Engel Ballistic Research Selling LE Ammo to Commercial Market

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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/.

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  • George H Hill George H Hill on Dec 09, 2015

    Here's the problem with that wicked looking Expanding Slug. This is what happens when Non-Shotgunners dabble in Shotguns.
    This is seemingly branded as a slug for Tactical use. But it requires a Rifled Bore. Almost all shotguns used for tactical applications are 14" to 20" Smooth Bores.
    Which means the uninitiated shotgunner is going to buy these slugs, thinking they are the cat's meow, and are going to be left wondering why these slugs are innaccurate, keyhole printing failures.
    Had Engel taken these slugs and simple screwed on a cork base or similar and turned it into a Brenneke type slug, this load would indeed be the Bee's Knees.

    • Anomanom Anomanom on Dec 09, 2015

      @George H Hill Check out DDupleks Dupo 28 and Hexolit 32 for rounds with similar effect but designed well for smoothbore guns.

  • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Dec 09, 2015

    I'd like the slug if it was subsonic and intended for short barrels (something like an 8 inch barrel). Otherwise the long barrel length limits how useful it is.

    I think I'd stick to Hexolit 32 for fancy shotgun ammo.