Hornady Unveils New 22 ARC Cartridge: All You Need to Know

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GunsAmerica recently sat down with Tom Hines from OdinWorks to discuss the newly announced Hornady cartridge, the 22 ARC. The cartridge, while not entirely new, is a revelation for Hornady.


Although some enthusiasts have been shooting similar cartridges for some time, this is the debut for Hornady and includes SAAMI standards.

The 22 ARC comes as an answer to the demand for factory ammo, bullets, and brass.

Previously, wildcat cartridge enthusiasts had resorted to the 6.5 Grendel, notable for its performance in small frame ARs.


Hornady has shifted focus with the 22 ARC. Unlike the previous 6mm ARC that catered to the needs of the Special Forces, the new cartridge is designed for sporting purposes.

The cartridge will notably have a case length of 1.52 inches, allowing for more powder and enhanced performance.

To convert an AR to shoot the 22 ARC round, all one requires is a new barrel, bolt head, and a magazine. These are available through vendors like OdinWorks.


Hornady is slated to launch three types of ammo for the 22 ARC: a 62g varmint ELD bullet, a black AR round (featuring a 75 ELD match bullet), and a long-range bullet (the 88 grain ELD match). In terms of performance:

  1. The 62 grain ELD varmint bullet is expected to deliver a velocity of 3,300 feet per second (fps) out of a 24-inch barrel. Notably, the bullet boasts an unofficial G1 ballistic coefficient (BC) of .382 and a G7 of .191.
  2. The 75 grain black AR round is projected to have a velocity of 3,075 fps.
  3. The heavy 88 ELD match ammo is expected to register a velocity of 2,820 fps, suitable for long-range target shooting.

When comparing the 22 ARC to its predecessor, the 6mm ARC, the former promises superior external ballistics due to its enhanced velocity and BC.

Though it might not be ideal for hunting deer given its lighter bullet, it stands out for long-range target shooting.


The 22 ARC is shaping up to be a promising offering from Hornady, playing to the needs of sport shooters and varmint hunters.

With a predicted long barrel life due to its modest powder consumption, the cartridge is expected to attract considerable interest.

Hornady has slated this as a 2024 product, with factory-loaded ammo anticipated by the end of the year. Click HERE to learn more!

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  • grew November 1, 2023, 2:00 pm

    All I need to know is that hornady forced their employees to take an experimental drug. I will never support this company again.

  • Joe from Cocomo October 28, 2023, 10:14 am

    Yawn. I would be happier if Hornady would actually produce the traditional caliber ammo they already claim to be in their catalog instead of introducing one new gimmick cartridge after another.

  • AH October 27, 2023, 6:26 pm

    Those ballistics out of a 24 inch barrel look like .223 Rem to me🤷‍♂️

  • alan October 27, 2023, 12:04 pm

    Can someone tell me why we need another 22 cal. cartridge that cost $1.50 a round? if you can find it.
    What happened to the 224 valkrie?

  • Robert Zimmerman October 27, 2023, 11:34 am

    Oh look, a fast twist 22PPC….Yawn

  • Steve Williams October 27, 2023, 10:34 am

    Sorry, not falling for this one after scrounging for 6mm ARC for the last two years. Not to mention NEVER being able to buy ANY 6mm ARC brass, I just gave up. You can keep it. Steve

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