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    Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    In the process of dispatching a stray roaming around my chickens I fired once, then a popping misfire. I cocked it and shot only to get a pop and fizz which pushed the bullet out just enough to enter the barrel and jamming my pistol. After much tinkering I finally got the cylinder out. I tried to post a pic.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Ooooh! Not good. Goes to show even the best can be "off". I'd contact Hornady.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by zorba View Post
    Ooooh! Not good. Goes to show even the best can be "off". I'd contact Hornady.
    That with lot number on the box
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Will be watching. Have a box in .357 that I have not fired any from.

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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Post the lot number here, too.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by zorba View Post
    Ooooh! Not good. Goes to show even the best can be "off". I'd contact Hornady.
    I did and their tech support answer was to try to reset the bullet with a dowel rod. I don't have the lot number
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by rbsivley View Post
    I did and their tech support answer was to try to reset the bullet with a dowel rod. I don't have the lot number
    ...seriously?

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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by rbsivley View Post
    I did and their tech support answer was to try to reset the bullet with a dowel rod. I don't have the lot number
    Wow.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Tech support needs remedial training.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by NN View Post
    Tech support needs remedial training.
    Slightly!

    I'd think they'd at the very least want the lot number, and probably the rest of the box back in exchange for a complimentary replacement...
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by rbsivley View Post
    I did and their tech support answer was to try to reset the bullet with a dowel rod. I don't have the lot number
    Lot number is on the box right under Hornady.

    Can you check the lot #, caliber and bullet weight? I have 3 boxes sitting on the shelf.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by Diver43 View Post
    Lot number is on the box right under Hornady.

    Can you check the lot #, caliber and bullet weight? I have 3 boxes sitting on the shelf.
    I don't have the lot number but here's a pic

    received_1928424657473310.jpg
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by rbsivley View Post
    I did and their tech support answer was to try to reset the bullet with a dowel rod. I don't have the lot number
    Removing the bullet from the bore is great. Replacing it in the cartridge will result in uncertain cartridge over all length in turn resulting in uncertain ignition pressure. Very dangerous.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    I removed the cylinder assembly and worked it out.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by early View Post
    Removing the bullet from the bore is great. Replacing it in the cartridge will result in uncertain cartridge over all length in turn resulting in uncertain ignition pressure. Very dangerous.
    Primer is already ignited. It probably had no powder and the primer pushed the bullet into the barrel.......
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    I'm pretty sure tech support was telling him to try and reseat the bullet to get the revolver open.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    That's exactly what I was thinking Dan.
    In his picture I'm not seeing much crimp on either case either ?
    The other cartridge also appears to have the bullet moved forward ?
    Some bad juju with it.
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    Well, that sucks hind teat fer sure................Hornady has a really good reputation for their ammo and reloading products. I'm sure they will make it right.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    I'm just reposting the pic for a better view:

    received_1928424657473310.jpg

    I'm really surprised the Hornady rep wasn't more interested in your problem. Unless they're already aware of it.


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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by rbsivley View Post
    I did and their tech support answer was to try to reset the bullet with a dowel rod. I don't have the lot number
    I’m pretty sure this was meant as a remedy to allow he cyclinder to swing open, not reuse the cartridge. Some context in your conversation with their tech support is appropriate here. It’s misleading as typed.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    You guys are right. Its obvious even without the context. I was a might tired last night
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.

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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    It appears, from watching this thread, that one should keep the original box that ammo comes in until the last rnd is used,
    as the lot number is important in this issue.

    I am guilty of not always keeping ammo boxes and consolidating stray rnds of same cartridge in any handy ammo container,
    as I often go shooting and need to keep logistic issues at a minimum and could need different bullet types
    depending on circumstances especially during the hunting season.

    But, the context here is important, because if one asks the wrong question they will get the wrong answer.

    Also, ammo storage is also important------case in point I got some .357 ammo from my neighbor that was kept in the
    door pocket of his truck. It was stored in high heat and at some point or several times it had gotten wet
    and sat in water one or more times.

    This ammo shot, but, the cases on a couple rnds split. It was Blazer ammo and I called them and had a good
    discussion with one of their people and we decided storage was the issue and that I should not shoot anymore of it.
    I believed, at the time, that if the ammo had been properly stored, they would have replaced it and wanted the remainder
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    I'm glad the dog was unarmed
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    No freaken kidding

    That is why i was so interested in the lot number. If i ever had to run, my revolver and that ammo would go with me
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    How old is this ammo? How long have you had it in the pistol?

    Also, how oily do you keep your weapons?

    It's not unusual for ammo that's been kept in "well oiled" firearms to draw in some of the oil, killing either the powder or primer (depending on where the oil entered)

    A lot of the "civilian grade" SD ammo isn't sealed like the "LEO grade" ammo. Making the unsealed ammo more susceptible to the contamination.

    I'm not personally willing to condemn Hornady's ammo until I find out more history of the offending rounds.


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    I had a similar incident with some Glazers in the 4" 357 I was carrying at the time. With the exception of my "fizzle" still having enough "oomph" to launch the bullet ~ 2-3 feet out the muzzle.

    Though the "click" on the first round was quite disheartening, knowing I had been relying on it for my protection
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    I don't want to sound like I'm piling on here, but I tried Hornady CD in my .32 and one bullet set back in the case, causing me to have a stoppage and the rim of the case jammed up the magazine and I had to disassemble it to clear things up. Plus, and this isn't Hornady's fault, but the truncated cone style bullet (a slight exaggeration there) wasn't the right shape to function in the PPK. I got some PMC HP which function fine...a 62 gr. bullet advertised at 980 fps....yeah.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    I had some .32 ACP HP ammo by Cor-Bon that when I chambered a round in my Walther PP and ejected it unfired it pulled the bullet and left that nasty powder in the chamber and the bullet was slightly stuck in the bbl.
    Been some years and I'm not condemning Cor-Bon ammo by any means.

    I guess the smart thing to do is cycle a couple rounds of whatever ammo you decide to use in your semi pistol to make sure it chambers and ejects without any issues. Since it wasn't my reloads I couldn't make a "Dummy Round" so be careful as you do this with any loaded ammo. Of course, firing some of whatever on the range is highly recommended before you trust it in your guns.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Besides the above, maybe take a cartridge and do the push test against a hard surface and see if a round is seated deeper and not crimped enough, twist in yer fingertips and for a revolver you can load and unload they cylinder with it.

    No real way to determine it will work as it should unless you actually fire some of it, though.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by rbsivley View Post
    I removed the cylinder assembly and worked it out.
    Only by God's mercy am I writing this. I thank Him that the Hornady rounds miss fired. I had replaced 2 rounds with some Winchester lead hp. The first round fired and hit the target. The second rd fired and (missed) then the two Hornady miss fired. After removing the stuck Hornady rd that pushed into the barrel I discovered the 2nd Winchester rd was stuck in the barrel bout half inch in. If the Hornady rounds had fired I would have been I serious trouble.
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    Re: Hornady Critical Defense has critical malfunction

    Quote Originally Posted by rbsivley View Post
    Only by God's mercy am I writing this. I thank Him that the Hornady rounds miss fired. I had replaced 2 rounds with some Winchester lead hp. The first round fired and hit the target. The second rd fired and (missed) then the two Hornady miss fired. After removing the stuck Hornady rd that pushed into the barrel I discovered the 2nd Winchester rd was stuck in the barrel bout half inch in. If the Hornady rounds had fired I would have been I serious trouble.
    WOW, literally dodged a bullet there
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