A review by Matt Relihan (Kaapjag Executive Officer)

 I have been using Hornady bullets for many years and they have become my first choice when considering a bullet for a reloading project, whether it be for hunting or target shooting. I believe Hornady bullets are good value for money, and they offer a wide selection for almost any application. I have used many of the bullets in their range over the years and have always found them to be consistent with the company’s slogan:  

Accurate – Deadly – Dependable.  

In my Hornady arsenal

I currently use the Vmax bullet in my .243 rifle for both springbuck hunting and target shooting. Despite their accuracy, the Vmax is not a bullet designed for body shots on antelope due to their explosive design. They are however extremely dependable when taking head shots and always deliver as expected – sometimes even when the shot placement was slightly less than perfect.  

I am extremely excited about the new CX-design added to the 6mm range of bullets. It will make the .243 a more appropriate cartridge for hunting springbuck and blesbok with its copper alloy controlled expanding bullet. An added benefit is of course the fact that they are lead-free. 

I have used the Interlock bullet extensively over the years and have always considered them good value for money. They are perhaps an entry level bullet, in my view, but is capable of impressive performance when using them in a mild load. I have never had an Interlock fail when driven at medium velocity, particularly when you match the bullet weight to the animal in your sights.

A great addition to the range, some years ago was the SST and the Interbond bullets. I currently use the SST bullet in my 6.5mm x 57 and the Interbond in my .300 H&H. Both have never failed me. I consider the Interbond a premium bullet where the expansion and weight retention are in perfect harmony. To my mind the Interbond is a real premium bullet.

For my 9.3 x 62 and .416 Taylor, the choice of bullet would certainly be the DGX and the DGS for any dangerous game application. I do not hunt much dangerous game any more (not that I have done much), so now I use the normal Interlock bullets – they kill a paper buffalo just as cleanly and at a reasonable price.  

I would not hesitate to recommend Hornady bullets to any reloader out there. They are accurate and dependable, and the company is continually adding new designs to cater for both hunters and target shooters. Their new CX bullet is already on my shopping list!

Premium Components of Hornady Bullets

The bullet makes the cartridge, and Hornady bullets are peerless. World record-setting accuracy, innovative new products, ultra-high ballistic coefficients, unprecedented terminal performance, and lot-to-lot consistency all combine to set Hornady bullets apart from the competition.

Cartridge Cases
All Hornady ammunition is loaded using premium cartridge cases, with most being made on-site at the Hornady case production plant. As with all Hornady products, only the highest quality raw materials are used and their manufacturing process and quality control procedures lead the industry in consistency and efficiency.

Hornady uses only premium propellants, and isn’t married to one particular powder vendor, so when decisions are made for specific loads, the ONLY consideration is performance. Propellants are chosen for each individual load, and every offering must provide the very best accuracy and temperature stability to ensure that whether you’re hunting in Alaska or Africa, you will get the performance and accuracy needed to take that trophy of a lifetime.

A quick Google search will confirm that Hornady bullets are widely available.

Matt gets his supplies from Guns & Bows in Bellville, Cape Town where he has been a customer for almost 2 decades. He experiences their team as welcoming and helpful.


Visit the Guns & Bows website for a look at their Hornady range.


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