25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. HP Ammo


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Hornady Ammunition 115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This is 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. Hollow Point Ammo. The new Hornady Critical Defense ammunition is the pinnacle in self defense ammunition. Using a variation of the tip material used in the revolutionary LEVERevolution line of ammunition, Hornady engineers were able to achieve 100% reliable expansion every single time. Conventional hollow point pistol bullets have always had issues with the cavity becoming clogged with fibers from clothing which rendered them very ineffective in terms of expansion in soft tissue after encountering the clothing barrier. Critical Defense eliminates this issue — guaranteed. Critical Defense ammo is so effective because of the soft polymer insert in the tip of the bullet. It is rigid enough to prevent clogging when passing through clothing, yet supple enough to deliver violent terminal performance when the bullet encounters soft tissue - EVERY single time. Additionally, all Critical Defense ammunition is loaded with nickel cases to eliminate corrosion and aid in low-light situations, plus its premium low flash propellants deliver maximum velocity, even in very short-barreled handguns. You can trust you and your family’s safety to the only handgun ammunition specifically engineered to deliver 100% consistent performance every single time - Hornady Critical Defense. It comes packed in 25rd. boxes.

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Gel test Results


As you hunt for the best self-defense 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo, we thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some testing we recently conducted with calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin.

We shot five of these Hornady Ammunition rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a S&W M&P Shield. The results are detailed in the video you see above as well as the photographs. Through the charts, you should get a great idea how this Hornady Ammunition ammo stacked up relative to other 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo products available to American shooters.

To get a better sense of our tests, be sure to check out all the protocols we followed when conducting our tests to determine the best self-defense ammo.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. HP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. HP Ammo

How do the results for this Hornady Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) compare to other 9mm Ammo?

25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. HP Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 13 13.5 13.7 13.8 14.1
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.48 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.54
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 115 115.5 115.7 115.7 115.8
Bullet Velocity (fps) 1059 1062 1063 1064 1072


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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by T Hillbilly

    Great stuff need a 147 please

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Doug

    I have carried this ammo since the beginning. I like its consistency and shootability and it's a name with extensive R&D behind it, in case I ever need back-up in court.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by ABM

    Very good ammo for home defense. I've shot over 300+ rounds at the range for testing and haven't had any misfires of any kind. Recommended!

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Larry

    Fast delivery. Good Ammo at good price. Have purchased from Ammo To Go in the past and will again in the future. Would recommend to anyone.

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    posted on by Mark Sutton

    Shot 25, no problems. Wish they made a 124 weight version.

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    posted on by Steve Heaphy

    This ammo is ok and part of a new generation of hollows that are made with a tip that is not suppose plug up when shot into heavy clothing. There are many other options in 9mm that perform better than these rounds. Not a bad choice for S.D in my ballistic testing but hornady 124gr red box with other L.E. hollows will give you better expansion and penetration than the FTX round.

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    posted on by james randall

    Shot 1/2 of a box. I had 2 misfires. Not happy with the amount of duds. I have heard reports of primer issues. Accuracy was not impressive either. I would go with something else. Can't trust your life to something that may not fire.

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