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Hornady Critical Defense

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Jim S., Jul 31, 2010.

  1. I see that they finally came out with "Critical Defense" for the 45's.
    I hesitate to buy it because it is just one of many new miracle rounds that are filling the market.
    I go on the web sites and of course the manufacturer makes all kinds of fantastic claims about their great new product.
    I even look at the gun magazine reviews on line and end up wondering how much is fact and how much is "these guys pay your bills" type of review.
    It seems to me like there are a lot of great new rounds out there but until they are actually used and survive a few years I hesitate to take them very seriously.
    Any one have any input on the Hornady Critical Defense?
    They sound like a good round for finicky feeders like some of the older 1911's.
    They sound like a good round for times when people wear heavy clothing.
    They sound like all the other new fangled rounds that are coming out and I am wondering if they are actually good or just more hype.
  2. AZBru88


    May 21, 2010
    Jim I'm old school still shooting XTP's in my 9's and 10mm. Have been trying to find a good source for CD in 9mm just to give it a good try. I've found some...big $$ so I'll wait for them to get caught up and ahead of the game. Hopefully the sellers won't be price gouging as much! Can't wait to hear what people think of it.

  3. datnvan


    Apr 30, 2008
    this was the round i chose for my carry 9mm and .380. i read the same articles you read and watched many youtubes on ppl's own ballistics testing in various mediums and obstructions. i was satisfied. just like other premium SD rounds its got low flash and light recoil and feeds reliably. not saying its the best SD round out there, but for short barrel ccw it might be one of the best for reliable expansion. similar round is the corbon powr ball but it tends to fragment. one round that everybody is nuts over the the corbon DPX. it looks awesome but very expensive. i generally put a couple hundred round of my SD ammo to make sure its reliable thru my guns before i start carrying.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2010
  4. 8th SPS USAF

    8th SPS USAF

    Apr 28, 2007
    I saw the 9 and I think 38 spec on one of the shooting shows. They

    shot water jugs and seemed to work well. I called a place that had the 45acp

    in their ad and this was about 3 wks after they came out. I bought 3 boxes,

    I have not tried them out yet. Called back for 9mm and they were out.

  5. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    Hornady always makes a solid accurate load in my experience, but I don't care for light-for-caliber bullets in the .38sp, so I wouldn't chose it in that case or any expanding bullet in a small .380.
    In 9mm or larger, they may be solid loads.
  6. rome2240sw

    rome2240sw GLOCKIN4LIFE

    Jun 5, 2010
    columbia, SC
    I too my friend wonder about this round as well. The only thing that gets me is how narow it is in the front of the bullet compared to Gold Dots and HSTs. Though i havent seen any personal test i have found few videos of backyard ballistic tests using the Hornady CD.

    Anyone use it in 40 165? is it worth $1 a round? because it goes for 19.99 and the tap goes for 16.99
  7. cosmose


    Dec 1, 2008
    i tested the 38 and 380 in water jugs and i was impressed, i wished the 45 was at least 200gr but i'll probably give it a try:)
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  8. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    I would like to try some but they are a bit pricey.
  9. H&K 4 LIFE

    H&K 4 LIFE Leonum A Ignis

    Jan 27, 2009
    In my experience the Critical Defense is a decent round, pretty darn accurate.

    However, both of the loadings I have tried (9mm and .38+P) are pretty "watered down". They seem good for someone who is recoil shy, but personally for SD I want something hotter. :)
  10. DonGlock26


    Jan 18, 2001
    I'm sticking with RangerT, HST, and GD. I think GD is the best deal going in defensive ammunition.
  11. DRT


    May 6, 2001
    Just get yourself some HST or Ranger T series in 50round boxes. Cheaper and better.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  12. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    I'm sticking to the top-tier stuff (Gold Dots, HSTs, Rangers) for ammo just like I'm sticking to the top-tier for guns (Glock, H&K, S&W, Sig).
  13. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Good advice. If the made the HCD in 200gr I would look into it for my smaller 45s. I'm happy w/ just about anything int he 45acp though, even ball would work, but not my choice.
  14. Deputydave

    Deputydave Millennium Member

    Feb 20, 1999
    The same might be said of the .357 magnum round. It is listed as 125grn at 1500 fps...but out of an 8inch vented barrel.