Skip to main content Skip to main content

Gear of PDTV: Hornady Steel Match

Gear of PDTV: Hornady Steel Match

Using Hornady Steel Match ammo for personal defense?  Well, not exactly. As George says at the close of every show, "remember to train hard, train smart and train safe." All that training requires a lot of ammunition, and at PDTV we recognize ammo isn't cheap.

This season of PDTV a good deal of George's range work was with Hornady Steel Match ammo.

That's one reason we're glad to see Hornady come out with its new line of Steel Match handgun and rifle ammunition. We'll still choose a premium load like Hornady's Critical Defense to protect ourselves, but this season a good deal of George's range work was with Steel Match ammo. It just made sense, and didn't disappoint.

Steel Match loads approximate the bullet weight and velocity of Hornady's XTP and Critical Defense lines, but run about half the price.


Steel Match loads approximate the bullet weight and velocity of Hornady's XTP and Critical Defense lines, but run about half the price. Because Steel Match so closely approximates Hornady's dedicated defensive loads, you can expect shot placement and gun function to be similar.


Loads feature Hornady Action Pistol or Match rifle bullets for uncompromised accuracy, and meet "power factor" criteria if you shoot in action pistol sports.

Throughout the entire season, Steel Match never gave us a single malfunction regardless of what gun George was using, or how many rounds were fired between cleaning. There's a super slick coating on the steel cases and Hornady loads Steel Match at their factory with a propellant optimized for each load. Headshot target using Hornady HAP pistol ammunition

That optimization minimizes fouling, and maximizes reliability and accuracy to a level that made even precise head shots possible.




Practicing is perhaps the most important tool in preparing for personal defense. Loads such as Hornady's Steel Match offer non-handloaders an excellent factory alternative that lets you shoot twice as much for the same price as premium ammo.

George Wehby of PDTV shooting a Taurus Slim

Current Magazine Cover

Enjoy articles like this?

Subscribe to the magazine.

Get access to everything Guns & Ammo has to offer.
Subscribe to the Magazine

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Savage Arms Impulse Rifle with Straight-Pull Action

Savage Arms Impulse Rifle with Straight-Pull Action

Savage introduces a must-shoot straight-pull rifle, the Impulse, with three hunting configurations.

Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light

Red vs. Green Lasers: Visibility in Bright Light

In this segment of “At The Range,” Handgunning Editor Jeremy Stafford and contributor Patrick Sweeney compare the visibility of red and green lasers in outdoor, sunny conditions.

Benelli Lupo Bolt-Action Rifle Review

Benelli Lupo Bolt-Action Rifle Review

It is unlike any other rifle on the market because it offers features no one else does; those looking for a rifle that fits like a custom-made firearm should look no further than the Benelli Lupo.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Guns & Ammo App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Guns & Ammo stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now