Many hunters see the value in a hunt with the benefit of quiet – or at least quieter – shots. The combination of suppressor and subsonic ammunition is a fantastic one for hunting. Of course not all subsonic rounds are created equal. If you’re in the market for subsonic ammunition you might be interested in this. Engel Ballistic Research – EBR – is now going to be selling their subsonic and frangible rounds on the commercial market.
EBR has been manufacturing subsonic and frangible rounds for members of law enforcement and the military for some time now. They only recently decided to broaden their marketing horizons. They made their hunting market debut by showing the rounds to members of the media at the annual conference for the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers this fall. According to EBR CEO John Knox, it was a hit – literally. “We had a .300 Win Mag bolt-action rifle shooting our subsonic rounds with a suppressor, and it opened several people’s eyes to the functionality and benefits. The media members didn’t need hearing protection, there was little-to-no recoil, and they were able to accurately place a 220-grain projectile, traveling at 1,000 feet-per-second, on a 100-yard target time and time again. I think it excited a lot of people. Being able to offer an accurate, proven round in conjunction with noise and recoil reduction is something we feel hunters and target shooters will appreciate. EBR’s mission-specific ammunition has a place in the big-game hunting community.”
Knox said the ammunition is military-grade and utilized by shooters around the globe. Engel apparently added the expanding and frangible rounds to their product lineup this past year. Among the rounds being offered is a 475 grain 12 gauge round. The slug expands to 1.4325″ on impact within the first inch of soft tissue penetration. Muzzle velocity is 1250 feet per second and the company lists its accuracy as reliable up to 100 yards.
Other rounds being offered by Engel in the subsonic category – both expanding and not – include .300 BLK, .223 Rem, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, 7.62x39mm, and .44 Magnum. For a complete list visit the company’s website at http://ebrammo.com/.