New SIG Sauer Elite Performance Round

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SIG Sauer was established in 1985 but can actually trace its roots as far back as 1853 to its way-back predecessor, the Swiss Wagon Factory. Today the company is something of a force to be reckoned with and in the last couple years has announced more than a few interesting new products. Among those new offerings was their Elite Performance ammunition line which was launched in 2014. It has proven to be made up of some truly nice and – more importantly – reliable, rounds. They recently announced the addition of the .38 Special, .44 S&W Special, and .45 Colt, among others. But as we say when trying to build anticipation, wait, there’s more.

The newest addition to the SIG Elite Performance Ammunition lineup is the SIG HT .300 BLK Supersonic round. The new round has a 120 grain copper bullet and promises to deliver fantastic energy transfer and the creation of a devastating wound cavity. From a 16″ barrel, expansion is reported at 1.8X, muzzle velocity is reported at 2250 feet per second, and muzzle energy is reported at 1349 foot pounds. This isn’t just any ammo, it’s ammo made for hunting – hunting everything from deer to predators to feral hogs.

The president of SIG Sauer’s Ammunition Division, Dan Powers, had this to say about the new .300 BLK hunting round: “Given the popularity of the 300BLK, we wanted to offer ammunition truly designed for hunting that expands upon impact. The 300BLK is our first offering in this new SIG HT hunting line of premium grade rifle ammunition. The SIG HT 300BLK supersonic hunting round is in addition to our Match Grade subsonic and supersonic 300BLK rounds. In the coming months, we will be introducing a 220gr subsonic 300BLK hunting round in addition to new rifle ammunition in a variety of other calibers.”

The .300 BLK can certainly be a capable hunting round. I’ve watched it zip down-range to do its work on feral hogs and coyotes and some hunters also use it to drop deer. These new SIG Elite Performance Ammunition rounds look promising and I’m looking forward to putting them into not only the requisite stationary targets but also to using them to bring home the bacon, literally.

MSRP not yet listed.

Visit SIG’s site at http://www.sigsauer.com/Ammunition/ for a closer look at their Elite Performance Ammunition.



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    Colour me sceptical on 220gr subsonic hunting rounds… Low bullet weight and low speed is not something I´d trust for hunting (yes, I´d consider 220 gr to be low weight for subsonic). 300-400 gr range is getting there when you are reaching out a bit. Anyone with proper hunting experience with 220g subsonic .300blk?

    • This is a 120gr supersonic loading.

      • Giolli Joker

        I think he referred to this sentence:”In the coming months, we will be introducing a 220gr subsonic 300BLK hunting round in addition to new rifle ammunition in a variety of other calibers”

        A subsonic .300BLK has energy in the range of .45ACP, although with much better trajectory… I see that some manufacturers offered successful hunting options, however I suppose that you need to adapt your hunting strategy accordingly (reducing the maximum range).

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          Indeed. I have had an idea of having built an integrally suppressed rifle, with proper twist for the 220gr blk, but not quite sure if it will fit my need. I don´t wanna go for it if I´m in the end gonna start wounding deers if I stretch the range out to 100-200 meters which is not an uncommon range by far…

          • NDS

            I’d say 100 is max for an ethical subsonic hunt until projectiles get better; see my previous post. I regularly target shoot subsonics at 200 and will even push out to 300 for fun, and the 300blk is capable of good accuracy with the proper setup. The energy on target at those ranges is pretty low, but my biggest concern is the flight time. It seems like an eternity even shooting at 200 yards, and shot placement with these rounds is absolutely critical.

          • Giolli Joker

            The Lehigh 194grs Maximum Expansion looks great, I suppose it’s quite expensive, but have you ever considered it?

          • NDS

            That round is supposedly excellent but is a no-go for me since it doesn’t feed more than 4 rounds from a standard AR magazine. I considered using it but I am interested in developing something for hog hunting where magazine capacity actually matters. For deer it’s probably fine.

            What does rock however is Lehigh’s 78gr CQB round; I haven’t used that on game but some informal gel testing was pretty incredible.

          • Sianmink

            I thought the 200gr had rough feeding, but they redesigned it at 194gr and fixed it.
            Also what magazine you use counts. The GI mags have that rib, but I’ve never heard of any 300 blk, even specialty round feeding issues with Lancer mags. There’s also .300blk specific mags that widen that point for feeding fatties reliably.

          • NDS

            I use the Lancer L5AWM and the Gen2 Pmags, they both are perfect for proper length / ogive .300blk. I’ll pick up a couple boxes of the 194gr to test; just based on looks though I’d be surprised if it loads to capacity.

          • Sianmink

            I chose Lancers because they specifically had been verified by users who had problems with other mags, to take a full load of subsonics without feeding problems.

          • BillC

            I have had zero problems with Lancer 30rd mags and Magpul Gen3 20rd, either subsonic or super sonic (Freedom Munitions 147gr new and reman, Hornady 208gr, Federal subs which I can’t remember but they were cheap, and Sig Match 220gr).

    • NDS

      I’ve done two subsonic 300blk hunts, one with a 208gr Amax and the other a 220gr Sierra BTHP. Both on whitetail deer, under 50 yards. The Amax yawed and had a significant exit wound. The Sierra was more or less a half inch hole. Both were fatal within a few seconds, but poor shot placement would have been easily survivable. I won’t subsonic hunt again until I find a reliable, expanding subsonic bullet available to handload. Factory subsonic ammo, in my experience, is absolute garbage. The Hornady factory 208gr Amax .300 Whisper round chronos in the 850fps-1350fps range; anywhere from weak as hell to definitely not subsonic. They are not alone in this but definitely one of the worst. The .208gr Amax bullet itself is inexpensive and excellent, however.

      My two go-to rounds are the 110gr Barnes TAC-TX and 125gr Nosler Ballistic Tip – there is no comparison to the subsonics as far as terminal effect. I have taken a few animals with these loadings and they are pretty devastating.

      I do love shooting subsonic at distance though. Even 200 yards is a real challenge but .300Blk is an accurate cartridge when loaded properly and can be very rewarding.

      • Sianmink

        Good expanding subsonic for .300blk is hard to find.
        I’m curious about the 194 grain Lehigh maximum expansion bullet, it looks like it could do some damage.

      • BillC

        Finally was able to shoot my suppressed 9.6″ SBR 300 blackout farther than 50 yards last week. I zeroed at 50 yards for 147 grains, corrected on my optic for 250 yards for the 147 grain (for me 3 MRAD elevation correction if I remember correctly) . Pulled out out the SIG subsonic rounds to compare the drop. @ 250 yards it was a 6 MRAD drop (Vortex Viper 1-4x PST) Stupid fun. Pew, wait a second, “Did I miss?” wait another second, PING!

        • NDS

          Awesome!! One of the ranges I shoot at has gravel backstops at 100, 200 and 300 (it’s 7 degrees downhill slope) and shooting 300blk subs suppressed at distance is so great. Pop, wait wait wait and then a nice “crunch” of the gravel backstop. I love it.

  • gunsandrockets

    Look at that ogive! So this is what you can do with a lead-free bullet and the generous bullet length of the .300 BLK. Very interesting.