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In 1949, Hornady manufactured its first .30 caliber bullet. Since then, Hornady has been growing and expanding its plant in Grand Island, Nebraska. With popular ammo for both hunting and self defense, Hornady continues to introduce new products to its already stellar line-up. Learn More

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  1. Hornady Frontier 5.56x45 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 62 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $21.99 Price


    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • Made by Hornady
    • 20 Rounds
    • $1.10 Cost Per Round
    • 62 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer
    • 3060 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1289 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU FR260
    • UPC 090255711516
  2. Hornady Frontier 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 68 Grain BTHP Match Ammunition

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    $23.50 Price


    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • Made by Hornady
    • 20 Rounds
    • $1.18 Cost Per Round
    • 68 Grain
    • HPBT Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer
    • 2960 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1323 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU FR160
    • UPC 090255711387
  3. Hornady Frontier 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 55 Grain HP Match Ammunition

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    $25.00 Price
    • $24.50 each if you buy 10 -  save 2%


    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • Made by Hornady
    • 20 Rounds
    • $1.23 to $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • 55 Grain
    • HP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer
    • 3240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1282 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU FR140
    • UPC 090255711349
  4. Hornady Varmint Express 6mm Creedmoor Ammo - 20 Rounds of 87 Grain V-MAX Ammunition

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    $35.00 Price


    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • Made by Hornady
    • 20 Rounds
    • $1.75 Cost Per Round
    • 87 Grain
    • V-MAX Bullet
    • American-made Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer
    • 3210 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1990 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81393
    • UPC 090255813937
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Joyce Hornady sold his first bullet in 1949, a .30 caliber Spire Point weighing 150 grain. He was using a surplus bullet assembly press in a rented garage, where his company was born from his desire to build a better product that he could use himself – because first and foremost, Joyce was a shooter. His company would grow to become a force in the ammunition and reloading markets. Hornady Manufacturing grew rapidly during its first few years, increasing sales by 300 percent by the second year.

The Origins of Hornady Manufacturing

It all began with Hornady Sporting Goods Company, a business centered around baseball bats, bicycles, team uniforms and the like. When Joyce went to the bank for his first business loan to expand into ammunition, the bankers were confused. Bullets? For reloaders? That wasn’t a business model with any future, he was told. But he went ahead anyway, partnering with Vernon Speer, a name familiar to many ammunition and shooting aficionados. Their first foray into the world of ammunition was a machine that converted spent .22 rimfire cartridges into bullet jacket and then full rounds.

Hornady Bullets and Hornady Reloading

During World War II, Hornady’s founder, like many Americans, had to make due because of wartime shortages. These shortages led to the discovery that became the engine of Hornady’s business. He was able to take a .22 rimfire cartridge case and transform it into a bullet, which could then be loaded into centerfire ammunition for varmint shooting.

Hornady saw opportunity because while the market was flooded with surplus ammunition, virtually none of it was suitable for hunting. With this in mind, he began manufacturing a .30 caliber, 150-grain Spire Point on a Waterbury Farrell out of a former auto body shop. During the company’s first year, they sold a scant $10,000 worth of ammunition. However, while it would be several years before they were able to break even, sales tripled the next year and the company’s staff grew to four.

Above all else, the goal was on quality, and the founding Hornady wanted a shooter to be able to put “ten bullets through one hole” with his ammunition. This goal belies Hornady’s dual shooting lineage. First, he was a shooter of both game and targets. Later, he acted as a marksmanship instructor during the Second World War due to being too old for active duty service. It was the latter experience that tipped him off to the need for accurate, reliable ammunition for the United States military. The ammunition of World War II was better suited for close quarters than long-distance rifle work.

Business was looking up for Hornady Manufacturing – until the Korean War, which created unanticipated shortages of important raw materials. But rather than give up and let the company fold, Hornady won contracts for producing alternative products not associated with ammunition, including aluminum hearts for bracelets and condenser cans for the U.S. government. Once the war ended, the materials that Hornady had used for the cans and the technology he developed to manufacture them were applied to form ultra-thin copper jackets for varmint bullets.

Hornady Ammo Ballistics Testing

In 1958, Speer and Hornady split, with the former focusing like a laser on .30 caliber rounds. Local venture capitalist Fred Abrahamson gave Hornady a much needed infusion of capital for growth. Hornady moved to an 800-square-foot plant (now a 145,000-square-foot facility) in Grand Island, Nebraska, built specifically for the purpose of manufacturing ammunition and where the original press employed is still in use today. Joyce added a 200-yard underground range so he could perform onsite quality testing of his products without interference from the weather.

Hornady Manufacturing continued their pace of rapid growth and expansion into the 60s and 70s – with their ballistics lab supporting U.S. Army ballisticians in their experimentation of aerodynamically efficient bullet designs, eventually leading to the adaptation of the secant ogive. This later became the Hornady bullet signature profile and is now used almost exclusively for all bullets made by Hornady.

Hornady acquired a number of erstwhile competitors along the way. Acquisitions of Hornady Manufacturing include Pacific Tool Company, West Coast Shot Company, and Frontier Ammunition. These were later incorporated into a single entity with Hornady Manufacturing, with new names like Hornady Custom Ammunition and Hornady Tool Company. During this reorganization, the company came into a dispute with one of its partners and began manufacturing all cartridge cases in house.

Joyce Hornady’s Death and the Future of Hornady Ammunition

Joyce Hornady's death dealt a severe blow to the company. In January of 1981, along with lead engineer Edward Heers and customer service manager Jim Garber, Hornady died in an airplane crash on the way to the SHOT Show. The Hornady family stepped forward to lead the company, and they soon began producing their cartridge cases in house, now led by Steve Hornady, who is also a member of the NRA’s board. The younger Hornady was scheduled to be on the plane, but had to miss the trade show to care for his wife while she recovered from surgery. Today, they enjoy a reputation for manufacturing some of the best brass available.

While the company is very much a family affair (Steve’s son Jason is the Vice President), members of the family are required to work outside of the company for ten years before they are even allowed to interview for a position. Jason took a 50-percent pay cut to come to work for his father after a lucrative career in outdoor sales. While family is a priority, quality is even more so.

Hornady Products

Hornady Manufacturing continues to expand and innovate, always working to advance bullet technology. They make more than excellent bullets, they also manufacture complete ammunition for pistols, rifles and shotguns – earning true respect for the amount of research and development that goes into each of their products. Recent additions to their product line include the Hornady TAP and Critical Defense premium ammunition for law enforcement agencies and military use. Hunters are well served by the Hornady LEVERevolution and Dangerous Game ammunition series, which represent some of the most advanced bullet technologies available. They have also ventured into the world of competitive shooting, selling their lines of Custom Match and Steel Match ammo. From the mighty mouse .17HMR to the burly .500 S&W Magnum, Hornady sells ammunition for practically every shooter, including those waiting eagerly for the zombie apocalypse. Yes, that’s right – Hornady makes ammunition specifically for gunning down legions of the undead. Just make sure you have enough food stockpiled while you’re at it.

Hornady has been, and remains committed to, manufacturing high-quality products for shooters of all persuasions, reloaders and armed professionals. Producing with excellence and innovation, Hornady Manufacturing will no doubt continue to be at the cutting edge of ammunition manufacturers. And hey, if and when the dead begin rising from their graves, there will be only one ammunition specifically designed to send them back to their resting place.


Where is Hornady ammo made?

Hornady ammo is manufactured in Grand Island, Nebraska, the same town in which the company was first established in 1949. Although it started in a former auto shop, Hornady has grown into the largest independently-owned ammunition company in the world.

Who makes Hornady ammo?

Hornady ammo is made by the Hornady Manufacturing Company. The company is under the leadership of Steve Hornady and receives active support and involvement from others in the Hornady family. Jason Hornady, Steve’s son is currently the company’s vice president.

What is Hornady Critical Defense ammo?

Critical Defense ammunition is the personal defense line created by Hornady. These rounds feature a FTX bullet, a hollow point that eliminates clogging and increases expansion. These cartridges also include low-flash propellants to ensure night vision is not disrupted. Critical Defense ammo is great for concealed carry or home protection. It’s found in rifle cartridges (.223, .30 Carbine, and .308 Win) and pistol cartridges (.32 ACP, .380, 9mm, .38 Special, .357 Mag, .40 S&W, .44 Special, .45 ACP, and .45 Colt), as well as 12 gauge and the rimfire .22 WMR.

What is Zombie Max ammo?

No longer in production, Hornady Zombie Max was a specialized ammo developed for shooting zombies. Known as Z-Max, the ammo featured a polymer tip that improved ballistics and quickened expansion and an AMP jacket that had minimal variation in wall thickness, ensuring consistent performance. Zombie Max was available in pistol cartridges (.380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP), as well as rifle cartridges (.223 Remington, 7.62x39, .30-30, and .308 Win) and 12 gauge.

What powder is in Hornady Precision Hunter ammo?

Hornady Precision Hunter is a factory loaded ammunition designed to maximize ballistic performance. These hunting rounds use a clean burning propellant that is uniformly loaded to ensure consistency, regardless of weather and temperature.

Is Hornady ammo good for hunting?

Hornady Precision Hunter is a superior hunting cartridge, regardless of weather scenario. These rounds feature a Heat Shield tip, which retains its shape throughout its entire trajectory, bringing unprecedented aerodynamic efficiency. These rounds come in a variety of rifle calibers, including .243, .308, and .30-06, among others.

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  • Click To Purchase This 6.5 Creedmoor Hornady Ammunition
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  • 5bites said:

    "I used this ammo for the first time this year in my 6.5 Creedmoor I shot a buck at 200yrds. He was dead before hid head hit the ground never seen anything like it. I hunted with a 30/06 before this and deer never went down that fast. This ammo is great. "

  • Nightstalker said:

    "I am a depredation hunter for deer and hogs I have shot hundreds of deer and many hogs. If using a silencer as I do this ammo has cycle without jam or misfire up to 200 rounds in a 5 hour period. Best Ammo for a 6.5 Creedmoor I have ever used."

  • James said:

    "I hunted in Africa with this ammo and it is awesome. Every animal dropped in it's tracks. As close to a custom load as you can get over the counter. I'm going back and use same gun and ammo."

  • Thomas said:

    "I've shot deer with these and so far only one deer has moved around in the same spot he fell but only for a few minutes, never got up again. "

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  • Click To Purchase This 30-30 Hornady Ammunition
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  • Joe said:

    "Had a 1 shot kill on a WI buck , hit right behind the front leg shoulder joint it dabble lunged him. It took him right off his feet! Using 35 grains of lever lution powder, 160 grain FTX bullets. ranged with a range finder at 116 yards. My 30-30 Marlin was sighted in at 100 yards. With an old redfield 2-7 power wide field scope. "

  • BRACK73RT said:

    "I was very impressed with the price of the ammunition and the availability. I was even more impressed with the speed of shipping."

  • Click To Purchase This 300 Blackout Hornady Ammunition
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  • Law said:

    "Chilling "

  • RazorUSMC said:

    "Bought this ammo for a Run N Gun competition, it worked falsely as it should. I reload my own but with the short notice of this shoot I did not have the time to reload my own. I have some to trust Hornady products as I use there Lock N Load AP Ammo plant press. This ammo was great and was super quiet with my 10.5" SBR I will be getting some more soon so I have the brass to save this time."

  • Click To Purchase This 44-40 Win Hornady Ammunition
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  • JunkYardDog said:

    "As of this date 10/5/20 I find it absolutely impossible to find anyone who has any 44-40 ammo for sale. Either they are out of stock or they don't list it at all. Needless to say this concerns me as the 44-40 Colt I own is my favorite gun. "

  • Scott said:

    "Have run 220 rounds through my Original Henry, flawless performance. Like that they are made in USA."

  • Click To Purchase This 32 ACP Hornady Ammunition
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  • Boatguy007""" said:

    "~ There are many choices still in .32 ammo, but I consider the Hornady .32 ACP to be in the top three as far as Quality and value. You would have to move to Gold Dot or perhaps Federal Personal Defense to do any better. Cheers & Safe shooting out there! Jim"

  • Click To Purchase This 45-70 Govt Hornady Ammunition
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  • CalvinMD said:

    "I use my 300grain HP reloads to 150yds But now with this ammo, which my Marlin 1895 loves to drill sub 3/4” groups with and still holds 3.5” at 300yds and the hold over is barely 8” with my rifles zero set @ 3” high @ 100yds. This load has already allowed me to just poleaxe large hogs out at 300 and dominate my home clubs lever gun silouhette shoots, speaks of phenomenal performance out of the old warhorse. Never go hunting without this ammo and rifle coming along..!! Try some, you’ll love it!!!"

  • Click To Purchase This 17 HMR Hornady Ammunition
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  • Jackal said:

    "Pretty comparable price to other brands but with the Hornady vmax I have never had a misfire plus it feeds very well in my 93r17 savage bolt action. very consistent groups at 200 yards ( without wind ) Love this stuff and wont shoot anything else ! getting hard to find now, I guess others are finding the same results ! ;-)"

  • Click To Purchase This 45 Long Colt Hornady Ammunition
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  • OldNavy said:

    "This ammunition was dead-on accurate at 45 yards. However, the THX tip added a small amount of additional length such that every round would jam in attempting to cycle into the chamber of my Henry .45LongColt lever-action rifle. Shorter, hollow point ammunition had no problems. "