Cartridge portrait: RWS Target Elite Plus, factory ammunition in handloader quality – With two videos

The meticulous hand-loading of cartridges, the careful reconditioning and reuse of spent cases with the best loading components require a lot of spare time, of course, and also expertise and experience. Could one really resort to factory cartridges instead? Yes, as long as they are not "mass-produced" with high manufacturing tolerances, but rather designed as a compromise between handloading and small-batch production. Just as with the handloader, the first step at RWS is to find the ideal load, using a loader with various powder types and quantities and many practical tests to determine the "sweet spot" as the perfect combination, for example with regard to the seating depth of the bullets. However, this must then not only fit the special gun of an individual shooter, but must also fit as far as possible into all standard cartridge chamberings of a caliber and, of course, also comply with the CIP specifications – this is the special skill of RWS ballisticians.

RWS has set itself this high standard with its "Target Elite Plus" ammunition series, to which two popular loadings in .223 Remington and in .338 Lapua Magnum have now been added. The new bullet weights (see table below) were deliberately chosen, also at the request of customers, in order to be able to offer a certain range in the same caliber depending on the barrel twist rate and shooting range.

With heavier 9.3 g / 143 gr Scorion bullets, the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 6.5x55 SE loads of the RWS Target Elite Plus are now available.

Now also with 9.3-g bullets: RWS Target Elite Plus in 6.5x55 SE and 6.5 Creedmoor

As of Q2 2022, the product line has been expanded to include the trendy long-range 6.5 X 55 SE and 6.5 Creedmoor calibers with heavy Scorion bullets. The two RWS 6.5 Tartget Elite Plus cartridges in handloading quality, each with 8.4 g and now with 9.3 g bullet weight, embody everything that makes a modern precision cartridge! Carefully matched components enable consistently reliable results at long-range distances of up to 1,200 meters. The extremely stable flight characteristics of the bullet used are a key factor in ensuring target accuracy. The streamlined Scorion hollow-point bullet with tail cone stands for the highest manufacturing standards, a high BC value, optimum concentricity and minimal weight fluctuations. The universal caliber range from .223 Rem. to .338 Lapua Mag. ensures new standards in all areas of precision shooting.

The advantages of RWS Target Elite Plus ammunition at a glance:

  • Highest quality in material and manufacturing
  • Defined accuracy requirement at 300 m of no more than 16.9 to 25 mm standard deviation in test barrels
  • For long-range disciplines at ranges of up to 1,200 meters
  • Big-bore cartridges in handloader quality by the manufacturer
  • Specially manufactured match shells and selected HPBT match bullets
  • Consistent point of impact from batch to batch
  • Engineered for high-end match firearms and suitable twist lengths in the long-range segment 
Profile of the new RWS .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge from the Target Elite Plus series
Profile of the new RWS .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge from the Target Elite Plus series – from the case and primer to the powder charge and the perfectly seated, newly developed match bullet.
RWS Target Elite Plus match ammunition for long-range shooters
RWS Target Elite Plus match ammunition for long-range shooters: the new streamlined hollow point Scorion bullet: an outstanding BC value, maximum accuracy, flat trajectory as well as minimum sensitivity to crosswinds at all ranges up to 1,200 meters.

In addition to a precision rifle including a high-quality scope, special match bullets such as the new Scorion bullet from RWS are the decisive factors for repeatable, precise and accurate hitting at long distances under all conditions. The Scorion bullet is a streamlined hollow point bullet with boat-tail design. Highest manufacturing standards, the "Ballistic Coefficient" (BC) optimized design, a perfect concentricity as well as minimal weight fluctuations guarantee maximum accuracy at all ranges. Incidentally, RWS Scorion bullets are available as reloading components, but also feature in the RWS Target Elite Plus product line.

RWS Target Elite Plus – all available loadings:

(The linked article numbers lead to further info).

Article No.   
Bullet Weight [grams/grains]    
Contents per package [pieces] 
2411633 .223 Rem. 3.4 / 52 20
2411868.223 Rem.
4.5 / 69
2403868 .223 Rem. 5.0 / 77 20
2409762 6.5 Creedmoor 8.4 / 130 20
2409761 6.5 x 55 SE 8.4 / 130 20
2408632 .308 Win. 10.0 / 154 20
2403867 .308 Win. 10.9 / 168 20
2408633 .308 Win. 12.3 / 190 20
2411681 .300 Win. Mag. 11.3 / 175 20
2403866 .300 Win. Mag. 12.3 / 190 20
2411680.338 Lapua Mag. 16.2 / 25020
2405120 .338 Lapua Mag. 19.4 / 300 20
NEW: 2426658
6.5 Creedmoor  9.3 / 14320
NEW: 24266596.5 x 55 SE  9.3 / 143

VIDEO: All basic information on the RWS Target Elite Plus

Here you can find all information about the RWS Target Elite Plus on a separate website.

The RWS Target Elite Plus cartridges can be purchased from specialized dealers. Prices vary with the purchase quantity.

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