Hornady ftx


November 19, 2010, 10:03 PM
Is this ammo legal for SD/HD in New Jersey?

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November 19, 2010, 11:17 PM
What caliber, load and bullet weight? Help us members here who are not totally up to date on Hornady offerings...

November 19, 2010, 11:42 PM
Bill - None of that matters. He's asking because of NJ's screwy laws regarding hollowpoint rounds. No state in the nation has laws requiring or restricting specific caliber/bullet weight/etc in self defense situations.

Jurist - Looks like they'd be fine to me, especially since they don't fit the typical description of hollowpoints. They almost seem to be closer to EFMJ in appearance, and likely function in a similar way.

November 20, 2010, 06:03 PM
I am not so sure about that kingpin. NJ is ALMOST as bad as Illinois when it comes to twisting the "laws". Even though it is a ballistic tip, it is still a hollow point. I would be willing to bet, there are many in NJ that would twist it up that way to bust someone. Personally, I would not want to test the issue.

November 20, 2010, 06:18 PM
Freedom Fighter - Hollow points aren't illegal to begin with. They're just subject to some pretty severe & specific restrictions.

If the OP wants to use them for home defense, that's fine. It's transport/using them for SD in a CCW that gets tricky/impossible quickly.

November 20, 2010, 06:51 PM
So, I got to wondering what the exact definition of "hollow point ammunition" was in NJ law, and a little bit of googling directed me to this thread on Stoppingpower.net:


In which the poster quotes a letter from the NJSP Firearms Unit, in response to my exact question. According to the NJSP, hollow point ammo is defined as “a bullet with a cavity in the nose to facilitate expansion.”

HOWEVER - the letter goes on to list three specific legal alternatives to hollow point ammo. (Hornady Critical Defense, Cor-Bon/Glaser PowR Ball, & Federal EFMJ) The reason for these three brands of ammo being legal is as follows:

"Each use a different technology to facilitate expansion and do not have a “hollow” cavity. In the case of the PowR Ball and the Critical Defense, each uses a polymer to fill the “cavity,” and therefore are considered to be Expanding Type bullets falling short of a “hollow point.”"

So according to the info above, it would seem that Hornady FTX does indeed fall outside the definition of "hollow point" ammunition in regards to NJ law. Good to know!

November 21, 2010, 03:23 PM
As of a couple 3,4 months ago the Hornady was on the list for ammo of hornady critical defense to use in NJ or any state that had restrictions on using hollow points. ....but you can always use semi-wadcutters for defense if needed.

November 21, 2010, 05:33 PM
Federal makes a EFMJ bullet that looks like a FMJ practice bullet but is a bullet that will expand just like any oll HO bullet.

Five of Clubs
November 21, 2010, 09:16 PM
I carry FTX .357 loads in my snubbie. Ironically, the polymer is there to increase expansion since velocity is lost with the short barrel. I really believe most gun laws are written by people that don't know anything about guns.

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