250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Ammo

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  • Manufacturer Hornady Ammunition
  • Condition New
  • Bullet Weight 90 Grain
  • Bullet Type Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
  • Use Type Self Defense
  • Casing Type Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity 250
  • Ammo Caliber 38 Special
  • Manufacturer SKU 90300
  • Primer Type Boxer
  • Muzzle Velocity 1200
  • Muzzle Energy 288
  • UPC Barcode 10090255903000
  • Cost Per Round $0.80/ppr

Hornady Ammunition 90 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This is 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Hollow Point Ammo. The Critical Defense Lite 38 Special load is an effective, reduced recoil option for ANY shooter looking to minimize the felt recoil of their lightweight, compact personal protection revolver. Designed with the same proven components as the Critical Defense line of ammunition, this offering features a 90 grain FTX bullet with a unique PINK Flex Tip! This ammo is nickel coated brass cased, boxer primed, non-magnetic and non-corrosive. This ammo comes packed in 25rd. boxes.

Ballistic Gel Testing

 

We tested this Hornady Ammunition 38 Special ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W 640 with a 2.125-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 13.9-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.452-inches, retaining 99% of the projectile's original weight.

On this page, you'll see video of our tests including photographs that detail the ammunition before/after firing it through a four-layer barrier into gelatin. Also, you'll see how this Hornady Ammunition 38 Special ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 38 Special.

To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.

250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Ammo fired into ballistic gelatin

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Ammo

How do the results for this Hornady Ammunition 38 Special compare to other 38 SPECIAL?

250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Ammo Gel Test Results
  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 12.4 13 13.1 15 16
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.35 0.46 0.47 0.49 0.49
Expanded Weight (gr.) 89 89.1 89.3 89.5 90
Bullet Velocity (fps) 888 897 901 928 935
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