Hornady – Pig Ammo, Lock Boxes, Reloading Toys and More – SHOT Show 2015

We stopped by the Hornady booth at SHOT Show to get the run down on what is new for 2015.  From bullets, factory ammunition and reloading equipment, Hornady is always at the forefront of innovation.  Be sure to watch the video for a rundown of the new products. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Full Boar hog hunting ammunition.  These bad boys are even Pig Man approved!  The Full Boar line is loaded with Hornady’s GMX bullets to give penetration and weight retention.  These are monolithic copper alloy bullets that preform great on heavy skinned hogs. Available in calibers from .223 to 300 Win Mag.
  • American Gunner is a new more budget friendly handgun ammunition line. Even though they sell for a bit cheaper than other comparable rounds, these are made with high quality components. They use the tried and true XTP bullets for example.  The American Gunner is available in handgun caliber from .380 to 45 Auto.
  • Hornady has a number of reloading equipment pieces and tools new for this year.  Budget die sets, hand reaming tools and a redesigned balance beam powder scale. Stay tuned for more on these in our reloading series.
Hornady is adding to their safe line with smaller portable lock boxes.

Hornady is adding to their safe line with smaller portable lock boxes.

The Full Boar--that'll do, Pig.

The Full Boar–that’ll do, Pig.

American Gunner. 124 gr 9mm.

American Gunner. 124 gr 9mm.

There are lots of updates and additions to the reloading line. Check the site to see full details.

There are lots of updates and additions to the reloading line. Check the site to see full details.

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  • janet n January 29, 2015, 3:54 pm

    Thank you! This is very interesting and useful information.


  • Alvin York January 29, 2015, 12:24 pm

    Who in their right mind hunts wild boar with a .223, I use a .35 Whalen, which works good.

    • FRANK B. THOMAS January 29, 2015, 2:24 pm

      Thank you for the article. Question. Your thoughts on a hog kill in 1956. I had just got home from the Marines and I needed a rifle for distant shooting. Thu advice of an old shooter, I bought a Winchester #70 in the new .243. Unertal 10power scope. The only available rounds was WW. 100gr. So that was mag when I left to go pop a cap. This was South Louisiana. I found a spot in the boonies where weeds and grass were up to my hips. Seeing some crows I went in a ways and squat down. I took a shot at a crow
      as I closed the bolt a noise came to me and I looked to the side, and out came large boar hog less than five yards away. slapped
      the rifle to my shoulder pointed (a 10 power) don’t help that close. Hog dropped in and instant, his run carried him with in yard
      plus of me. Then the weeds parted out came a female hog looking at me at a dead run. I was closing the bolt and shot here
      from the hip. She showed leg movement, and using a 1911 I shot 3 times on her and twice at him. I wanted to move him further out so he could be recovered. I was 6foot 182lbs. By digging my heels in to the earth, and poping my self back and forth on slick grass
      and pine straw I made maybe six feet. A state trooper pulled up by my car, I waved and he left. I left. Two weeks later I went
      back to same spot. Someone had dropped off a dead cow near the parking spot. Looking at the dead cow I saw movement. I got
      out with my rifle. The movement was smaller hog that had been may be eating. The hog moved a feet toward me. I aimed at the bottom of his chin. The round went straight into his upper chest, the hog sat down and very quick dead.

      I have wrote a book to get to the question. I belive that a .243 100gr. will do the job, but every thing has to be perfect.
      I think or know to be safe I would that new hog round. I was lucky that worked out for me. Thank you and do comment.

      I went



    • Thom Emery January 30, 2015, 9:10 pm

      I have killed 30+ hogs with my 223 AR, using 75Gn Tap ammo.never had to track tham more than about 40 yards, size doesn’t matter it’s all about placement. Practice, Practice, Practice!

    • Ruppert jenkins January 30, 2015, 11:23 pm

      Who uses a .223 on hogs? Thousands of people. You need to go onto YouTube and see.
      Heck, I even know a farmer in TX that kills them with a .22LR.

  • Phil January 29, 2015, 10:41 am

    I don’t understand the American Gunner ammo being “affordable plinking” ammo. I would never pay 18 bucks for a box of 25 for plinking ammo. Plus it has the XTP self defense bullet in it. To say that it’s “plinking” ammo is just a weird comment by the Hornady guy. I would consider it a more affordable self defense round, for sure, but definitely not for plinking.

    • Mick January 30, 2015, 1:36 pm

      I agree; the phrasing is a bit odd. Nonetheless, if I can get a premium ammo equivalent for a more affordable price point, I’d buy it. I wish all of the ammo companies did something similar, such as the Speer Blazer .44 Special rounds. As it is, I have my guns stoked with shiny nickel-plated cases that don’t have any appreciable benefit to me. I burn my carry/home defense ammo every 6 months; with 5-6 guns in varying calibers that gets to be an expensive proposition.

  • Jeffrey L. Frischkorn January 29, 2015, 9:01 am

    I travel to Florida about twice a year to visit in-laws but it’s a very nice thing they also happen to live in wild hog country. Thus every time I travel there I make it a point to shoot a few wild hogs.. I’ve never needed any souped-up hog-promotional ammunition to take down a porker. Ever. They’ve been killed by 9mm (admittedly something I’ll never do again), a Model 1911 with simple, personal-defense ammunition, along with a couple of rifles chambered for .30-06 – each of which has done very well with Remington’s low-powered offerings. My favorite is a Lightfield shotgun rifled slug that exits my Ithaca 16-guage pump-action shotgun. If you’re new to wild hog hunting and are comfortable with your current deer-hunting ammunition you’ll do fine without falling for a perceived need to use something that’s not really necessary.

  • Michael Crook January 29, 2015, 7:26 am

    Please send a catalog to me at: 365ACountry Meadows Blvd., Plant City, FF 33565

  • Richard Rowe January 29, 2015, 6:53 am

    please send catalog to
    12402 E.Mainsgate st.
    Wichita, Kansas 67226

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