’ve ever wondered which die set to get, this is the episode is just for you!

Ep. 122
5 Monolithic Bullet Facts

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Jayden Quinlan and Preston Lentfer. The guys answer some frequently asked questions and deliver five monolithic bullet facts, including information on fouling, pressure, and terminal performance. We hope you enjoy this educational episode!

Ep. 121
Let's Talk Load Development

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Preston Lentfer and Miles Neville. The discussion starts by reviewing traditional methods of advanced reloading. Many of the techniques and advanced reloading tactics are clouded with myth and dogma. The guys analyze the methods using large sample size testing. The podcast then culminates in a step-by-step load development process. We hope you enjoy this educational episode.

Ep. 120
10 Products You Should Know About

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Preston Lentfer and Judd Jarzynka. The Hornady catalog is filled with thousands of products you know and love however, there may be a few items that you're not familiar with. The guys discuss ten Hornady products you may have overlooked through the years for example, the Square-Lok organizing system. The revolutionary Square-Lok accessories lock in easily and hold firmly for countless storage configurations. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 119
How to Choose a PRS Cartidge

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Matt Ritchie and Hornady Engineers, Miles Neville and Brendan Meyer. With so many viable cartridges to choose from, narrowing down the right one for your PRS rifle can be difficult. The guys discuss various features of popular long-range cartridges and walk you through a step-by-step process to select the best option for you. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 118
280 Remington & 280 Ackley

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Preston Lentfer and Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen. The guys discuss the history, design, and value of the 280 Remington and 280 Ackley Improved. We hope you enjoy this informative and enjoyable episode!

Ep. 117
Preparing and Eating Wild Game

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Preston Lentfer and engineers, Brendan Meyer and Ryan Damman. The group gathers around to talk about their favorite cuts, techniques, and recipes for preparing wild game. From choice cuts to burger and jerky the guys break down what they like to do with their deer, antelope, and elk. If you’re not hungry now, you will be by the time this show is over. Enjoy!

Ep. 116
Donald Trump Jr. | Hunting, Shooting & Conservation

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Marketing Director, Neil Davies and special guest, Donald Trump Jr. at the Dallas Safari Club show. The guys start the conversation with how Don was introduced to hunting and shooting sports at a young age and how he dove into the science and art of long-range shooting. The conversation wraps up with Don’s involvement with the Field Ethos brand and his dedication to conservation around the world. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 115
This is the BEST Coyote Cartridge?!

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Preston Lentfer, Matt Ritchie, and Judd Jarzynka. The guys dive deep into what could be a controversial topic: what is the best coyote hunting cartridge? The guys discuss a variety of ammo and bullet offerings from Hornady and give their input of what they believe is the best cartridge to use for coyote hunting. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 114
Barrel Cleaning Part 2

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan and Lead Lab Technician, Matt George. We apologize for the delay, but this episode is barrel cleaning part two of the three-part series. The guys dive deep into best practices for barrel cleaning, carbon rings, products used, and much more. We hope you enjoy this episode, be sure to tune into part three!

Ep. 113
Mike Robinson - The Most Interesting Man in the Industry?

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Marketing Director, Neil Davies, and special guest, Mike Robinson. Recorded at the Safari Club International show in Nashville, Tennessee, this episode spurred some brilliant conversation. Hailing from England, Mike is a restaurateur and chef, the host of Farming the Wild on the Outdoor Channel, a military tank connoisseur, a passionate conservationist, and the host of Chef Mike Robinson on YouTube. Topics covered include Mike’s introduction to the outdoors, supplying wild game to restaurants in the UK, game handling techniques, favorite ways to prepare venison, and so much more. You don’t want to miss this episode with - potentially - the most interesting man in the industry!

Ep. 112
Let's Talk Gas Guns & System Tuning

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On this episode, Seth is joined by fellow marketeer, Judd Jarzynka, and Project Engineer, Miles Neville. The conversation dives deep into the AR-15 direct impingement system; specifically, the importance of gas system tuning. Shorter barrels, suppressors, and subsonic ammo can affect how an AR-15 functions. The guys share their experiences from a number of AR builds – there is no one way to tune them all. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 111
Choosing a PRC Cartridge

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On this episode, Seth is joined by fellow marketeer, Judd Jarzynka, and Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen. This episode is centered around the “PRC” family of rifle cartridges. Specifically, the topic of “which one should you choose?” The guys break the conversation down by application and share their thoughts on which they would choose in a variety of scenarios. It’s sure tough to play favorites in the PRC line, so you may feel the urge to collect them all!

Ep. 110
Let's Talk Barrel Tuners

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Jayden and Miles along with special guest and author, Jeff Siewert. This show is a technical deep dive into muzzle tuners. While barrel tuners are nothing new, they have experienced a resurgence in the precision rifle sports over the last few years. If you've ever wondered if you can dial in accuracy by simply adjusting a tuner, you will enjoy this podcast!

Ep. 109
Let's Talk Straight Wall Cartridges

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Nick Earixson and Ryan Damman from the engineering department. The guys dive into some of the laws and regulations for the "straight-wall states". The conversation covers the states where straight-walled cartridges are becoming increasingly more popular, which cartridges are being used the most, and some of our personal favorites. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 108
Q&A | Season 3 |

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On the first episode of Season 3, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan and Project Engineer, Miles Neville. This show is a Q&A session modeled after episode 60 of the Hornady Podcast, "It's Time to Answer Some Questions." This is a "tech talk," if you will but the guys also have a little fun with the questions and comments that were presented by our viewers. Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to sharing the rest of season 3 with you in 2024, which marks our 75th year in business!

Ep. 107
25 - 06 Rem

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by fellow marketing team member Matt Ritchie and sales technician Mitch Rother. The guys are continuing the discussion of cartridges based off the 30-06 by detailing the 25-06. As usual, the conversation covers the history, the design, its use as a sporting cartridge, and some of the many reasons that the 25-06 has become a go-to hunting cartridge. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 106
The 270 Win

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On this episode, Seth is joined by fellow marketeers, Matt Ritchie and Preston Lentfer. The show dives deep into the 270 Winchester. Conversations include the history, its sporting application, ammunition options, and some comparisons. We hope you enjoy and learn about this “controversial” cartridge.

Ep. 105
Inside the Career of an Outdoor Writer

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On this episode, Seth sits down with Outdoor Writer & Editor – John Zent. John is a well-known and very well respected outdoor writer who has been with NRA Publications for nearly 40 years. John has worn many hats for NRA through the years: an outdoor writer, editor, manager, mentor, and more. Through his tenure, John has traveled throughout the world and hunted alongside many notable individuals, including Steve & Jason Hornady. John shares a bit of insight on his humble beginnings and the lifestyle of an outdoor writer. If you have a passion for hunting, shooting, and the great outdoors, this episodes for you! John is a gentleman with an abundance of knowledge about the industry we all know and love. It was a pleasure having him on the Hornady Podcast.

Ep. 104
The Legendary 30 - 06

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Lead Ballistics Lab Technician, Matt George and Project Engineer, Miles Neville. This episode is centered around the legendary 30-06 Springfield. The guys discuss the history of this cartridge and how it’s still used today. Hornady has an assortment of 30-06 offerings designed to tackle numerous applications. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 103
Should You Clean Your Barrel? Part 1

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan. There’s a lot of myth and dogma surrounding barrel cleaning. What kind of barrel maintenance schedule should you keep, how should you clean a barrel, and should you even clean it at all? This show lays the groundwork for why barrel cleaning and maintenance is necessary and what can happen if a barrel goes neglected. We hope you enjoy this educational episode.

Ep. 102
Long Range Made Easy

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan. While long-range shooting can be a bit intimidating to get into, the guys breakdown the bare bones of what it takes to get started. They cover what pieces of information are required and how to best use the resources available to you in order to make your first shot at extended range. With a bit of due diligence, you may be surprised how quickly you are able to impact targets at extended ranges. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 101
How Commercial Cartridges are Born

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen, Director of Marketing, Neil Davies, and Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan. The group discusses what it takes to bring a cartridge from a concept to commercially available. The conversation begins with defining the SAAMI organization, and why the standardization process is so critical for new cartridges. They cover how wildcatting encourages growth within the industry and also dispel some common myths. We hope you enjoy this educational episode.

Ep. 100
Let's Talk Revolvers

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On this episode, Seth is joined by engineering technicians, Mike “Whitey” Jensen and Nick Earixson. The topic at hand is revolvers. Specifically, the history of revolvers, hunting uses, bullet designs for wheel guns, and lastly, what models and loads the guys use for their hunting adventures. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 099
Let's Talk Mean Radius

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan and Project Engineer, Miles Neville. The topic at hand is mean radius. The guys discuss what mean radius is, how to figure it, and how to use it when it comes to load selection. Mean radius is not well-known to most shooters however, it's an extremely valuable tool and can greatly improve load development process as well as give the shooter a more realistic understanding of their rifles performance. . We hope you enjoy this educational episode!

Ep. 098
V - MATCH Ammo | NEW PRODUCT |

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen, and Ballisticians, Jayden Quinlan and Jacob Morrow. The guys take a deep dive into a brand new product line; Hornady V-Match ammunition. This line is exclusively loaded with ELD-VT bullets, which are highly accurate, light for length, low-drag varmint and target bullets. They discuss the propellant testing and selection process along with why this ammo should not be overlooked by varmint hunters and target shooters alike. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 097
ELD - VT Bullets | NEW PRODUCT |

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen, Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan, and Project Engineer, Miles Neville. The discussion covers our new ELD-VT bullet specifically, the design, and the application. This exciting new bullet takes our extremely low-drag match bullet shape and pairs it with the rapid fragmentation of our varmint bullets, creating a dual-purpose, long-range varmint and target bullet. By utilizing a unique core configuration, the bullets have excellent drag characteristics and exceptional terminal performance. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 096
22 ARC | NEW CARTRIDGE |

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen, Marketing Director, Neil Davies, and Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan. We are excited to announce the all new 22 Advanced Rifle Cartridge (ARC). The guys take a technical dive into how and why the cartridge was developed, along with what factory ammo offerings are available. Whether you’re a target shooter or a varmint hunter, in a bolt gun or a gas gun, the 22 ARC is a fantastic choice. Enjoy the show!

Ep. 095
2024 New Products

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On this episode Seth is joined by company Vice President, Jason Hornady, Marketing Director, Neil Davies, and Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen. It’s late October and that means the release of our new products for 2024! This episode gives an overview of all our new products for the coming year. While they are covered here, we will have separate deep dive episodes for the 22 ARC, ELD-VT Bullets, and V-Match ammunition. Listen and learn about our exciting new product lineup for 2024! We hope you enjoy!

Ep. 094
The BEST Deer Cartridge?

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by fellow marketeer, Preston Lentfer, and project engineers, Miles Neville and Ryan Damman. With the coolness of fall in the air, the crew is debating what the ideal whitetail cartridge is. The discussion covers caliber and cartridge preferences along with how bullet performance relates to caliber and cartridge selection. We hope you enjoy this potentially controversial episode!

Ep. 093
The 204 Ruger

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Director of Engineering, Mitch Mittelstaedt, and retired Ballistician, Dave Emary. This show dives into the development of the 204 Ruger. The 204 Ruger achieves blistering speeds, making it an excellent choice for varmint hunters. From prairie dogs to coyotes, this is the ultimate flat-shooting, low recoil, high-velocity varmint cartridge. Enjoy the show.

Ep. 092
4DOF | The Backstory |

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Marketing Director Neil Davies, Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan, and retired Ballistician Dave Emary. The guys are in the studio discussing the need, the how, and the why when it comes to the Hornady Ballistics App with 4DOF. This one is a deep dive, and it reveals why 4DOF should be in your corner when you squeeze the trigger. We hope you enjoy.

Ep. 091
Critical Duty & Critical Defense | The Development |

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Jason Hornady and retired Ballistician Dave Emary. The guys pull the curtain back on this one, discussing the development of Critical Duty and Critical Defense ammunition. They dive deep on some of the challenges they faced and how they were able to overcome in order to make the most premier lines of self-defense ammunition on the market today. We hope you enjoy!

Ep. 090
375 Ruger | 338 RCM | 300 RCM

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Steve Hornady, Director of Engineering, Mitch Mittelstaedt, and former ballistician and outdoor writer, Dave Emary. This show dives deep into the development of the 375 Ruger, 300, and 338 Ruger Compact Magnum cartridges. The discussion begins with the technical aspects of the cartridge design and then transitions to the state of the industry during the time of development. These cartridges would later become parents of some widely popular newer cartridges but they also stand on their own merits. We hope you enjoy!

Ep. 089
Let's Talk Suppressors

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On this episode, Seth is accompanied by Project Engineer, Miles Neville, and marketing team members Preston Lentfer and Matt Ritchie. The guys discuss suppressor application for hunting, competitive shooting, and target practice. They go into detail on how easy suppressor ownership can be and how several companies within the industry have streamlined the process. If you’ve considered purchasing a suppressor, give this episode a listen!

Ep. 088
Shot Placement Vimeo

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by marketing team members, Matt Ritchie, Preston Lentfer, and Judd Jarzynka. The topic at hand is shot placement when hunting. Specifically, the size of the game and the bullet construction in relation to where you want the bullet to go. It seems like this subject has been debated for quite some time, so we wanted to share our opinion. Feel free to share your opinion in the comments as well!

Ep. 087
ELD - X & ELD Match Bullets

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Assistant Director of Engineering Joe Thielen, Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan, and retired Ballistician Dave Emary. This show dives deep into the development and features of ELD-X and ELD Match bullets. The discussion starts with the purchase of a Doppler radar and a mission to create the best all-range hunting bullet on the market. The ELD-X project led to some important discoveries and that technology was implemented into the new line of ELD Match bullets. We hope you enjoy this entertaining and educational episode about two of our most popular bullets.

Ep. 086
Wild Boar Fever

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On this episode, Seth and Neil are talking with the crew from Wild Boar Fever. Joining us today is the Host of the show Franz-Albrecht Oettingen-Spielberg, Carl Gustav Schulin-Howaldt with Aimpoint and Simon K. Barr with Tweed Media. We discuss some of the differences between hunting in the US and the traditional European driven hunts that are featured on Wild Boar Fever. The guys also hit on the importance of conservation and why driven hunts really work well for the conservation efforts over in Europe. Wild Boar Fever will launch their 12th season September 3rd on the Outdoor Channel and September 5th on My Outdoor TV. We hope you enjoy the show and tune into the coming premiere of Wild Boar Fever season 12.

Ep. 085
Let's Talk Twist Rate

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan. The guys first cover the history of rifled barrels and then take a deep dive into gyroscopic stability. They discuss what gyroscopic stability is, how to measure it and why it is necessary. They wrap up with a discussion on how twist rate affects terminal performance, dispersion, and bullet integrity. We hope you enjoy this educational show on twist rate.

Ep. 084
How to Sight In a Rifle

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Ballistician, Jacob Morrow and Project Engineer, Miles Neville. The guys explain how to sight in a rifle for conventional range hunting, extended range hunting, and competition. They also discuss the dos and don'ts when zeroing your rifle. The podcast wraps up with two new, “One Cartridge, One Bullet” answers. Hopefully this episode is helpful the next time you sight in your rifle.

Ep. 083
6.5 Creedmoor | The REAL Story Uncovered |

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On this highly anticipated episode, Seth is joined by Hornady Marketing Director, Neil Davies, Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen, and retired Ballistician, Dave Emary. The guys discuss how the cartridge was developed and also share some inside stories on what took the 6.5 Creedmoor from a black-ops project to one of the most popular rifle cartridges in the world. While the 6.5 Creedmoor has been the face of more than a few internet memes, the fact remains – the 6.5 Creedmoor revolutionized the industry for target and hunting cartridges. We hope you enjoy this show about one of the most popular cartridges in existence!

Ep. 082
Let's Talk Load Data

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan and Lead Ballistics Lab Technician, Matt George. The guys discuss how load data is developed for the Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading. They cover pressure and velocity testing methods as well as why load data differs between various companies. We hope this episode helps answer some questions you may have about load data.

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Podcast - 17 HMR

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan and Lead Ballistics Lab Technician, Matt George. The guys discuss how load data is developed for the Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading. They cover pressure and velocity testing methods as well as why load data differs between various companies. We hope this episode helps answer some questions you may have about load data.

Ep. 080
FREE BULLETS | Get Loaded 2023 |

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Get in the reloading redzone with the 2023 Hornady Get Loaded promotion! On this episode, Seth is joined by Hornady engineers, Ben Syring and Tyler Schoening. The guys discuss the promotion in full detail and help further explain why there's no better time to stock your reloading bench. Choose from the most durable, precise, and convenient tools on the market and receive FREE bullets to get you started. We hope you enjoy this episode! To find out more about the Hornady Get Loaded promotion, please visit: https://www.hornady.com/getloaded2023

Ep. 079
Going Ballistic with Dave Emary

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Marketing Director, Neil Davies and former Hornady Senior Ballistic Scientist, Dave Emary. The guys discuss what initially attracted Dave to shooting, his career in physics, and how that lead to his passion for ballistics. The conversation then shifts to Dave’s tenure at Hornady and all of the monumental projects he was involved in. Dave has spent his entire adult life studying ballistics and projectile design. We hope you enjoy the conversation with this ballistic legend.

Ep. 078
Let's Talk Barrels with Jeff Siewert

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Author and Engineer, Jeff Siewert. This show is all about barrels; specifically, barrel materials, method of rifling, heat treating, and much more. Much like bullets, barrels play a crucial role in accuracy and performance, thus making barrels one of the most important components of any rifle build. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 077
Match Ammunition

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen and Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan. This week, the guys explain what makes match ammo – match ammo. The term “Match Accurate” isn’t used lightly within these walls and they cover, in detail, why that is and what it takes for a bullet and ammo line to earn that recognition. The guys also do a great breakdown of the components that make up a loaded cartridge – bullet, cartridge case, powder, and primer – and how each of these components affect the other. Turns out, it can be quite the balancing act to get all four to play together and provide truly match accurate performance.

Ep. 076
Let's Talk Powder

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On this episode, Seth, Jayden, and Miles gather to talk about all things powder. They begin with a brief history of gun powder and discuss the advancements that have brought us to modern day smokeless propellants. They discuss the types of powders and the different chemistries that are used today. Temperature stability is also discussed as well as progressive burn speeds. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the powders that you hand load with or how powders are chosen for factory ammunition, you will want to check this one out.

Ep. 075
3 - Gun & More with Dillen Easley

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On this episode, Seth and Matt are joined in the studio by Hornady Sponsored Shooter, Dillen Easley. The guys talk about Dillen’s younger years; specifically, how he got into the shooting sports. They also discuss one of Dillen's favorite matches, the Hornady Zombies in the Heartland 3-Gun Match and how it differs from other matches across the country. They end the show by talking about the many different ways to find matches to shoot across the country and other ways to get involved in the shooting sports. Dillen is a great Hornady ambassador and it was great having him on our podcast, we hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 074
Deer and Deer Hunting with Dan Schmidt

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On this episode, Seth and Judd are joined by Dan Schmidt of Deer and Deer Hunting. With nearly 30 years of experience in the outdoor industry, the guys discuss the history behind Deer and Deer Hunting and whitetail science and strategy with Dan. We found Dan’s knowledge incredibly fascinating and we hope you do too. Learn more about Deer and Deer Hunting by visiting the Deer Talk Now Podcast, Deer and Deer Hunting social media, and the Pursuit Channel where they have a two-hour block with four TV shows!

Ep. 073
One Cartridge - One Bullet | What Would You Choose? |

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Neil Davies, Mike Jensen, and Preston Lentfer. The guys discuss an interesting hypothetical scenario: if you could only use one cartridge and one bullet for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? Everyone has a different answer, it's interesting to hear how they respond  What would you pick?     

Ep. 072
7mm - 08

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Judd Jarzynka and Preston Lentfer from the marketing department. The guys are diving deep in to the 7mm-08. Conversations include its history, applications, factory ammo options, and some ballistic comparison. We hope you enjoy and learn a thing or two about this well-rounded cartridge.

Ep. 71
Let's Talk Cartridge Cases with Jeff Siewert

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On this episode, Seth is once again joined by author and engineer, Jeff Siewert.  This podcast takes a deep dive into cartridge cases.  The guys discuss Jeff's experience with cases, their material properties, and how they interact with the chamber during the firing event.  We hope you enjoy this educational episode!

Ep. 070
Industry Legend Charlie Dunkin

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by industry legend Charlie Dunkin. Charlie has spent over 60 years in the industry as a manufacturer’s sales representative as well as Chairman of Dunkin-Lewis Inc. His company represents a host of outdoor industry brands and he’s been proud to represent Hornady for over 55 years. Charlie learned how to work hard at a very young age and reminisces on his early years as well as his start in the industry and the start of his relationship with Hornady. Charlie employed Jason Hornady for 11 years and is one of Jason’s closest mentors. We hope you enjoy the conversation and can learn a thing or two from an industry legend.

Ep. 069
Critical Duty & Critical Defense - What's the difference?

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Judd Jarzynka and MIL/LE Contract Coordinator, John Hasselmann. The guys discuss handgun ammunition; specifically, Hornady Critical Duty® and Critical Defense®. The two lines may look very similar but they have considerable differences. Critical Defense is the ultimate choice for any short-barreled, concealed-carry-style firearm. Critical Duty is built to meet the needs and requirements of LE/Tactical professionals as well as law-abiding citizens who prefer a full-size handgun for their personal protection. Join us as we discuss additional details, advantages, and applications of each.

Ep. 068
Industry Legend Ken Berger

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Jason Hornady and industry legend, Ken Berger. Ken has been an integral member of the extended Hornady family since 1969 and even employed Jason Hornady directly out of college. Ken is now retired from the industry but spent decades in the field. After leaving the Army, Ken worked as a field representative for Remington, then as an independent manufacturer’s sales representative, then rep group owner and principle of Sportco Marketing. Ken represented numerous companies throughout his career and we’re grateful that Hornady was on that list. Jason and Ken reminisce with stories of time spent at the Grand American Trapshooting Championships, lessons learned, and industry insights. We hope you enjoy the show and take away some of the knowledge and savvy Ken has to offer.

Ep. 067
NEW Hornady Ballistics App Feature - GROUP ANALYSIS

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Hornady Ballistician, Jacob Morrow. The guys take an in-depth look at the NEW Group Analysis feature in the Hornady Ballistics App. Group Analysis offers the user an intuitive method of measuring group size, impact offsets, and other group metrics. It can also be used during Find Zero Angle to calculate Impact Height and Impact Windage values within the 4DOF Calculator. We hope you enjoy the show, be sure to download the Hornady Ballistics App via Google Play or Apple App Store!

Ep. 066
One in the Chamber?

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Judd Jarzynka and the MIL/LE Product Manager, Scott Javins. The guys discuss when they feel it is appropriate to carry a firearm with a round in the chamber.  The discussion starts with personal defense considerations and evolves into different hunting scenarios.  The choice to keep a round in the chamber is nuanced but ultimately comes down to the users training and comfortability.  We hope you learn something and enjoy the show. 

Ep. 065
The Versatile 243 Win

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Judd Jarzynka and Preston Lentfer. This show revolves around the versatile, 243 Winchester. This cartridge is probably the most popular of the 308 Winchester “children” and can take game from the smallest of varmints to medium game with equal aplomb. We talk about the history of the cartridge, current 243 Win. offerings from Hornady, and share some personal stories and experiences with this great round. We hope you enjoy the show!  

Ep. 064
Terminal Ballistics

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan. This piece is all about terminal ballistics; specifically, the study of how a projectile reacts when it hits a target and the transfer of kinetic energy to the target. There’s a lot of dogma and fables surrounding the topic so we thought it would be fun to take a deep dive into the subject. We hope you enjoy this educational episode! 

Ep. 063
How Bullets are Made

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Bullet Plant Manager, Mike Timmerman and Bullet Press Magician, John Potratz. The two guests have nearly 80 combined years of experience at Hornady. The guys discuss their individual careers and then dive into how bullets are made. This is an interesting topic with two of our "legacy guys," we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Ep. 062
The Venerable 308 Win

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Project Engineer, Miles Neville and Lead Ballistics Lab Technician, Matt George. This episode is being released March 8th - happy 308 day! The guys discuss the history of the 308 Winchester and how it's used today. Hornady has a host of 308 Win. offerings designed for numerous applications. We hope you enjoy the show! 

Ep. 061
Reloading | Kits | Getting Started

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Preston Lentfer and Hornady Project Engineer, Ben Syring. The discussion revolves around introduction to reloading and what tools you may need to get started. The guys have the popular, Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic Kit and many other valuable Hornady reloading products you may need when reloading pistol and rifle cartridges. They then discuss proper handloading steps from start to finish. There are numerous reasons to handload, we hope this episode encourages you to get acquainted with this rewarding hobby! 

Ep. 060
It's Time to Answer Some Questions

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Jayden Quinlan and Miles Neville to answer your listener-submitted questions! We received some amazing feedback from our listeners and had a pile of questions come in. We answer a large portion of those questions and provide additional insight into all things shooting and ballistics. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 059
450 Bushmaster

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Marketing Director, Neil Davies and Director of Engineering, Mitch Mittelstaedt. This one is a deep dive into the popular 450 Bushmaster cartridge. The guys discuss the technical details of the cartridge development and also cover what it was like to introduce a cartridge in the mid-2000's. There were a few key factors that helped make this cartridge the success that it is today. Enjoy the show!

Ep. 058
“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” with Simon K. Barr

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by media guru, international hunter and owner of Scottish based Tweed Media, Simon K. Barr and Hornady Marketing Director, Neil Davies. Simon often says ‘never let the truth get in the way of a good story’ and this fascinating show covers his journey through marketing, press and media in the outdoor industry, up mountains, on the backs of elephants and at trade shows. Peek behind the marketing curtain on this not to be missed show!

Ep. 057
One Hole Groups? | Dispersion |

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On This episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan.  In recent episodes, we've covered using statistically valid sample sizes to determine rifle and shooter capability.  This episode expands on that, and tries to answer questions like, "why don't all bullets go into a one hole group?" and "what are the factors that cause group dispersion?".  Many of the things that influence where a bullet goes are misunderstood and this podcast explores those factors.

Ep. 056
V - MAX® Bullets

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen and Marketing Director Neil Davies. The topic of this show is all things V-Max bullets. The V-Max was released as a new product in 1996 and quickly established itself as the best varmint hunting bullet on the market. The team discusses the design aspects of this bullet along with what applications are best suited for the V-Max.

Ep. 055
African Adventures & Conservation around the World with Dave Fulson

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Seth sits down with Dave Fulson of Safari Classics Productions at the 2023 Dallas Safari Club convention. They chat about Dave’s hunting start in Texas and how his love for adventure and big game hunting has since allowed him to travel the globe in several capacities ranging from guide, outfitter, award- winning outdoor writer, videographer, producer and recognized television host. Dave also covers the mission & vison of the Dallas Safari Club and why conservation through hunting is so vital to the success of the animal population in Africa and around the world.

Ep. 054
Ammunition Demystified with Jeff Siewert

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On this episode, Seth and Jayden are joined in the studio by long-time friend and Systems Engineer, Jeff Siewert. Jeff recently retired from the ballistics field where he spent his entire adult life. He authored a book titled, “Ammunition, Demystified The (non) Bubba’s Guide to How Ammo Really Works”. On the show, the guys talk about some of Jeff's interesting stories through his career and Jeff shares some insight on the practices and principles in the small arms field. We hope you enjoy this educational episode!

Ep. 053
Year In Review | Looking Ahead |

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by fellow marketing department members Judd Jarzynka and Preston Lentfer. This show is a recap of sorts, looking back at the first season of episodes of The Hornady Podcast. They guys share their favorite episodes and look towards the future with some sneak peaks of what’s to come. We hope you enjoy and have an awesome 2023!

Ep. 052
Your Groups Are Still Too Small | A Follow Up |

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On this episode, Seth is joined once again by Project Engineer, Miles Neville, and Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan. This is a follow-up podcast to episode #50, where the guys discuss statistics, how they can be used in load development, and how you can use them to truly judge how good of a system you have. We looked at the feedback from our viewers and decided to take another dive into group size and the load development process.

Ep. 051
4DOF Tips & Tricks

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A must-watch this week with Seth and Jayden! The guys take a deep dive into how to use Hornady 4DOF. A tablet screen is displayed, so you can watch all the steps from start to finish, of setting up and using this FREE app. After the initial setup, Jayden offers some pro tips and tricks to get the most out of the app. This is one you can benefit from watching but the guys do a good job of going into great detail so you can follow step-by-step on audio form as well.

Ep. 050
Your Groups Are Too Small | SAMPLE SIZE |

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Project Engineer Miles Neville, and Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan. While this topic can be somewhat controversial, the reality is math doesn’t lie. The guys discuss different ways of load development, velocity ES/SD, and assessing a rifle's performance using data that is statistically significant. Many precision rifle shooters are looking at data sets that are simply too small to properly represent their rifle’s performance. In this podcast we look to dispel some dogma and see how statistics play a role rifle and load analysis.

Ep. 049
Why Use 4DOF

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan. This show is a culmination of sorts, of our ballistic series discussing bullet drag, ballistic coefficients, and drag curves. We take an in-depth look at the 4DOF Ballistic Calculator, specifically on how and why it is superior to BC based ballistic calculators. Enjoy the show.

Ep. 048
Denmark to Nebraska for Whitetail Hunting

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On this episode, Seth and Preston are joined in the studio by Jens Kjær Knudsen and Thomas Nissen. Jens and Thomas are from Denmark and embarked on a journey to small town Nebraska in chase of whitetails. They detail their less than perfect travel and how their successful hunts went down. We found their perspectives quite interesting, and we hope you enjoy the tales.

Ep. 047
Geoff Nemnich

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On this episode, Seth is joined in the studio by fellow marketing team member Judd Jarzynka as well as Sales Technician Matt Ritchie. They are joined over the web by guest of the show and Team Hornady member Geoff Nemnich. Geoff is a co-host of wildly popular YouTube series “The Last Stand” as well as the #1 predator hunting podcast “Eastmans’ Predator Pros”. We talked some basics and got Geoff’s strategies and tactics when it comes to calling coyotes. We had a host of questions for him and picked his brain and found the conversation extremely helpful and we can’t wait for part 2. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 046
Deer Season at Hornady

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On this episode, Seth talks with fellow marketing department members, Judd Jarzynka and Preston Lentfer. They discuss their plans for opening rifle season in Nebraska and then Seth takes off down the halls of Hornady, asking fellow coworkers to share their plans for the season, as well as what cartridge and rifle they are using. It's an exciting time at Hornady and the state of Nebraska. We hope you are as excited for hunting as we are.

Ep. 045
Let's Talk Predator Hunting

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan and Sales Technician Matt Ritchie. The talk revolves around predator hunting. The guys talk about how they got into predator hunting as well as cartridge and bullet choices for different scenarios. We hope you enjoy this one and hopefully it gives you some ideas that could help you in your predator hunting endeavors.

Ep. 044
Bullet Drag & Ballistic Coefficient | Part 2 |

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On this episode, Seth and Jayden continue their conversation on bullet drag and ballistic coefficients. We recommend listening to Ep. 34 before this episode to get an understanding of the topic at hand. If you've ever seemingly chased your tail truing a BC or muzzle velocity, you will want to listen in to this educational episode.

Ep. 043
Bore Driver ELD - X | 2023 New Product |

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On this episode, we revisit 2023 new products from Hornady. This episode is all about muzzleloading; specifically, the brand-new Bore Driver ELD-X projectile. Seth is joined by Project Engineer Ryan Damman, Assistant Director of Engineering Joe Thielen, and fellow Marketing Department member, Judd Jarzynka. The guys discuss product features and benefits and take a dive deep into why the Bore Driver ELD-X delivers the ultimate in muzzleloader performance. We hope you enjoy this episode.

Ep. 042
7mm PRC | 2023 New Product |

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On this episode, we are thrilled to discuss our 2023 new product lineup! Seth is joined by Marketing Director Neil Davies, Assistant Director of Engineering Joe Thielen, and Ballistician Jayden Quinlan. We go into great detail on the all new, 7mm PRC, including how it came to be, the design process, and the potential applications of this cartridge. The 7mm PRC was a passion project for us, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Ep. 041
Product Development | Covert and Overt |

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On this episode, Seth has a full table of guests including Vice President Jason Hornady, Marketing Director Neil Davies, Director of Engineering Mitch Mittelstaedt, and Assistant Director of Engineering Joe Thielen. The topic at hand is product development which can sometimes be in the open or in the folds. They discuss past products and how they came to be as well as the culture that fosters some amazing product creations. Hopefully this podcast gives you some insight on how new products come to be and how passionate we are about the industry. We hope you enjoy!

Ep. 040
2022 Hunting Adventures | Postseason Pronghorn |

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On this episode Seth, Preston, Judd, and Ryan are back in the studio to recap the hunts of four antelope in three states. Ryan details his Utah adventure and then he and Preston go over their public land DIY Nebraska muzzleloader antelope hunt. Then, Preston heads west and shares the story of his Wyoming speed goat hunt. We’re fired up for hunting and this one has fueled the fire. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 039
Moose Mania

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On this episode, Seth sits down with Assistant Director of Engineering Joe Thielen, and engineer of all things awesome, Mike Jensen. All three of these guys just returned from separate moose hunts and they share the recap of their hunts. They talk about challenges and some gear you may want to grab if you are considering a moose hunting adventure. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 038
Muzzleloading

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On this episode, Seth is joined by fellow marketing department members Judd and Preston as well as Engineer Ryan Damman. This show is all about muzzleloaders. The guys talk about their own experiences and introductions to modern muzzleloaders as well as some “tuning” and projectile talk. Muzzleloaders can be fun, and they may extend your season. You will want to tune in to this one.

Ep. 037
Let's Talk Reloading

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On this episode, Seth talks with Ben Syring from Engineering, Matt Ritchie from Tech Services, and Preston Lentfer from Marketing. We discuss our mutual hobby of reloading and the different practices we use on the bench. We all do things a little bit differently, yet most of the time, we end up at the same place. Hopefully you pick up on a thing or two and enjoy the show.

Ep. 036
Is Your Hunting Rifle Ready?

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Is your hunting rifle ready for the upcoming season? On this episode, Seth and Preston are joined by Engineers, Ben Syring and Ryan Damman. They discuss how they used to get their rifles ready for hunting season when they were younger and compare it to how they prepare now and there are some major differences! This chat is a pretty laid back but fun conversation. We hope you enjoy - get your rifles ready to go! Hunting season is upon us.

Ep. 035
Q&A with Seth and Jayden

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On this episode Seth is joined by Preston Lentfer and Jayden Quinlan. Our podcasts about ballistics have been quite popular. We've received some amazing feedback from our listeners, and we've had a slew of questions come in. On this episode, we answer a good handful of those questions and provide additional insight on all things hunting and shooting. We hope you enjoy the show!

Ep. 034
Bullet Drag & Ballistic Coefficient

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Senior Ballistician, Jayden Quinlan. The first topic they cover is bullet drag and they take a brief look at the history of measuring it and then they look at the actual equation that defines bullet drag. They then dive into ballistic coefficient and the equation that measures it with some examples. Cd vs Mach curves are then discussed including what they look like and how they can give you better solutions when compared to a ballistic coefficient. This podcast is deep, dense, and a little longer than usual. It will help if you can watch this one, so check it out on our YouTube channel. We hope you enjoy.

Ep. 032
2022 Hunting Adventures | Preseason Pronghorn |

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On this episode, Seth is joined by project engineer, Ryan Damman as well as Preston Lentfer and Judd Jarzynka from the marketing department. The topic at hand on this one is antelope. Ryan and Preston both have two tags this fall covering 3 different states. The guys talk about some past experiences while antelope hunting and go over some gear, tactics, and strategies. We hope you enjoy the show.

Ep. 033
Custom Rifles | Things to Consider |

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On this episode, Seth talks with fellow marketing department members, Judd Jarzynka and Preston Lentfer as well as project engineer, Miles Neville. The conversation revolves around custom-built rifles where cartridge and component selection is discussed. Upgrades to factory rifles are also considered. This is an episode that we are very passionate about, and we hope you get some good information from it.