Ammo Review: Hornady BLACK targets popularity of MSRs
By Kristin Alberts
The 223 BTHP shot well from both an AR platform and bolt gun, and the bullet should perform well on small game and varmints alike. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Whether you call them black guns, AR-style, or modern sporting rifles, these semi-auto rifles perform best when cleaned, maintained, and fed a certain diet of ammunition. While reliability is one major factor in selecting ammunition, Hornady BLACK brings the potential for greater accuracy for longer range shooters and hunters. Is the ammo worth the price increase over all the other surplus-budget rounds on the shelf? Guns.com finds out.
What is BLACK?
New for 2017, Hornady’s BLACK ammunition features a wide variety of versatile loads optimized for what they call “America’s favorite guns.” Regardless of the caliber, each box of BLACK is loaded with variations of premium Hornady bullets, each tailored to a specific platform, like AR’s, AK’s, pistols, rifles, or even tactical shotguns. Though the rounds seem naturally inclined to excel with fit, feed, and function in semi-autos of direct impingement, gas piston, or inertia drive, it’s important to note that BLACK is equally as friendly with bolt or pump guns, suppressed, sub-, or supersonic jobs.
The BLACK 308 is a perfect companion for an AR-10