Hornady American Whitetail Ammo

Hornady American Whitetail

American Whitetail is a new hunting cartridge from Hornady designed specifically for deer.

The American Whitetail uses the older InterLock bullet, which is a more traditional design when compared to the different Flex Tip-style bullets Hornady has become known for.  The InterLock uses an exposed lead point, a tapered jacket and the InterLock band to bind the lead core to the jacket.  These features combine to provide controlled expansion and deep penetration.

Hornady claims the lead alloy core is “tough enough for any game.”  However, the American Whitetail ammo is specifically designed for deer hunting.  The bullet weights and velocities combined with the bullet design make for very effective deer ammunition while maintaining reasonable pricing.

The new American Whitetail is being loaded for the .243, .25-06, .270, 7mm-08, 7mm Rem Mag, .30-30, .308, .30-06 and 300 Win Mag.  Velocities, bullet weights and muzzle energy are listed in the table below.  All measurements were made with a 24″ test barrel.

Hornady American Whitetail Ammo Chart

MSRP runs from $26.65 to $38.33 depending on caliber.

I got to see the American Whitetail ammunition at the 2012 NASGW Expo.  It looks like a good, solid hunting cartridge.  There were no deer to shoot outside the Disney World gates (the Expo was in Orlando), but I suspect the loads would work fine for their intended purpose.

Hornady American Whitetail 30-06

Hornady American Whitetail bullet

Hornady American Whitetail ammo

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