Hornady ELD-X

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Long-range hunters never have to guess if their ammo is up to the job again thanks to Hornady’s ELD-X. It’s designed specifically for long-range applications, but it will certainly do a great job on game just a chip shot away. It has a best-in-class ballistic coefficient and is designed for maximum penetration at long ranges and maximum expansion at shorter ranges, thanks to the patented Heat Shield tip. It’s available in calibers from 6.5 Creedmoor to 30-.378 Weatherby. ($43-$126.85; Hornady.com)

There’s ammo, there’s good ammo, and then there’s great ammo. They all work, but some clearly work better than others. Thanks to high-quality components, carefully engineered loads and hours of testing, ammo makers have created yet another batch of high-quality ammo for hunting, plinking, precision target shooting and personal defense. Yep, there’s some great ammo for just about everyone who owns a gun and who likes to use it. After countless hours at the range and in the field, our editors and writers built this list of the best new loads this year. Whether you prefer handguns, shotguns, rimfires, ARs, bolt-action rifles or all of the above, you’ll find at least one more reason to head to your favorite gun store here.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.


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