200 gr. Eldx

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  1. RCHunter

    RCHunter Member

    Dec 25, 2018
    I used the 200 ELD-X in my 300 WM for a cow elk hunt. Took a cow at 225 yards through the chest. JBM Ballistics said my bullet was at 2660 fps at that range. Bullet core separated from jacket. I called Hornady to discuss what I consider a bullet failure. They said I exceeded "maximum impact velocity" for the bullet. Remember, their advertisements show bullet expansion at 2660 fps! So I asked what "maximum impact velocity" would be for the 200 gr ELD-X, and they told me 2300 fps! When I asked if I was supposed to let everything walk out to 400 yards before I pulled the trigger, their response was that "for close-up shots, I should use the GMX!" I switched to a bonded bullet and never looked back! Used the bonded bullets with predictable success on 6 plains game animals in South Africa and 5 more in New Zealand. Hornady would have a great bullet, if they used a better method to keep their cores from flowing out of the jacket!
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  2. TMill308

    TMill308 Member

    Nov 2, 2015
    300 WM/ older model A Bolt that I inherited. It has a 26 inch skinny barrel, that was brutal to shoot. After a conference with a couple of muzzle brake gurus who thought the barrel was too thin to thread, I put a clamp on Witt brake on it and it made a world of difference. Worked up to 77 grains of H1000 with the 200 ELDX and it shoots very well. My son has a 300 WBY that didnt like the 200 ELDX, but loves the 215 Berger with RE-25, go figure.
  3. Joefrazell

    Joefrazell Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2017
    Well I went out and shot 2 more shots of 70.5 gr. One hole group in the same poi as the last group. Shot 71.5. Shot good and 71.7. They both shot pretty good but 70.5 seems to be the better node. It's time for more powder so I'll figure out the velocity that 70.5 is and then dial in that velocity with a new jug of powder. Really hoping this load works out!
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  4. Vol1975

    Vol1975 Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2017

    Have same gun with same results. Only problem is kicks like a mule. Lord that tikka is lite.

    Backed down to 150& 165 gr with reloader 19 with nosler partion. 3/4 moa at 100 and shoots a 3 inch group very consistent at 300yards. Worked good out to 500 and recoil is much better.