Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

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Should Hornady Improve the 250 Grain FTX Factory Cartridge?

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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Jim in Houston » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:49 pm

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1. Date of kill. August 2017
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Custom
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? AR
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 20” / 1:24”
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 30 yards
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Wild pig, 60 lbs
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? Yes
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? Shot behind the left front leg
9. Did the bullet pass through? Yes
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible. No and no
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? Yes
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? Did not run; dropped immediately
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? N/A
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? Weight and accuracy at short range
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? Probably more bullet than needed at short range on smallish game

1. Date of kill. October 2014
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Custom
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? AR
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 20” / 1:24
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 210 yds
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Elk 725 lbs
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? No
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? First shot was behind the left front leg, which should have been a heart lung shot, but may have hit the shoulder;
The second shot was quartering away into the right side
9. Did the bullet pass through? Unknown, but probably not
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible. Not recovered
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? N/A
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? N/A Animal moved away slowly and was tracked by a light blood trail onto a neighboring property; could not obtain permission to continue tracking from the land owner and did not recover the animal
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? Light and intermittent
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? Weight
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? Loss of energy at or beyond 200 yards, excessive drop after 300 yards
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Thom28 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:35 pm

1. Date of kill. 11/15/2015
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Custom
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? Single Shot-Ruger No.1
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 20" 1-10
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 130 yards
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Whitetail 125#
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? Yes
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? Left lung, stomach, intestines. No bones
9. Did the bullet pass through? No
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible.Yes
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? Yes, small amount-Left front shoulder
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? 25yards
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? None first 15 yards- then massive blood trail
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? Accuracy
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? Fragmentation without hitting bone. Separation of jacket and core.
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Marco45 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:18 pm

1. Date of kill./November 9/2017

2. Hornady Black or Custom? /Hornady black

3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? /Ruger American

4. Barrel length and twist rate. /Barrel is 16.5 - twist 1-16 I think

5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 298yards...laser ranged

6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. New Mexico Cow ELK ...375-400 Lbs

7. Did you recover the animal successfully? /Yes

8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? / Enterance at Left ribs broke one on the way in,exit right chest(quarting away shot) top of both lungs Destroyed

9. Did the bullet pass through? /yes

10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? / no recovery, pass through

11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? / no meat loss

12. How far did the animal run after being shot? / 30 yards

13. What kind of blood trail did you have? / major Bloodloss from both sides

14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? / Very accurate and did the job on my elk.i would not hesitate to shoot Elk with a 450 bushmaster just put it where it’s supposed to go....Just my two cents worth

15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? / none so far
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Jlb-mt » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:25 pm

1. Date of kill. 12/13/17
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Black
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? AR15
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 20/24
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 100yds
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Deer 200lbs
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? Yes
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? Lungs
9. Did the bullet pass through? No
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible. Yes
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? Yes
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? 100 yds
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? None
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? Accurate
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? Does not penetrate rapid expansion
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Jeepejeep » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:18 am

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1. Date of kill. 12/13/17
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Custom
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? AR
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 16in. Not sure of twist. Whatever Bushmaster factory is.
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). Ranged at 86 yds.
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Whitetail about 140 lbs.
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? Yes
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? Hit while quartering away. Went through stomach, liver, one lung, chipped scapula on off side shoulder. Bullet under skin on off side.
9. Did the bullet pass through? Found under skin on off side. See above.
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible. See above and picture. Bullet weighs 193 grains.
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? Very little from shoulder.
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? About 20 yards.
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? Not much. Probably because of where it was hit and no exit wound.
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? I think for deer, it's fine. It penetrated about 3 feet of innards and still broke the scapula. For bear I think we need a tougher bullet.
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? For animals bigger than deer I think a tougher bullet is needed. After seeing a 450 lb. Black bear take 5 hits from a 45/70 with heavy loads, I don't know if the current bullet would penetrate enough after breaking a big shoulder bone.
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Texas Sheepdawg » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:50 am

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1. Date of kill. Setember 17th
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Custom
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? Asingle shot
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 21" 1in 20.
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 75 yd.
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picturis. deer 170
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? Yes
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? Lungs
9. Did the bullet pass through? Yes
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible. No
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? No
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? 10 yards
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? Average and reasonably to follow in the dark.
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? Accurate
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? None so far.
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Texas Sheepdawg » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:19 pm

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. Date of kill. 12/29/17
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Custom
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? Ruger American
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 21” and standard factory twist.
5. Distance to target. 20 yds. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure).
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Doe, 100 lbs.
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? Yes.
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? Lower thorax. Took out the heat. Created a massive hole. Broke the sternum laterally.
9. Did the bullet pass through? Yes!!
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? No and no.

Post picture if possible.
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? No.
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? 20 yds.
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? Massive blood trail.
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? Seems to be devastating at short range.

15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX. Nose compresses inward instead of flaring out.
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Robert FL » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:04 pm

1. Date of kill. December 30, 2017
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Black
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? AR 15
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 16" Stainless Steel,1-24 twist
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 15 yards running quarterd to me
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Wild hog Sow, 140 lbs
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? yes
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? entry mid rib, exit paunch
9. Did the bullet pass through? yes
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible.
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? only ribs
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? 50 yards
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? good blood trail with matter from guts
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? they seem to be accurate out of my AR
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? dont know, I need to take a few more hogs to know if any weak points exist
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Robert FL » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:11 pm

1. Date of kill. Jan 6, 2018
2. Hornady Black or Custom? black
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? AR-15
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 16" 1-24
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 25 yards
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Wild Boar hog, 140?
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? yes
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? entry front of front shoulder, exit low behind opposite shoulder just behind pocket, lungs
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible. pass thru
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? gave whole hog to relative, he said right shoulder was toast.
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? 0 ft dropped at shot
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? blood spurted out like a water hose for a couple of seconds till he expired
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? this is my second kill, they seem to work.
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? none so far.
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Re: Hornady Factory Ammo Survey 2017/2018

Postby Pnyhntr10pt » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:25 pm

1. Date of kill. Nov. 2017
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Black
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? AR15
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 18in 1:24
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 75 yrds
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Whitetail doe ~150 .lbs
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? Yes
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? Pocket, Top of heart and both lungs.
9. Did the bullet pass through? Chest cavity but not hide.
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible. Stuck in hide on exit side
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? No
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? 25 yards
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? Surprisingly light!
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? Accuracy
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? Weight retention and penetration.


1. Date of kill. Nov. 2017
2. Hornady Black or Custom? Black
3. AR 15, Bolt Action or single shot? AR
4. Barrel length and twist rate. 18in 1:24
5. Distance to target. (Approximate will be okay if you’re not sure). 120 yards
6. Type of animal and approximate weight. Feel free to post a picture. Whitetail buck, ~225lbs.
7. Did you recover the animal successfully? No, 4 days later
8. Where did bullet impact and what organs and bones were affected? Front shoulder with leg back appeared to be one lung but decay made it difficult.
9. Did the bullet pass through? About 50% made it through shoulder mostly lead. Decent amount of jacket plus lead remained in paddle/blade
10. Did the bullet remain in the carcass and did you recover the bullet and fragments? Post picture if possible. Mentioned in q9. 2 large fragments recovered.
11. Did you suffer any loss of edible meat? Whole deer
12. How far did the animal run after being shot? Est. 500+ yards
13. What kind of blood trail did you have? Big fat zero! 2 other hunters setting with me seen shot and noticeable impact. While deer ran off noticed near side broken leg. The rest of the info gathered 4 days later having a autopsy in field.
14. In your opinion, what are the strong points of the 250 Grain FTX? Accuracy
15. In your opinion, what are the weak points of the 250 Grain FTX? Weight retention and penetration.
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