Hornady has expanded its Critical Defense ammunition line by bringing in new rifle calibers to the personal-defense oriented product lineup. The new chamberings include two options in .223 Rem., one loaded with a 55-gr. bullet and the other loaded with a 73-gr. bullet. The other addition in .308 Win. provides users with a 155-gr. bullet.
Each round is loaded with the company's patented FTX bullet design, which incorporates a unique Flex Tip that is designed to ensure that the bullets expand quickly and reliably, even after passing through thick clothing and other barriers.
The ammunition is also loaded in bright, polished, nickel-plated cases. The use of nickel-plated cases provides a couple of benefits. First, the slick casing ensures that rifle function is unimpeded by the ammo itself, thanks to the added lubricity offered by the nickel plating. Second, the bright nickel can be seen easily, even in low-light situations, making it simple to check if a rifle is loaded.
In addition to the FTX bullet and the nickel-plated case, Hornady also formulated a special propellant designed to reduce muzzle flash and recoil, preserving night vision.
Designed for short-range defensive situations, Critical Defense Rifle delivers quick expansion for reduced potential of over-penetration.