Ammo Review: Hornady Critical Defense vs. SPAM

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Welcome back to our continuing series where we subject Hornady Critical Defense and Critical Duty ammo to all sorts of abusive and at times, ridiculous, tests. You see, it’s supposed to expand every time. And we’re going to find out if it does.

Our reader suggestion for this episode is… Spam. Yes, the simulated meat kind.

We thought this was a great idea.

People at our outdoor shooting range? Not so much. Mainly because they got covered with Spam. But hey, that’s why you’re supposed to wear eye protection, right? So our conscience is clean, if not our clothing.

Down here in South Cackalackee we got ourselves a problem – wild spam. It’s everywhere and we find them in all sizes – from 7 ounce cans to 12 packs. And when it’s allowed to roam free in the wild, it can reach 25 pounds – so caliber selection is a bit tricky.

Anyway, wild Spam are slimy, slippery, and basically a booger to catch, so we elected to shoot canned Spam. Both original and generic. Just in case there’s a difference. We hear that artificial spam has even less meat in it so we figured it would be interesting to see if there’s a difference in bullet expansion performance and Spam lethality. Well, obviously Spam is lethal to humans, but is Hornady Critical Defense ammo lethal to Spam?

First we tested the Hornady Critical Defense .22 Magnum round. We thought it would be a pretty good solution for Spam – not too much meat damage, no recoil, and lots of rifle and pistol options to launch it. With a 45 grain FTX bullet that included one of those cute little red flex tips to aid expansion we were hopeful for consistent expansion results.  We elected to use a Ruger Single Six with a 7.5″ barrel – a portable Spam solution that would keep velocity reasonable at closer Spam hunting distances.

We originally expected the .22 WMR to leave a little something edible when all was said and done, but unless we intended to scrape Spam splatter off other nearby shooters at the range, it was not to be. The .22 WMR round was somewhat, ah, explosive against both brand name and generic spam. And we got great expansion from all rounds through both real and plastic Spam. Not bad performance considering that the round had to pass through two sides of metal skin and a big hunk of gelatinous fake meat love.

Because you never know when you might encounter an especially irritable Spam while attending to more urban chores, we tested a couple of common personal defense loads. Will a quick shot from your every day carry gun put down a Spam? Will there be any left? Will the Grocery Product Defense League of Americacome after you with abuse charges?

We aimed to find out and tried both 90 grain .380 ACP and 115 grain 9mm Critical Defense rounds.

While the .380 rounds mortally wounded all of our test Spams with a single shot, we were a tad disappointed with the expansion results. We shot them from a very short barreled Ruger LCP so velocity was at the low end of the round’s potential. We noted some mild deformation, but no actual expansion.

The 9mm rounds out of a Glock 17 Gen IVwere another story altogether.

More weight + More Velocity = Spam Juice

While juicing Spam this way is cheap and easy, not to mention fun, you’re probably better off using the Jack Lalane Power Juicer if you’re one of those that appreciates the extra nutrients available from Spam juicing.

What we learned

  • Shooting canned food is fun, but can be expensive
  • Domestic, or canned, Spam is much easier to shoot
  • Don’t shoot Spam when other people are at the range. Unless you have lot’s of Handi-Wipes available
  • Spam is NOT more edible after shooting. In fact, it’s even less palatable.

 

If you’re into video, check out SPAM – The Movie

Spam, spam, spam, and spam.

You can buy Hornady Critical Defense and Critical Duty Ammunition here.

Will Hornady Critical Defense Ammo Expand in Black-Eyed Peas?

Big expansion or big mess?

Pocket Cannon Field Artillery Test…

Ammo Test: Will Hornady Critical Defense Ammo Expand In Rocks?

We aim to find out…

Hmmm. Tough barrier.

Crimson Trace Lightguard – Video Preview

Iain over at Crimson Trace sent us a brand spanky new Crimson Trace Lightguard sized for a Glock 17 Gen IV. Here’s a quick video preview and installation tour. We also compare it to a Streamlight TLR-1 and a handheld Surefire E2D Defender in a dark and spooky garage…

It was a dark and spooky garage. Fortunately we had a Crimson Trace Lightguard…

Ammo Test: Will It Expand? E-Mail Spam…

Our semi-serious testing of Hornady’s Critical Defense ammo continues. This weeks reader suggestion is email spam. One inch of it to be exact…

Hornady Critical Defense vs. email spam

Ammo Test: Shooting Spam with Hornady Critical Defense Ammo – Will It Expand?

Shooting Spam with Hornady Critical Defense Ammo!

Best Police Car Chase Ever

You just can’t make this stuff up…

The Micro Cannon in action

I have GOT to get one of these…

How to reload without having parts left over…

If you’re like me, there have been one or two times in your life when you embarked upon a “do it yourself” project and when all was said and done, and the dust settled, there were a few mystery parts left over.

When it comes to reloading ammunition, this is definitely NOT a good thing!

Fortunately, the good folks at Sinclair International have created an outstanding series of videos for the new reloader. Check out their blog - The Reloading Press.

Here’s an example:

Sinclair Reloading Video

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