The ammunition industry has been so focused on “super bullets” in the past several years that it’s easy to forget that cup-and-core bullets at standard velocity are really darn good deer killers. The folks at Hornady remember though, and for 2013 are introducing a line of what we’d call “standard” ammunition named “American Whitetail.” Don’t get the idea that “standard” implies these are some cheap, garden-variety promotional loads. Hornady has put so much research and effort into making some of the best ammunition that quality is just built into the DNA of how they make ammunition.
American Whitetail is loaded with proven Interlock bullets. These bullets have a small but strong ledge inside the jackets that mechanically “locks” the jacket and core together so you don’t experience jacket/core separation. To help facilitate and control expansion, Interlock jackets also have internal grooves and are tapered.
The line starts with .243 Winchester and goes up to .300 Win. Mag. with several other popular whitetail loadings in between. All are optimized specifically for deer hunting.