Hornady turned to Doppler radar to learn more about its bullets in flight and learned that the polymer tips commonly used in the bullet-making industry sometimes deform, or “slump” in flight, lowering the ballistic coefficient and reducing the bullet’s downrange potential. As a leader in tipped bullet technology, Hornady engineers sought out a new tip material and developed the Extremely Low Drag eXpanding (ELD-X) bullet with “Heat Shield” tip. It’s a match-accurate hunting bullet that includes Hornady’s Interlock ring and tapered jacket to control expansion and weight retention.
At conventional range (0-400 yards), the ELD-X bullet is designed to continually expand throughout its penetration path. Upon impact, the thin nose section of the bullet peels back and sheds material until it reaches the thick shank of the bullet jacket where the InterLock ring works to keep the core and jacket together. The remaining heavy shank of the bullet continues to drive forward and expand for extremely lethal results.
Upon low velocity, 400+ yard impacts, the Heat Shield tip drives backward into the bullet to initiate expansion. These bullets expand and retain 85-90% of their weight to provide deep penetration and large wound cavities.
The new ELD-X are available as component bullets or loaded in a new line of Hornady Precision Hunter ammunition.
Precision Hunter Loads
6.5 Creedmoor 143-grains
7mm Rem. Mag. 162-grains
.308 Win. 178-grains
.30-’06 Sprg. 178-grains
.300 RCM 178-grains
.300 Win. Mag. 200-grains
.300 Rem. Ultra Mag. 220-grains
.30-378 Wby. Mag. 220-grains
“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”
In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.