First Look: Hornady A-Tip Match Bullets

posted on May 15, 2019

The Hornady Ballistic Development Group (BDG), a specialty research and design group inside, Hornady Manufacturing, has developed the A-Tip bullet, a new line of match bullets designed for precision rifle matches and long-range shooting.

“We are frequently viewed as a very large bullet manufacturer, which in many ways we are, but the Ballistic Development Group runs like its own small ‘skunkworks’ division that allows us to offer the small-batch craftsmanship normally only offered by a boutique bullet maker,” said Jason Hornady, vice president of Hornady. “We’re shooters ourselves, and we also listen to what shooters want, and we are excited to be able to offer competitive and hard-core shooting enthusiasts projectiles that are undoubtedly the new standard bearer of precision and performance.”

By drawing on years of research and experience with existing products like the ELD-X and ELD Match bullet lines, state-of-the-art equipment including Doppler radar, high-speed camera systems, plus investment in advanced manufacturing machinery, processes and quality control measures, the BDG has developed the A-Tip line of match projectiles.

The most noticeable visual feature of the A-Tip bullet is its long, uniform, precision-machined aluminum tip. The longer aluminum tips are caliber-specific, and when they are coupled with Hornady’s AMP bullet jackets an aggressive profile and and optimized boattails, the result is a bullet with a high ballistic coefficient and minimal drag variability, giving shooters unparalleled consistency.

A-Tip bullets will be available in 100-count boxes, 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. As A-Tip bullets will not be touched or tumbled, there will be some slight oil residue on them, so a bullet polishing bag will be included with each 100-count box for the hand loader to use in preparing bullets for loading. Available bullet calibers as of spring 2019 are 6mm (.243-inch), 6.5mm (.264-inch) and .30-caliber (.308). For more information on the A-Tip bullet line, visit


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