Hornady’s 2023 releases continue with a new line of ammunition loaded with a new projectile. The new V-Match (no relation to the old school Bushmaster rifle) ammunition is match-grade but also optimized for varminting, thanks to the ELD-VT bullet. Let’s take a closer look.
Hornady @ TFB:
The core of V-Match ammo is the ELD-VT bullet. There are already two members of the ELD family, the ELD Match and the ELD-X hunting bullet. The ELD-VT draws on the design of the others with a high ballistic coefficient and polymer tip. Where it differs is the internal construction. There is an air pocket between the polymer tip and the lead core. It’s something like the 7n6 5.45×39 load but without the steel penetrator.
Hornady makes several bullet options in the ELD-VT line, including:
- 62-grain .224
- 80-grain 6mm
- 100-grain 6.5mm
- 174-grain .308
Those options fall in the sweet spot for many cartridges. 62-grain .223 Remington loads and 174-grain loads in the .308 Winchester could have some broad-based appeal, as those are very common weights for popular calibers.
Loaded V-Match ammunition includes the .22 ARC, 6mm ARC, 6mm Creedmoor, and 6.5 Grendel. Notably absent from that list is a .30 caliber option, and the list of offerings is likely to expand. Keep an eye out for future pricing and availability information from Hornady, and for full ballistics data on the ELD-VT bullets.
From the manufacturer:
Designed using state-of-the-art technology, this bullet boasts exceptional aerodynamics. It guarantees high velocity retention, minimal wind deflection, and reduced weight—resulting in ultra-flat trajectories and violent expansion. Whether you’re aiming for victory on the competition range or seeking to outwit varmints, this bullet’s design will provide the ultimate in precision and expansion.
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