[SHOT 2020] Hornady Projectiles, Loaded Ammo, Gun Storage and More

    New A-tips and 4DOF Kestrel

    Not wanting to wait for SHOT 2020, Hornady released most of their new product information back in October 2019.  Most of the buzz centered around the new A-Tips. They are designed and packaged to be as consistent as possible.  The aluminum tips are precision machined and each bullet is sequentially packaged ie in a box of 100 you will have bullets 1001 to 1100 from the press.  This leads to greater consistency and as we know in the long-range game consistency is king. 

    The new A-tip family of projectiles (photo courtesy of Hornady)


    Table of the new A-tips (photo courtesy of Hornady)

    My thoughts:

    While the A-Tips come at a street price of 72 cents a round (more expensive than any other factory offered cup and core projectile), they are getting good results including wins at Mammoth Sniper Challenge, Armageddon Gear Cup, Numerous wins in the PRS and the NRL finale.  In addition to their consistency, they do also claim higher BCs than the traditional cup and core bullets of the same weight. So if every little bit counts these might be worth a look.


    Gun Storage and Security

    Also new from Hornady is an increased emphasis on their Hornady Security and Snap Safe division.  This showed itself in the form of them more than doubling their footprint on the second floor of the exhibition hall.   

    Hornady gun safe line RAPiD (photo courtesy of Hornady)


    Ballistic Solver

    4DOF Kestrel Ballistic Solver (photo courtesy of Hornady)

    Hornady has also partnered with Neilson Kellerman to put their 4DOF software into a 5700 elite kestrel.  It retails for $200 cheaper than the comparable Applied Ballistics version.  

    Key Features include:

    • Accurate measurements of wind speed and direction, temperature, altitude and more.
    • In addition to 4DOF, a G1/G7 Ballistics Solver with large library of independently tested bullet data.
    • Easy operation with large buttons and bright, clear backlit display.
    • IP-67 waterproof, MIL-STD-810 drop-tested and backed by five-year warranty.
    • Powered by one AA lithium battery for hundreds of hours of reliable use.
    • Load-and-go convenience for calculating trajectories in areas without cell service.


    Loaded Ammo

    Most noteworthy, in my opinion, is the integration of the Sub-X projectile into the company’s line of subsonic ammo.  They claim reliable expansion at velocities as low as 900 f.p.s.  New this year are pistol rounds in 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 ACP as well as rifle additions in 30-30 Win, 450 Bushmaster, and 45-70 Govt.

    New subsonic offerings (photo courtesy of Hornady)


    Reloading Tools

    New Reloading tools.

    Lastly, Hornady brought out their new reloading tools, the Precision Measurement Station and the Auto Charge Pro.  The Precision Measurement Station allows reloaders to easily measure bullet ogive location, cartridge base to ogive location, headspace location and overall case length.  The Auto Trickler Pro is capable of dispensing loads at custom speeds and saving up to 4 settings.  It measures to the .1 grain accuracy and has a built-in level and leveling feet.

    For more information on any of the products visit https://www.hornady.com/