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. 020
Jerry Miculek

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On this episode, Seth and Neil talk with the legend Jerry Miculek. Jerry is extremely well known as one of the greatest competition shooters and holds several world records. They talk about Jerry's upbringing, how he got in to shooting, the evolution of shooting sports and gear, and the upcoming Zombies in the Heartland 3-gun match. It was a pleasure chatting with a living legend and we are honored to have him on our team.

Ep. 019
Hornady Custom Shop & Reloading Dies

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Ben Syring and Brad Hardin. Ben is a Project Engineer and the man behind our Custom Die department. Brad is a Sales Technician and helps customers with all things hunting, shooting and reloading. The topic of this podcast is, reloading dies; specifically, our Custom Grade™ and Match Grade™ Dies. With one of the finest internal finishes in the industry, our Custom and Match Grade Dies provide a lifetime of reloading. Whether you're a seasoned reloader or picking out your very first set of dies, we hope this episode helps you understand the pride and effort that goes into our dies and why they are arguably the best value in the market.

Ep. 018
Tajikistan Adventure for Mid - Asian Ibex

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On this episode, Seth and Neil are joined by Ryan Trenka of Leica Optics, David Draper of Petersen’s Hunting, and the legendary hunter and outdoor enthusiast, Craig Boddington. This group recently traveled to Tajikistan to hunt Mid-Asian Ibex using Leica Optics and Hornady CX bullets. They discuss travel, the incredible mountains, hunting adventures, and bullet performance. This hunt is a once in a lifetime adventure for most and we hope you enjoy the story.

Short Stories #2
Dallas Safari Club with Corey Mason

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On this Short Stories episode, Seth sits down with Corey Mason who is the CEO of the Dallas Safari Club and DSC Foundation. Learn about the Dallas Safari Club and what their mission is.

Ep. 017
Tate Streater

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On this episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Hornady sponsored shooter, Tate Streater. Tate is a co-owner of Impact Precision Shooting; their products are used for hunting and competitive shooting and have a great track record of wins and podium finishes. Like all stories, we start with Tate’s upbringing and how he developed a passion for long range shooting. In addition, Tate provides details about Impact Precision, his competition set up, and hunting. Tate is a humble and driven competitor; we hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Ep. 016
Long Range Shooting Competition Road Trip

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Join us on the road as we travel to eastern Nebraska for a long-range shooting competition. This is a challenging field style match, with targets ranging from 300-1400 yards. We are joined by Hornady Sales Technician, Matt Ritchie where we had the chance to discuss how he began his career at Hornady, his upbringing, and his benchrest days. We also discuss our gear, the thrill of this exciting match and how nice it was to catch up with some old and new friends.

Ep. 015
Jessie Harrison

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On this episode, Seth and Neil catch up with Hornady Sponsored Shooter, Jessie Harrison. Jessie is easily recognized as one of the most accomplished competition shooters in the world. Among world and national championship titles, she was the first female shooter to obtain Grand Master status in USPSA. We discuss various shooting disciplines and their differences, Jessie’s bullets of choice, competition training, a bit of hunting, and what her year looks like. This episode was fun and educational and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Ep. 014
22 Creedmoor with Horizon Firearms

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On this episode Seth is joined by Derrick and Tarek of Kaspar Outdoors and Horizon Firearms. We start out getting to know what Kaspar Outdoors is. Some of the topics covered include the company history, Horizon Firearms, Iota Stocks, and Stiller Actions. We dive into their use and appreciation of the 22 Creedmoor wildcat cartridge and how they are able to provide a truly custom rifle system. We enjoyed getting to know a family-owned company with over a century of manufacturing history.

Short Stories #1
Charged by a Grizzly with Colton Heward

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On this Short Stories episode, Seth catches up with Colton Heward who details a scary encounter he had while hunting Sitka black-tailed deer in Alaska.

Ep. 013
African Safari - A Beginner's Guide

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On this Episode, Seth sits down with Hornady Marketing Director, Neil Davies and Assistant Director of Engineering, Joe Thielen. This conversation offers a tremendous amount of input and advice when hunting in Africa. A variety of different topics are covered to include selecting a guide service, cartridge/bullet selection, tipping, taxidermy, and getting your trophies home. If you’ve ever thought about making a trip to Africa, this is the podcast for you.

Ep. 012
6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge)

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On this episode, Seth and Preston sit down with Project Engineer Miles Neville, and Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan. The topic at hand is one that we are proud and very fond of - the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge or 6 ARC, for short. The cartridge can stand on its own in a bolt or a gas gun and serves a wide variety of applications. We discuss how the cartridge came to be, initial offerings, as well as match and hunting applications. We hope you find this episode informative and entertaining.

Ep. 011
Ryan Cleckner

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On this episode, Seth and Preston had the pleasure of speaking with Ryan Cleckner. Ryan was raised in Arizona and grew up in a hunting family. After high school, Ryan became a U.S. Army Ranger and eventually a sniper in the 1st Ranger Battalion. After his time in uniform, he became a lawyer and worked for the Remington Outdoor Company and the NSSF. He has authored 2 books; The Long Range Shooting Handbook which has been Amazon’s #1 bestseller in its category for five years as well as There’s Only One You! A Gun Safety Book for Children. Ryan is the co-founder of Gun University (gununiversity.com) and the owner of RocketFFL.

Ep. 010
Nearly a Century of Service - Mike Jensen and Lowell Hawthorne

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On this episode, Seth sits down with two gentleman that have a combined work experience at Hornady of over 80 years. Mike Jensen and Lowell Hawthorne tell us the stories of how they got started with the company. They also talk about some of the projects they worked on over the years including the XTP line of bullets, Leverevolution and Superformance ammunition, the Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading, and almost every project that Hornady has released in the past few decades. They share some of their favorite hunting stories and these two have been all over the globe. We hope you enjoy this show as much as we did. Mike and Lowell are great guys with tremendous knowledge, and we couldn’t be happier that they are a part of our team.

Ep. 009
Boomshakalaka with Josh Cluff of H - S Precision

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On this episode, Seth and Preston are joined by long-time friend Josh Cluff. Not only is Josh the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at H-S Precision, but he is also a passionate competitive shooter, accomplished hunter, and a wild card character. Josh talks about growing up as an outdoorsman and his start with H-S Precision. He also dives into the H-S Precision history and all the offerings they have and the level of detail and quality they provide. We also talk about competitive long-range shooting while making life-long friendships and gaining knowledge for product development and testing while representing our companies. Enjoy the show!

Ep. 008
300 PRC - A True Heavy Hitter

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Joe, Jayden, and Neil and the topic of this deep dive is the 300 PRC. These folks had an early hand in the development and use of this heavy hitting cartridge. They discuss how and why it was designed, along with its military application, its hunting application, and the fun factor of this cartridge which is meant to efficiently launch heavy bullets. We know there’s a lot of 30 caliber cartridges on the market, but we think the 300 PRC is the ultimate tool for long range performance.

Ep. 007
CX Bullets - The Most Advanced Monolithic Hunting Bullet

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On this episode, Seth sits down with Assistant Director of Engineering Joe Thielen, Senior Ballistician Jayden Quinlan, and Marketing Director Neil Davies. The topic of this show is the CX line of bullets which is new for 2022. They go in depth on how and why it was designed and why it is the most advanced monolithic hunting bullet on the market.

Ep. 006
2021 Hunting Adventures Part 3 - Kansas Whitetail

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On this episode, Seth is joined by Preston and Ryan. They discuss and reflect on their Kansas muzzleloader hunting adventure. The hunt started in September, when Sam Forbes from North American Whitetail joined the group in North-central Kansas chasing whitetails with Midwest Whitetail Adventures. Unfortunately, they were unable to successfully harvest a deer due to the hot temperatures of September. Seth and Preston headed back post-rut in December and were able to notch a tag. Get all the details on this episode!

Ep. 005
2021 Hunting Adventures Part 2 - Wyoming Antelope

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On this episode, Seth and Preston travel to Wyoming for an antelope hunt. This podcast is divided into two segments. In the first half, you'll hear us talk about the upcoming trip and all of the preparation that took place for the hunt. In the second half, you'll get an in-depth recap of a very successful harvest.

Ep. 004
2021 Hunting Adventures: Part 1 - The Plan

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This episode was recorded in August of 2021. Seth and Preston from the Marketing Department are joined by Ryan, who is a Project Engineer at Hornady. The discussion revolves around the upcoming hunting season including what types of tags were drawn, strategies, tactics, and equipment. This episode gives you a chance to get to know Seth a bit more as well as Preston and Ryan who will be on the podcast more in the future.

Ep. 003
Chad Mendes

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On this episode, Seth and Preston from the marketing department talk with Chad Mendes. We discuss how Chad got into the hunting and outdoor lifestyle and how he was able to maintain the lifestyle while being a top-level collegiate athlete and UFC fighter. Chad explains how he utilizes and really enjoys the meat from his hunting and fishing excursions and goes over some of his current business ventures as well as his upcoming fight. We really enjoyed getting to know Chad and we hope you do too.

Ep. 002
Jason Hornady

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On this episode, we sat down with Jason Hornady, Vice President of Hornady Mfg. We didn’t talk a whole lot about manufacturing or the company, but rather what kind of baseball player he was and what kind of car he drove growing up. We discussed his work experience prior to coming back to the family business, and of course we discussed his favorite cartridges and hunts - we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!

Ep. 001
Steve Hornady

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On this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with the president of our company Steve Hornady. We centered our discussion around Steve himself and less about the company as a whole. Steve was born in 1949, the same year that the company was founded. We talked to him about his childhood, his father and founder of the company, Joyce, as well as his cowboy days and a few of his favorite and most memorable hunts. This conversation gave us an inside look at the life and legacy of Steve Hornady.