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Hornady ELDX 30 cal 178gr tipped

22 Sep 2018
@ 09:49 pm (GMT)

Robert de Vries

Has anyone had experience with these projectiles in a 308?
From some articles I've read, there seems to be some support to the notion that these projectiles could be suitable as a good single load all round option.


25 Sep 2018
@ 05:48 am (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: Hornady ELDX 30 cal 178gr tipped
Accuracy-wise, I tried them in my .308 with a 1:12 twist and was not impressed. Tried them in a 1:10 twist very accurate .308 and they did very well. Two friends have used them in tier rifles this fall for their elk and moose and are happy with the results. One moose was a quartering away lung shot at 180 meters while the other moose was broadside at 45 metes for a heart shot.
Performance was similar to the 180 grain SST loads they had used in recent years.

26 Sep 2018
@ 12:23 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Hornady ELDX 30 cal 178gr tipped
Hey Robert. Have you read the 7.62 308 section of the knowledge base cartridge section.|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)&__utmv=-&__utmk=126678285

All of the bullets are written about in there. I'm pretty sure that the ELD-X is dam near identical to the ELD-M. Have a read I'm sure that you'll get the answer there. If not you'll have to do a Nathan buy some and test them out. Nathans having some time off. Because the boss said he's got too many days in lew and holidays owing. The books are fantastic for information and education. Grab one of the E books for almost instant download and incredible reading. I'm sure you will find the answers there. All the best mate

26 Sep 2018
@ 07:04 am (GMT)

Chris Murphy

Re: Hornady ELDX 30 cal 178gr tipped
Hi Robert lease treat the ELDX as a high BC SST performance is similar on game you will just have a little more retained velocity.
I would call the 168 ELD-M (old A-Max) more of an all round bullet in 308 working in close and out long
03 Oct 2018
@ 10:59 pm (GMT)

Robert de Vries

Re: Hornady ELDX 30 cal 178gr tipped
Thanks for the replies. I've been away for a week so didn't get to reply.
The twist rate of the barrel is 1:10 so it's looking positive.
A few weeks ago I purchased the full set of books so will get them back from a friend to have a look at while I was away.
I agree the books represent a great investment to anyone prepared to learn.
Regards Rob
02 Nov 2018
@ 11:58 am (GMT)

Frank Vallich

Re: Hornady ELDX 30 cal 178gr tipped
Purchased the 178 to test on paper as the desire for a premium bullet equated to confidence shooting the larger ungulates, moose and elk. Barnes 168 gr. cartridges provided the accuracy that allowed prior successful engagement. The barrel is just shy of 26 inches with a 1 in 12 twist.

Without an adjustment a 3 shot group of the 178 gr shot 3 inches high and 1 inch to the right of center with an MOA of .4 or less of where the 168s hit at 100 yards. I dialed the scope to center and test fired. Then a three shot group followed allowing the barrel to cool for 5 minutes between shots at day temperature of 2 C. Once again MOA of .4 or less.

Of the original 20 cartridges 13 remain. I've purchased an additional 20 cartridges for testing.

Prior to the Barnes I was firing 168 gr Hornady Z-Max with similar MOA as the 178s.

Will test again in the near future. Rain and sleet today. Cannot shoot prone at the range as laying in a mud hole everyone trudges through is not desirable so all the shots were on an awkward bench over my day bag.
08 Nov 2018
@ 08:57 am (GMT)

Frank Vallich

Re: Hornady ELDX 30 cal 178gr tipped
Downloaded a pdf from Hornady...

Recommended twist rate for the 178 ELDX is 1-12"


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