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Old 03-15-2013, 04:59 PM
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Hornady .308 Bullet Question

OK, I am new to the long range shooting world and am trying to get up to speed on bullets, etc. my custom .308 shoots Hornady 168gr Amax (#8096) rounds the best..I have tried others and they arent as accurate. Here is the question: What, if any, is the difference between Hornady 168gr Amax bullets #8096 and Hornady 168gr Amax TAP bullets #80965. I've been all over the internet trying to figure it out and can't and I dont want to order these other ones without being confident they will shoot as well. Thanks for the help....cb
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:29 PM
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Re: Hornady .308 Bullet Question

TAP=Tactical Application Police
TAP is the manufactured complete round using the 168 A-Max bullet. You are either ordering the bullet or the complete TAP round using the bullet.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:41 PM
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Re: Hornady .308 Bullet Question

If you can, get a hold of the Hornady TAP red box LE 168gr HPBT's. They are THE most accurate factory .308 round I've ever shot. They use Match brass. The regular TAP's are ok, but the reds are phenomenal, in my experience. Still got a few boxes of them in the safe.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:17 PM
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Re: Hornady .308 Bullet Question

thanks guys...I'm gonna find and buy a couple different boxes and then just go back to the range and see if they outperform the ones I am already using... appreciate it. cb
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:18 PM
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Re: Hornady .308 Bullet Question

If anyone cares...... I contacted Hornady and asked the same question. They are the exact same bullet, but the TAP round has a flash suppressing propellant added to it for military/police low light applications. Ballistically they are the same.
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Re: Hornady .308 Bullet Question

Which TAP? Black box civilian, or red box LE? Black box is a ballistic tip (A-Max, I believe), and the red LE stuff is a hollow-point boat-tail. I got a few boxes of the red LE stuff squirreled away, since I can get them cheap @ the local LE distributor.
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OK, ... What, if any, is the difference between Hornady 168gr Amax bullets #8096 and Hornady 168gr Amax TAP bullets #80965....cb
I realize I'm jumping into this thread a little late...

I have several hundred rounds of both Hornady 8096 168gr A-MAX (tan box) and 80965 A-MAX TAP Precision (red box). I also have a hundred or so rounds left of Hornady's 80968 168gr A-MAX FPD (black box). I've fired all of them through my Sig 716 and my Remington 700. The 80968 is currently out of production. Hornady also produces an 80964 "A-MAX Superformance Match" round, though I don't own any of them.

Hornady is big on acronyms. TAP stands for "Tactical Application Police". TAP is marketed to the Law Enforcement and Military markets. FPD is "For Personal Defense". The TAP FPD products are marketed to the civilian market.

All of these rounds use the same Hornady 168gr A-MAX bullet, stock number 80502. This is Hornady's premier match grade, AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Process) bullet. It has a secant ogive profile, a G1 ballistic coefficient of .475 and a sectional density of .253. It is fitted with a red polymer tip, similar in appearance to the Hornady FTX flex tip and the GTX lead free bullet. The A-MAX is copper jacketed, swaged lead core and, like the GTX, the tip is hard red polymer (not flexible, like the FTX).

In comparing these rounds, let's eliminate the 80968 168gr A-MAX FPD first, since it's unavailable currently. This round is, in all respects including ballistic performance, identical to the 8096 168gr A-MAX with the following exception: the cases are silver nickel instead of brass. Of this case, Hornady says "Silver nickel cases eliminate the potential for corrosion, improve feeding in all firearms, and are easily visible in low light conditions."

The 8096 168gr A-MAX is a slightly hotter load than the 80965 A-MAX TAP Precision (though not by much). The 80964 A-MAX Superformance Match round is hotter still (by quite a bit). Here's what Hornady says about the external ballistic performance of the three rounds:

Velocity fps/Energy ftlbs/Trajectory inches

80965 muzzle:2676/2671/-1.5 100yds:2490/2313/2.1 200yds:2312/1994/0 500yds:1822/1238/-49.9
8096/80968 muzzle:2700/2719/-1.5 100yds:2513/2355/2.00 200yds:2333/2030/0 500yds:1839/1261/-48.9
80964 muzzle:2840/3008/-1.5 100yds:2647/2613/1.7 200yds:2462/2261/0 500yds:1951/1420/-43.6

In use, the 8096 168gr A-MAX (and A-MAX FPD 80968) is nearly identical to the 80965 A-MAX TAP Precision. I've been trying to track down some 80964 A-MAX Superformance Match. If I find some I'll add my thoughts here. There may be some quality control difference in the rounds, but in my experience, all have been incredibly accurate and consistent through both my 16" Sig Sauer 716 patrol and my 26" Remington 700 bolt action.

Note that none of these rounds are designed for hunting.
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