See How Hornady Bullets are Made

The Outdoor Channel’s Down Range TV has released a compelling (if highly marketing tinged) look into Hornady’s operations and bullet-manufacturing.

The video, clocking in at just shy of 9:00 is a revealing expose of the specialized machines, processes, and people that make our gun food.

Click here the picture below to be taken to the video:

Click on the picture to be taken to the Down Range TV Blog video.

Click on the picture to be taken to the Down Range TV Blog video.

Some of you may remember that the NRA did a similar video published in 2012. Unlike the Outdoor Channel, the NRA video shows the machining steps versus the machines.

Putting the two together, I cannot help by consistently be in awe of the technology behind our beloved hobby and sport. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Jim Jones

    When they showed those shots of the huge containers full of ammo, I just wanted to pull a Scrooge McDuck and do a swan dive inside the container, just to swim in it. Aaaaaaaaaaaah. Pure nirvana.

    • Steve Truffer

      I can’t help but think “OW” at doing that. I’d just make off with the bin of 5.45.

      • Jim Jones

        See below for the reference:

    • Ben Warren

      Not enough ammunition for a Scrooge McDuck, but you might be able to get Jinxed in one of the tubs.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Thanks for the article and the video link, Nathan. Most people are not familiar with industrial processes ( in any field of industry and manufacturing ), and therefore have a difficult time envisioning or understanding the sheer magnitude and scope of the effort involved. Perhaps this video will help to at least awaken the beginnings of an appreciation for the work and infrastructure behind the conveniences of the end product.

    Also — marketing slant or not, Hornady has long since earned earned its reputation for designing and manufacturing extremely high-quality ammunition. Just giving credit where credit is due.

  • dp

    Those people really give it care, so the result must be in accordance high quality. I do not recall hearing thru the video of production capacity per day, week or month. does anyone know that? How they compare in that sense with big makers?

  • PatrickHenry1789

    I started reloading a couple of years ago now. I have a Hornady manual and I only buy Hornady projectiles. I’ve never had a problem with any of it. I’ll sometimes weigh the bullets right out of the box just for schitz and grins. I’ve never seen one more than a tenth of a grain off yet. Pretty impressive IMHO.

    • Scott Coleman

      Although I do not reload at this time, I went through Gunsmith School and when we did our small reloading course, I used Hornady Reloading Data and Hornady bullets. I also got to meet a few of Hornady’s Finest a year ago at the Brownell’s Gunsmith Career Fair in Des Moines. They are truly top-notch and very proud to be American!

  • Ben Warren

    Heh. Just like my old workplace. Men on the factory floor, women doing the QC. Guess it works for ammunition manufacturing and food processing.