New from Hornady: A-Tip Match bullets, for maximum accuracy and consistency

Hornady Ballistic Development Group used Doppler radars, high-speed cameras and other high-tech equipment to develop the A-Tip bullets.

Hornady has proudly announced what the US Company describes as  “the ultimate low drag, high performance match bullet”: the A-Tip Match. The new product, that also marks Hornady's 70th anniversary, was developed by the highly specialized "Ballistic Development Group" (BDG) – the company's own own small ‘skunkworks’ division – after years of research. The distinctive feature of the new bullet is the precision-machined aluminum tip (that's what the “A” in the name stands for). The tip is longer than polymer tips which moves the center of gravity, so enhancing inflight stability.  According to the manufacturer, combined with advanced manufacturing processes and quality control measures this aeroballistically advanced design results in fact in tighter groups and reduced drag variability.

As Joe Thielen, Assistant Director of Engineering, explained: "We wanted to incorporate aluminum tips in a full line of match bullets for years because we can make longer tips than we can with polymer materials. This longer tip is a key component that helps move the center of gravity of the bullet rearward, thus enhancing in-flight stability and reducing dispersion. The problem has always been the cost to produce a tip like this, but we’ve developed a cost-effective process for manufacturing these aluminum tips while staying affordable for serious match shooters."

You can see a product intro video here:

Hornady A-Tip, longer and more accurate

Packaging of the HORNADY A-TIP projectiles.
Production includes the three most popular caliber groups in five bullet weights. Here, the 6.5mm version with 135 grains heavy A-Tip bullet.

The longer aluminum tips are machined to be caliber-specific, and when coupled with highly refined AMP bullet jackets, aggressive profiles and optimized boattails, the result is enhanced drag efficiency (high BC) across the board. Moreover, each bullet design is carefully crafted for minimal drag variability to maximize accuracy and consistency.

The Doppler radar-verified low drag coefficient also means that bullets are forgiving of twist rate, seating depth and muzzle velocity. In Thielen's words: “We designed the A-Tip projectiles with accuracy and precision first and foremost. Many low-drag bullets on the market today have very aggressive secant ogives, which look great on paper and yield high BCs, but usually these types of projectiles are very finicky when it comes to accuracy or performance in different chambers, standard twist rates, seating depths and barrels.” 

During the manufacturing process the bullets are sequentially packaged “right off the press” without being batch handled or tumbled, ensuring that each bullet in the box is a clone of the bullet before it and after it. Handling is minimal too. A-Tip bullets will be available in 100-count boxes, and retailers will also sell sleeves of five sequential 100-count boxes packaged together, as well as a case pack of two 500-count sleeves for a total of 1,000 sequentially packed bullets. Since the bullets will not be touched or tumbled, there will be some slight oil residue, so a bullet polishing bag will be included with each 100-count box for the hand loader to use in preparing bullets for loading.

Polishing bag and bullets packaging of HORNADY A-TIP.
The A-Tip bullets are shipped with a polishing bag, so that hand-reloaders can remove the thin oil film before further processing in the loading press.
Bullets with HORNADY A-TIP match level in a loading press.
During the manufacturing process the bullets are sequentially packaged “right off the press” without being batch handled or tumbled, ensuring that each bullet in the box is a clone of the bullet before it and after it. 

Initially, Hornady A-Tip bullets will be produced in the following calibers / weights (with added Doppler radar G1 and G7 BC values):

6mm110 Grains.604.304
6.5mm135 Grains.637.321
6.5mm153 Grains.704.355
7.62mm230 Grains.823.414
7.62mm250 Grains.878.442

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At the SHOT Show 2019 Hornady presented a new ammunition line, we also reported about it.

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