Hornady’s Match line of ammunition is well respected for its consistent accuracy. For 2017, the company announced a rather large expansion of the line to include loads that use the company’s own ELD Match bullets that were introduced last year.
This load uses a 73 grain ELD Match bullet loaded to 2,790 fps at the muzzle. It will be sold in boxes of 20 with a suggested retail price of $27.32.
Not one, but three new 6.5 Creedmoor loads are being introduced for 2017 in the Match line. The first one is using a 108 grain ELD Match bullet loaded to 2,960 fps. It carries a MSRP of $38.60. The second load uses a 120 grain bullet rated at 2,910 fps with a price tag also showing $38.60. The third load uses a heavier 147 grain bullet loaded to 2,695 fps. This one is a bit more expensive than the others at $41.51 for a box of 20.
The 260 Rem got plenty of love from Hornady this year with several new loads. This one is zipping along at 2,840 fps with a 130 grain bullet and makes more than 2,300 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle. Price? $38.60.
One of the most popular rifle cartridges in the US, the .308 Win, gets a pair of new loads in the Match line. Not surprisingly, for one of them, Hornady is using a 168 grain ELD Match bullet. It is loaded to an even 2,700 fps. For this load, Hornady is asking $41.51. The second load goes a little lighter with a 155 grain bullet moving at 2,850 fps. It has the same asking price as the 168 grain load.
300 Win Mag
The heavy hitter of this bunch in a 178 grain 300 Win Mag load. It is moving at a hair under 3,000 fps and carries a suggested retail price of $53.11.
As the name suggests, this line of ammo was developed specifically for deer hunters. This year, Hornady expanded the line by only one cartridge: the 6.5 Creedmoor. The load uses a 129 grain InterLock bullet that is loaded to 2,820 fps (2,277 ft-lbs of energy.) These are sold in boxes of 20 with a MSRP of $29.40.
The American Gunner line is a collection of loads that offer good performance at a reasonable price. To the rifle end of the line, Hornady added a 6.5 Creedmoor loading that uses a 140 gr BTHP bullet. Rated at 2,690 fps, these rounds are sold in 50 round boxes. The suggested retail price for a box is $76.67. Keep in mind that Hornady puts rather large MSRPs on its products. Street prices tend to be much lower.