Hornady Manufacturing Company is an American manufacturer of ammunition and handloading components, based in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The company was founded by Joyce Hornady (1907–1981) who started in the munitions business in the early 1940s when he teamed up with Vernon Speer to make bullet jackets from spent brass rimfire cases. In 1964, Hornady began manufacturing rifle and pistol ammunition. The company is currently run by Joyce Hornady’s son, Steve Hornady.
“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today.
The Company makes target shooting and hunting rounds as well as self-defense loads. In 1990, the Hornady XTP (which stands for Extreme Terminal Performance) won the industry’s Product Award of Merit 1990 from the National Association of Federal Licensed Dealers.
The company manufactures a range of handloading components including cartridge cases, bullets, and shotgun shell components, as well as handloading equipment and data.
At the beginning of 2012, they brought out a “Zombie Max” bullet, apparently due to the growing interest in “Zombie Shooting” in America.