by David E. Petzal
As a rule I don’t mention other outdoor magazines, or quote them, but in this case events compel me. Sporting Classics, in its March/April issue, gave an Award of Excellent to Hornady as Company of the Year. For the past several years, Hornady has been in a virtual frenzy of innovation, churning out new cartridges, and also, and for which I tip my hat, giving new life to some old ones.
They are the .450 Nitro Express 3 1/4-inch, .500 Nitro Express, .450/400 Nitro Express 3-inch, .416 Rigby, .404 Jeffrey, and although not an oldie but a goodie, and in short supply, the .416 Remington. None of these will ever sell by the pallet load, but they are all time-tested and very useful dangerous-game loads made even more effective by the use of Hornady bullets. They will breathe new life into a lot of old rifles whose ammunition supply was uncertain, or of poor quality, or both.
This bespeaks a high degree of sophistication on the part of Hornady–that the way to go is not always to bring out something newer and faster; that for dangerous game, moderate velocity is better than high, and that there are limits to how much recoil people can take. And that “old” does not necessarily mean “outmoded.”