The just announced Hornady Custom Lite ammo is designed to provide reduced recoil in a number of popular centerfire rifle and shotgun cartridges. According to Hornady, the ammunition line is designed “to put the fun back into shooting” for children and anyone who is recoil sensitive. Recoil reduction ranges from 25 – 43% depending on the caliber.
Hornady achieved significant recoil reduction in felt recoil through the use of lighter bullets, lower velocities and modified propellants. While a shooter could easily choose a lower-power caliber, say .243 Win instead of .30-06 Sprg for example, by having reduced recoil choices in a caliber you already own can save you the money of buying a new rifle.
When introducing a person to the sport of shooting or hunting, recoil tends to be something that can frighten the new shooter. A painful first experience may turn the person off to shooting completely. Having a light recoiling load is one step a responsible gun owner can take to make a first shooting experience a good one. According to Hornady, “significant recoil reduction is achieved” with these loads.
The Hornady Custom Lite rounds could also be used to help a shooter transition from one caliber to another. For example, if you taught your child to shoot with a youth sized .243 Win, they may have since grown and need a full size rifle. You could find a good fitting .30-06, and let them shoot the Custom Lite loads as a bridge between the calibers.
The 12 gauge load appears to be the same as the SST Lite that was introduced late in 2012. It is perhaps the success of this load that led to the expansion of the reduced recoil loads across the company’s offerings.
Hornady Custom Lite Ammo Specifications
bullet weight (gr)
muzzle velocity (fps)
muzzle energy (ft-lbs)
|7mm Rem Mag||139||SST||2800||2420||27%|
|.300 Win Mag||150||SST||2800||2611||30%|
|20 ga slug||250||FTX||1600||1421||25%|
|12 ga slug||300||FTX||1575||1652||40%|