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Here's What You Need to Know About Hornady Black Ammo

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Hornady Black ammo is designed to function reliably and shoot accurately in a wide range of modern sporting rifles for a broad spectrum of applications including hunting, plinking, and self-defense.

As modern sporting rifles have become more and more popular among hunters and shooters in the United States, the big ammunition companies have recognized the need for a special line of ammo optimized for performance in those guns.

With this in mind, Hornady Manufacturing rolled out their line of Hornady Black ammunition in 2016.

Unfortunately, modern sporting rifles can be very finicky with the ammo they will reliably function with. A particular type of rifle ammunition may shoot beautifully in a rifle with a certain barrel length, but may not work at all in a different rifle.

Just like the name states, Hornady Black ammo is intended for use in so-called "black guns" like the AR-15/AR-10 family of firearms. Hornady's goal was to build a line of ammo that will reliably function in a wide variety of platforms regardless of whether they're direct impingement, inertia, bolt-action, pump, or gas piston operated. The same goes for suppressed and unsuppressed firearms across the whole range of barrel lengths.

Basically, Hornady was trying to build a line of ammo that offer superior performance in just about any gun, and like the Hornady American Whitetail line, was also easily identifiable by hunters and shooters as fitting their needs.

With all that in mind, Hornady Black ammo is currently available in the following calibers: 5.45x39mm, .223 Remington, 5.56x45mm NATO, .224 Valkyrie, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, .300 Blackout, 7.62x39mm, .308 Winchester, and .450 Bushmaster. This line is not currently manufactured as handgun ammunition, but it is available as 00 Buckshot shotgun ammunition.

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Hornady Black ammo utilizes a number of versatile loads with different bullet options depending on the cartridge. The 5.45x39mm, 6.8 SPC, and .300 Blackout loads all feature the V-Max bullet. The .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO loads are both available with a full metal jacket (FMJ) bullet. One .223 Remington load also features a 75 grain boat tail hollow point (BTHP) match bullet while there's also a 5.56 NATO 75 grain grain InterLock load.

The .224 Valkyrie and 6mm Creedmoor both use standard BTHP bullets and the 6.5 Grendel uses an ELD Match bullet. The .300 Blackout and .308 Winchester are also both available with A-Max bullets. The 7.62x39mm load uses a 123 grain SST bullet and the .450 Bushmaster load fires a 250 grain FTX bullet.

Note: there are currently no non-toxic options for Hornady Black ammo. If you need something lead free, consider the Nosler E-Tip or Barnes VOR-TX.

That being said, those different Hornady loads offer excellent performance for a variety of applications ranging from plinking and competition shooting (A-Max, BTHP match, ELD Match, and FMJ), to predator and varmint hunting (V-Max), to self-defense and big game hunting (FTX, Interlock, and SST) with America's favorite guns.

So, regardless of whether you're looking for some dependable ammo to use in your modern sporting rifle for general plinking, serious competition shooting, self-defense, or hunting, check out the Hornady Black line of ammo.

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