Ammo Review: Hornady ELD-X bullets and Precision Hunter ammo
By Kristin Alberts
A selection of Precision Hunter ammo and ELDx bullets, with a factory 6.5 Creedmoor round. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
“Innovation” and “performance” are the names of the game with ammunition manufacturers these days. With new introductions in rifle bullet types and lines from Sig Sauer, Browning, Winchester, Federal, and Nosler, you couldn’t just expect powerhouse Hornady to sit back in the weeds, now could you? Oh no — in fact, Hornady led the way in 2016-2017 innovation first with their ELDx bullets and then the Precision Hunter ammunition.
Whether or not you bleed Hornady red, here’s why reloaders and hunters need to know about it.
Hornady’s intro board for the line at SHOT 2017. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
The ELD-X bullet story
Let’s start with a breakdown of the name: Extremely Low Drag eXpanding. The moniker means “extend your range and never compromise at any distance.” This new polymer-tipped bullet is advertised as a match accurate, technologically advanced, all range hunting tip. ELD-X bullets are considered “heavy caliber” and are also touted to have the highest-in-class ballistic coefficients (BC) while maintaining controlled expansion throughout a gamut of hunting ranges.
Hornady engineers saw a problem with commonly used polymer tips in high BC bullets melting and deforming in flight.