Item #:HRN83200
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Product Information

The patented Flex Tip® technology used in Critical Defense® ammunition eliminates the clogging and inconsistency that often plagues hollow point bullets. Hornady® achieved this by using the same tip material as used in LEVERevolution® ammunition.

All Critical Defense® ammunition is loaded in nickel cases for increased visibility in low-light situations. Premium low fl ash propellants deliver proven performance, even in very shortbarreled handguns, and won't disrupt your vision. Reliable expansion and dependable terminal performance can be counted on for concealed carry/personal protection.

This is loaded ammunition.


WARNING: This product can expose you to Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Technical Notes

Ballistic Coefficient: 0.110

Read 35 Reviews - Average Rating: 5 stars

Great for CMR

By Bill R. on Jul 18, 2020
Runs flawless in my CMR. GREAT AMMO! If your CMR/PMR is choking on cheap ammo you need this!


By Sam C. on Jul 14, 2020
Using this round in my PMR 30 gives me confidence in my quest for home defense. Since this weapon has no recoil and combined with this ammo, this is a great home defense weapon for my wife.
The service from this vendor was outstanding!


By Terry S. on Jul 11, 2020
This shoots great in my pmr 30

Hornady 22Mag Critical Defense

By Greg W. on Jul 11, 2020
Great ammo. Ran well through both my Ruger and S&W revolvers and my Rossi semi-auto rifle. Accuracy was great. Graf & Sons made ordering easy and delivery was right on time.

Works great!

By Bruce F. on Jun 04, 2020
These go through my Kel-tec PMR 30 well. No misfires or failed ejections.

hornady ftx .22mag

By Steven M. on May 08, 2020
I was surprised and very pleased!!! with the way they frag and their accuracy


By Matthew E. on May 05, 2020
Easy to order and arrived with what I was expecting.

Critical defense

By J M N. on Apr 18, 2020
Hornady Critical defense in all pistol calibers in great stuff. Got these 22mag on sale at a great price from Graf and Sons they are always great to deal with. Highly recomend Hornady products and Grafs.

Hornady 22 WMR

By Brad M. on Apr 17, 2020
Great ammo for PMR30. Wow what a company and the customer service is top notch.
Graf and Sons A+++++

22 magnum

By Kevin F. on Apr 14, 2020
Good solid round. Hard hitting and cycles flawless through my ruger 10/22 magnum

Can't go wrong with this

By Silas W. on Apr 08, 2020
PMR's are strange little automatics. This is the best ammo you can get for it

Normandy' 22WMR

By Rebecca T. on Apr 03, 2020
Very good ammo for RMR30. Very great service from Grafs.

Great in Kel Tec PMR 30

By John N. on Mar 17, 2020
Anyone that owns a Kel Tec PMR 30 knows that they are very finicky with certain types of ammo, This stuff fed really smooth and the fun of 30 rounds is great !! For defense ammo this is the stuff to get !

Hornady Critical Defense 45 gr. 22 Magnum

By Kerry K. on Mar 06, 2020
I recently purchased a Rock Island Armory XTM 22 Magnum. They recommend nickel plated cases for best function of the pistol. Luckily, I had a box of this ammo and ran it thru this pistol. It never missed a beat. The pistol functioned perfectly and was very accurate at 25 yards. When I saw this on sale I purchased a brick of it.

Accurate and complete burn in Single Six revolver 9.5 barrel

By Gurol Y. on Mar 05, 2020
Fast burning powder evident by the loud rapport and punchy recoil on a 9.5 inch barrel Single Six revolver. All other cartridges I have tried leave bunch of unburned powder (looks like fine corn meal) in the cylinder and barrel. This is normal since 22 magnum powders are designed for slow burn in long rifle barrels, combined with the inherent cylinder gap in a revolver and you will end up with unburned powder all over the place. It is very minimal with this load.
Also this load gives the best accuracy. I do bullseye style slow fire one handed shooting and easily get an inch group at 50 feet (all 10s) and 1.5 - 2 inch groups at 25 yrds (mostly 10s and some 9s) Pretty sure will punch ragged holes with an optic and a bench rest.
Shot my first 1000, halfway thru my second 1000 and got just one failure to fire. Probably it had no primer since I tried to fire it several times re-inserting and hitting different parts of the rim...
I have a feeling these are loaded very precisely, never witnessed a weak or a strong feeling shot in all those 1500 rounds, unlike other cartridges it is very common to get a few 'weak' loads once in a while...
Nickel coated casings are very clean and remain clean after being fired (tells me they expand and seal nicely in the cylinder) which helps to keep the chambers clean also. No issues extracting. Almost feel bad throwing them away.
I have a feeling this load will be equally effective as a 380 or 9mm in a self defense situation. I wish ruger would come up with the 22 magnum version of LCP II. That would be the ultimate carry option since the velocities to expand these bullets are easily reached in short barrells with this load.

45 gr projectile

By John G H. on Nov 01, 2019
Hits hard plus accurate

Hornady critical defense 22 magnum

By David W. on Sep 03, 2019
Great ammo, but even better shipper.


By ED D. on Aug 29, 2019

Hornady 22 mag

By John K. on May 09, 2019
Like these for my old Taurus 971 SS 8 shooter, I love them and the pistol loves them,, what more could you want..

As usual Grafs had the best price and they are a pleasure to do business with, shipping is fast also...

22WMR Ammo tests in bolt action target rifle with scope.

By Charles N. on May 09, 2019
Of the brands tested Hornady 45gr Critical Defense was the clear winner. From a tripod rest my 86 year old eyes
were able to put 5 rounds into a ragged hole at 25 yds that measured .363 at it's widest point. The nearest rival made a three shot group that measured .392. The worst group of five brands tested was .678 for five rounds.

Hornady ammo

By Stan H. on Apr 22, 2019
Great ammo and great service from Grafs! I highly recommend both.


By John W. on Apr 15, 2019
I recently purchased a 6 inch S & W model 48 K - Frame in .22 Mag... This load from Hornady was designed for pistol, where most all .22 Mag Ammunition was all developed for rifle.... This gives the Critical Defense load a more desirable burn rate charge for operating in a 6" barrel revolver. The Hornady Ammo shoot great.

Very accurate

By Vincent m C. on Mar 29, 2019
Bought these to shoot in a revolver, & am very satisfied. Accurate and no excessive muzzle flash. Will buy more.

Great Ammo...

By Huey E. on Mar 28, 2019
Very accurate and expand well even from my Custom Bearcat 4" Revolver. Recovered bullets expanded from .340-.370". Highly recommended for 22 Magnum Revolver Shooters.

Hornady 22 mag 45g.

By Sherman S. on Mar 12, 2019
Excellent ammo for both my rifle and pistol. Both will hold a very tight group with this ammo.

Great in short barrel guns!

By Robert C. on Jan 22, 2019
I bought this for my two pocket light weights (S&W 7 shot and NAA Sheriff) and discovered it works great in the bigger guns too. GREAT all around ammo for when you need reliability. (NOT plinking in other words). Pricey for plinking so I use other stuff for that. Will buy more.

Hornady 22 magnum critical defense

By TOBY S. on Jan 15, 2019
worked perfectly in both my PMR 30 and Henry H001m.
Grouped well , fed and ejected without any issues.

hornady 22 magnum

By Paul L. on Dec 29, 2018
great in a PMR30

Self defense

By Gary L. on Dec 19, 2018
mags in a derringer, perfect for self defense on my property if needed. Also a ccw for my wife.

hornady 22 magnum

By David M A. on Dec 13, 2018
I bought this ammo for my 5 shot pocket pistol and it works great. I recently purchased a Ruger american 22 magnum. It shoots one hole groups at 25 yds too!! I'm very pleased with this ammo. I'm ordering more!!

hornady 22 magnum

By David M A. on Dec 13, 2018
This round is perfect for my needs. It is my go to round for my NAA 5 shot pocket pistol. It also is very accurate in my Ruger American 22 mag.

Great utility loading

By OREN M. on Dec 08, 2018
Our always ready "house gun" is a 22 Mag Mares Leg. A downside to 22 Mag is that sometimes the firearm chambering them can be finicky, Having tried just about everything from a 25 to 50 gr load in the Mares Leg, the Hornady FTX load seems to work best. The Chrony indicates a MV of 1650 fps. We are real shooters, not paper punchers so cannot quote some group performance. This load/gun combo does consistently punch (at 33yds) the center out of vertically positioned clay birds, then a second shot to break the rim. It has nicely dispatched raccoon and surprised a few crows. Should a two legged marauder show up uninvited, everyone in the house knows how to use the Mares Leg, we trust the FTX load will do the same.

17hornet brass

By John M. on Dec 07, 2018
arrived on time and in perfect condition Hornady products are top notch and this was no exception

Good for CMR's and PMR's

By Mike K. on Dec 05, 2018
I have a PMR and CMR, and it loves this stuff!

Competitor's choice

By Michael B. on Sep 19, 2018
Revision: November 2018
I’ve discovered that Hornady Critical Defense .22 Magnum is not suitable for Henry rifles. I asked the Henry community about this and several have reported similar results – Hornady Critical Defense will keyhole at 25 yards and beyond when fired from Henry rifles. The twist rate seems to be wrong for this bullet. CCI TMJ 40gr will produce dime size groups with peep sights, but the 45gr Hornady hits the paper sideways. At 100 yards it did not find the paper. Be advised.

Original: I recently bought a .22 Magnum rifle and asked other Lever Action Silhouette shooters what ammo to start with. The majority told me Hornady Critical Defense. At the regional match in September it seemed to be the only ammo competitors were using. Accurate and hard hitting, at affordable price. Designed for handguns, but works well in 20" & 24" barrels too. I was able to use one sight setting for targets as close as 40 yards and as far out as 100 yards.
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