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•H.I.T.S. 1,071 for large game 300 - 2,000 lb. What does this mean?
Asked by: Sportsman06
The "Hornady Index of Terminal Standards" calculator is a resource designed to help hunters choose effective bullet/cartridge combinations for any hunting situation in the world.
Traditional muzzle energy figures do not take into account for the manner in which energy is transferred from the bullet to game animals. HITS factors in Bullet Weight, Sectional Density, Ballistics Coefficient, and Impact Velocity and delivers a rating that will fall into one of the four classifications below. Bullet construction is also a very important factor to consider.
1.) Small Game
less than 500 H.I.T.S.
The basic rule of thumb is that a H.I.T.S. rating of 500 or below describes a bullet/cartridge combination best suited for small game animals weighing less than 50 pounds.
2.) Medium Game
A rating of 501 to 900 applies to bullet/cartridge combinations that are applicable for medium-sized game such as deer, antelope, black bear, and caribou, or game weighing 50 to 300 pounds.
3.) Large Game
A rating of 901 to 1,500 specifies cartridge/bullet combinations well-suited for large and heavy, but not generally considered dangerous game. This includes elk, moose, African plains game, red stag, American bison, and other animals weighing between 300 to 2,000 pounds.
4.) Big Five/Very Large Game
over 1500 H.I.T.S.
A rating of 1,501 or greater indicates cartridge/bullet combinations that are suitable for very large game - game that is content hunting you back. There is no weight rating on this category since animals like African lions may weigh only 400 pounds.
The H.I.T.S. rating on Hornady ammunition is based on: 100 yard impact velocities for rifles, muzzleloaders, and shotguns and 50 yard impact velocities for handguns.
FTX® (available only in factory loaded ammunition)
Rapid, controlled expansion with deep penetration.
Recommended muzzle velocity range: Handgun 800 to 2100 fps
Recommended muzzle velocity range: Rifle 1800 to 3000 fps.
Answered by: KimberlyR
Date published: 2017-01-27
Can this ammo be used in lever action rifles?
Asked by: Mountain man
Hello, Mountain man.
The Hornady LEVERevolution® FTX® .444 Marlin 265-Grain Ammunition is lever gun ammunition which features Flex Tip Technology that is safe in your tubular magazine.