The just announced Hornady Custom Lite ammo is designed to provide reduced recoil in a number of popular centerfire rifle and shotgun cartridges. Â According to Hornady, the ammunition line is designed “to put the fun back into shooting” for children and anyone who is recoil sensitive. Â 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. Â 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. Â A painful first experience may turn the person off to shooting completely. Â Having a light recoiling load is one step a responsible gun owner can take to make a first shooting experience a good one. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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)||bullet type||muzzle velocity (fps)||muzzle energy (ft-lbs)||recoil reduction|
|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%|