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.


  • Manufacturer SKU
    90250
  • Muzzle Energy
  • Muzzle Velocity
    1140
  • Primer Type

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

  Median
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

Hornady Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) Ballistic Data

Hornady Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
4
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0.129
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0.130
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 1140 1078 1028 987 951
Energy ft lbs 332 297 270 249 231
Bullet drop inch n/a 0 -1.9 -5.8 -12

Trajectory Line Graph Hornady Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19)

Velocity / Energy Comparisons

Ammo Muzzle Velocity Muzzle Energy
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#26
1047 fps
#39
280 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#13
1130.5 fps
#13
329 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#37
1014 fps
#38
283 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Fiocchi Ammunition
#17
1089 fps
#21
303 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Tula Ammo
#10
1150 fps
#11
338 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#22
1049 fps
#22
303 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#23
1048 fps
#41
280 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#16
1095 fps
#12
330 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Magtech
#34
1024 fps
#32
289 ft lbs
147 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#45
953 fps
#26
297 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#32
1028 fps
#30
291 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#44
953 fps
#25
297 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#20
1057 fps
#35
285 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#28
1039 fps
#29
296.5 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Fiocchi Ammunition
#25
1048 fps
#23
302 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Magtech
#11
1135 fps
#14
329 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#7
1157.5 fps
#9
342.5 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#24
1048 fps
#40
280 ft lbs
147 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#49
903 fps
#47
266 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Wolf Ammunition
#9
1150 fps
#10
338 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#43
953 fps
#27
297 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#4
1225 fps
#2
383 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#31
1028 fps
#46
270 ft lbs
115 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#15
1098 fps
#19
308 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#48
915 fps
#45
273 ft lbs
150 Grain Specialty Federal Ammunition
#50
857 fps
#49
245 ft lbs
115 Grain Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP) Black Hills Ammunition
#5
1175 fps
#8
352 ft lbs
135 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#42
960 fps
#43
276 ft lbs
147 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#47
932 fps
#37
284 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#36
1017 fps
#36
285 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Fiocchi Ammunition
#35
1020 fps
#33
287 ft lbs
100 Grain Frangible Federal Ammunition
#19
1075 fps
#48
257 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#12
1131 fps
#7
352 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#18
1085 fps
#16
324 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#46
936 fps
#34
286 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#29
1039 fps
#28
297 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#6
1171.5 fps
#3
378 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Sig Sauer
#39
985 fps
#17
317 ft lbs
115 Grain Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP) Barnes Bullets
#27
1039 fps
#42
276 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#33
1027 fps
#31
290 ft lbs
158 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Fiocchi Ammunition
#51
814 fps
#50
232 ft lbs
150 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#41
966 fps
#18
310 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Black Hills Ammunition
#8
1150 fps
#5
364 ft lbs
100 Grain HoneyBadger Black Hills Ammunition
#1
1300 fps
#4
375 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Corbon
#3
1250 fps
#1
399 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#30
1038 fps
#44
275 ft lbs
92 Grain Pre-Fragmented G2 Research
#2
1265 fps
#15
327 ft lbs
138 Grain Segmented Hollow Point (SHP) Federal Ammunition
#40
985 fps
#24
298 ft lbs
125 Grain HoneyBadger Black Hills Ammunition
#21
1050 fps
#20
306 ft lbs
127 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#14
1120 fps
#6
354 ft lbs
100 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#38
1003 fps
#51
224 ft lbs
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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.

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    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!

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    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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