Hornady Grows the ELD-X & ELD Match while Trimming the A-MAX


As Hornady continues to slowly grow their offerings of the ELD-X and ELD Match they are trimming down the A-MAX. The A-MAX for many years proved to be a great bullet for reloaders. Where the A-MAX may have fell short over time is in its polymer tip. Both the ELD-X (Extremely Low Drag – eXpanding) and ELD (Extremely Low Drag) Match employ what Hornady calls a “Heat Shield Tip.” It is meant to resist deforming, or basically melting, while in flight. The A-MAX is a good bullet in its own right, but does not have this new technology.

With the ELD-X and ELD Match growing in popularity the A-MAX is slowly and silently being phased out.

What we have to go off of as consumers is not a very scientific method, but bare with me. Every year Hornady produces a complete listing of their bullets in a poster and product catalog. The evolution of their product offerings and what is no longer available is pretty apparent if you compare 2016 to 2017.


  • 2016 – 11 Bullets (.22 Cal to .50 Cal)
  • 2017 – 3 Bullets (.30 Cal to .50 Cal)

Hornady 2017 – A-MAX



  • 2016 – 7 Bullets (6.5mm to .30 Cal)
  • 2017 – 9 Bullets (6.5mm to .30 Cal)

Hornady 2017 – ELD-X


ELD Match

  • 2016 – 4 Bullets (6.5mm to .338 Cal)
  • 2017 – 19 Bullets (.22 Cal to .338 Cal)

Hornady 2017 – ELD Match


As you can see by the declining numbers of the A-MAX and the aggressive expansion of the ELD Match, the Extremely Low Drag line of bullets is the way of the future for Hornady. Look for a lot more to pop up in these lines in the years to come.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Blake

    Awesome stuff. Good to see Hornady finally giving Berger a run for their money.

    That 6.5mm 147gr should be amazing in any rifle that’ll take its OAL & twist rate.

    • Vitor Roma

      I was about to comment that, crazy BC. That .338 also has my respect, specially since its below 300gr. I’ve read that the Lapua case isn’t optmized as the Norma case for 300gr bullets.

  • Sasquatch

    Gotta love Hornady.

  • Oldtrader3

    Pretty please! A .257 ELD-X bullet would be most appreciated? All of we shooter’s who regularly use the .257 Roberts and/or the .25-06 would be most grateful to have an ELD bullet in .257? Could you please accommodate us?

  • George Smythson

    Couple of editorial points: “Where the A-MAX may have fell short…”–have fallen…; and my favorite: “…but bare with me.” — uh, not on the first date… bear with me…

  • Adam D.

    What’s the deal with that 80 gr .22 bullet? Can you load a .223 Rem/ 5.56 NATO that heavy? Or is it for another .224 diameter cartridge?

    Also, what’s that 225 gr. .30 cal for? 30-06, or subsonic rounds for .308?

    • Corwin Bos

      You can shoot the 80s from an AR, but you have to single load them. 77gr TMKs are the longest bullets Ive ever run thru my AR. They are just touching the front of my Lancer mags so 2.260 OAL or just a hair over?

      225 gr 30 cal bullets? Sub sonic 300 BO, 30-06, 300 Win Mag. Not sure Id try those in my 308.

    • ORCON

      225 gr 30 cals are usable in 308 or 30-06 platforms but would probaby be better suited to high powder capacity cases like 30-338 WBY or the 300 RUM. Though if you look at F-Class shooters you will find many that shoot the heaviest bullets any given caliber will allow.

    • G

      The 225 gr ELD Match will work great with magnum cartridges such as 300 Norma Magnum, 30 Nosler and 30-375 Ruger (a.k.a. 300 Accuracy International).

    • No one

      In practice I know of bullets as heavy as 90gr in .224 caliber, however I’ve only ever seen these used in bolt actions. (Berger for example manufactures the 90gr, they also made an experimental 103gr powdered Tungsten round but, this would’ve required a twist rate of 1-6″ or lower so it was canned.)

  • Corwin Bos

    Id like a .224 65gr Hornady SST please, or maybe an ELD-X for hunting. Please? Be great for a defense round as well.

  • Treyh007

    So I’m assuming the ELD would be a hunting type bullet while the ELD-X is more of a match target type? Anybody?