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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 45 Auto Ammo - 20 Rounds of 185 Grain JHP Ammunition

    44 In stock now

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    $22.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.15 Cost Per Round
    • 900 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 333 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 90900
    • UPC 090255909005
  2. Hornady 30-30 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 160 Grain FTX Ammunition

    80 In stock now
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    $23.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.15 Cost Per Round
    • 2400 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2046 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 82730
    • UPC 090255827309
  3. Hornady 44 S&W Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 180 Grain JHP Ammunition

    2 In stock now

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.15 Cost Per Round
    • 1000 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 400 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 9070
    • UPC 090255390704
  4. Hornady 12 Gauge Ammo - 100 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    4 In stock now

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    $115.00 Price

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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.15 Cost Per Round
    • 1600 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Hornady SKU 86240
    • UPC 10090255862406
  5. Hornady 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of #4 Buck Ammunition

    32 In stock now

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    $11.75 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • Buck Shot
    • #4 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • $1.18 Cost Per Round
    • 1350 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Hornady SKU 86243
    • UPC 090255862430
  6. Hornady 44 Magnum Ammo - 20 Rounds of 240 Grain JHP Ammunition

    6 In stock now

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    $23.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.20 Cost Per Round
    • 1350 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 971 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 9085
    • UPC 090255390858
  7. Hornady Duty Defense 45 Auto +P Ammo - 20 Rounds of 220 Grain FTX JHP Ammunition

    25 In stock now
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    $23.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.20 Cost Per Round
    • 975 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 464 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 90926
    • UPC 090255909265
  8. Hornady 6.8 SPC Ammo - 20 Rounds of 100 Grain GMX Ammunition

    1 In stock now

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    $23.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.20 Cost Per Round
    • 2550 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1444 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU @8348
    • UPC 090255383485
  9. Hornady 7mm Rem Magnum Ammo - 20 Rounds of 139 Grain SP Ammunition

    38 In stock now

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    $24.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Discount Hunting
    • $1.20 Cost Per Round
    • 3150 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 3062 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80591
  10. Hornady 5.56x45 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 55 Grain GMX Ammunition

    16 In stock now

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    $24.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.20 Cost Per Round
    • 3130 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1196 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81254
    • UPC 090255812541
  11. Hornady Subsonic 300 Blackout Ammo - 20 Rounds of 190 Grain Polymer Tipped Ammunition

    86 In stock now

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    $24.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 190 Grain
    • Polymer Tipped Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • $1.20 Cost Per Round
    • 1050 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 465 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80877
    • UPC 090255808773
  12. Hornady 300 Blackout Ammo - 20 Rounds of 135 Grain FTX Ammunition

    88 In stock now

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    $24.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • 2085 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1303 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80881
    • UPC 090255808810
  13. Hornady Critical Defense 12 ga Ammo - 10 Rounds of 2-3/4" 00 Buck Ammunition

    73 In stock now
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    $12.50 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • Buck Shot
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • 1600 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Hornady SKU 86240
    • UPC 090255862409
  14. Hornady Custom Lite 243 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 87 Grain SST Ammunition

    16 In stock now

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    $25.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • 2800 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1514 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80466
    • UPC 090255804669
  15. Hornady Critical Duty 10mm Ammo - 20 Rounds of 175 Grain FTX Ammunition

    42 In stock now

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    $25.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Discount Range
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • 1160 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 523 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 91256
    • UPC 090255912562
  16. 308 - 168 Grain A-Max - Hornady BLACK - 20 Rounds

    59 In stock now

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    $25.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.25 Cost Per Round
    • 2700 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2719 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80971
    • UPC 090255809718
  17. Hornady 6.5 Grendel Ammo - 20 Rounds of 123 Grain SST Ammunition

    68 In stock now

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    $25.49 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.27 Cost Per Round
    • 2580 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1818 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 8152
    • UPC 090255381528
  18. Hornady 32 Win Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 165 Grain FTX Ammunition

    20 In stock now

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    $25.75 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.29 Cost Per Round
    • 2410 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2128 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 82732
    • UPC 090255827323
  19. Hornady 270 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SP Ammunition

    5 In stock now

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    $25.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.30 Cost Per Round
    • 2840 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Hornady SKU 8058
    • UPC 090255380583
  20. Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo - 20 Rounds of 120 Grain ELD Match Ammunition

    28 In stock now

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    $26.15 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.31 Cost Per Round
    • 2910 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2256 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81491
    • UPC 090255814910
  21. Hornady 50 Action Express Ammo - 200 Rounds of 300 Grain JHP Ammunition

    11 In stock now

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    $264.99 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.32 to $1.33 Cost Per Round
    • 1475 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1449 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 9245
    • UPC 10090255392453
  22. Hornady 7mm-08 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 120 Grain SST Ammunition

    10 In stock now

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    $26.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.33 Cost Per Round
    • 2675 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1907 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80572
    • UPC 090255805727
  23. Hornady 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SST Ammunition

    20 In stock now
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    $26.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.35 Cost Per Round
    • 2820 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2648 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 8093
    • UPC 090255380934
  24. Hornady 300 Win Mag Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SP Ammunition

    89 In stock now

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    $27.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Discount Hunting
    • $1.35 Cost Per Round
    • 3275 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 3572 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 8204
    • UPC 090255382044
  25. Hornady 450 Bushmaster Ammo - 20 Rounds of 250 Grain FTX Ammunition

    71 In stock now

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    $27.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.35 Cost Per Round
    • 2200 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2686 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 82244
    • UPC 090255822441
  26. Hornady Critical Defense 308 Win Ammo - 200 Rounds of 155 Grain FTX Ammunition

    3 In stock now

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    $274.99 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.37 to $1.38 Cost Per Round
    • 2785 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2669 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80920
    • UPC 10090255809203
  27. Hornady 7mm Rem Magnum Ammo - 20 Rounds of 139 Grain SST Ammunition

    22 In stock now

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    $27.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.40 Cost Per Round
    • 2800 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2420 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80596
    • UPC 090255805963
  28. Hornady 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 178 Grain HPBT Ammunition

    4 In stock now

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    $28.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.40 Cost Per Round
    • 2600 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2672 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 8105
    • UPC 090255381054
  29. Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo - 20 Rounds of 147 Grain ELD Match Ammunition

    73 In stock now

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    $28.00 Price
    • $27.75 each if you buy 5 -  save 1%

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • 147 Grain
    • ELD Match Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • $1.39 to $1.40 Cost Per Round
    • 2695 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2370 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81501
    • UPC 090255815016
  30. Hornady 30-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 180 Grain SST Ammunition

    15 In stock now

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    $28.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.45 Cost Per Round
    • 2820 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 3178 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81183
    • UPC 090255811834
  31. Hornady 50 Action Express Ammo - 20 Rounds of 300 Grain JHP Ammunition

    41 In stock now
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    $28.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.45 Cost Per Round
    • 1475 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Hornady SKU 9245
    • UPC 090255392456
  32. Hornady 243 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 95 Grain SST Ammunition

    16 In stock now

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    $29.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.45 Cost Per Round
    • 3185 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2139 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 80463
    • UPC 090255804638
  33. Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo - 20 Rounds of 140 Grain ELD Ammunition

    79 In stock now

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    $29.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.45 Cost Per Round
    • 2710 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2283 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81500
    • UPC 090255815009
  34. Hornady 6mm Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 95 Grain SST Ammunition

    6 In stock now

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    $29.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.48 Cost Per Round
    • 3235 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2207 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81663
    • UPC 090255816631
  35. Hornady Superformance 6.5x55mm Ammo - 20 Rounds of 140 Grain SST Ammunition

    6 In stock now

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    $29.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • 140 Grain
    • Polymer Tipped Bullet
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • $1.48 Cost Per Round
    • 2735 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2325 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 85507
    • UPC 090255855074
  36. Hornady 30-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain SST Ammunition

    56 In stock now

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    $29.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • 3080 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 3159 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81093
    • UPC 090255810936
  37. Hornady 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 155 Grain OTM Ammunition

    32 In stock now

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    $29.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • 2775 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2650 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 8087N
    • UPC 090255697575
  38. Hornady 25-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 90 Grain GMX Ammunition

    6 In stock now

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    $29.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • 3350 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2242 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 81446
    • UPC 090255814460
  39. Hornady 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 178 Grain HPBT Ammunition

    12 In stock now

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    $30.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • 2775 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 3043 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 8077
    • UPC 090255380774
  40. Hornady 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 168 Grain HPBT Ammunition

    76 In stock now

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    $30.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Range
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • 2700 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2719 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Hornady SKU 8097
    • UPC 090255380972
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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.

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