Best Long Range Cartridges

When choosing the best long range cartridges for your next trip, remember that long range shooting requires a cartridge with a reasonably flat trajectory and significant downrange energy. Also consider how long the range could be because depending on the terrain, long range could be anywhere from X yards to Y yards. The selection below would work great for any distances within that range. Here is a selection of some of our Customers' favorite long range loads, in classic cartridges like the 300 Winchester Mag and new standouts like the 224 Valkyrie.

1 Hornady Precision Hunter Ammunition 6.5 Creedmoor 143 Grain ELD-X Box of 20

Hornady Precision Hunter Ammunition 6.5 Creedmoor 143 Grain ELD-X Box of 20

Loaded with the most advanced all-range hunting bullet available, Precision Hunter Ammunition sets a new standard of accurate, deadly and dependable hunting performance. Your trophy has never been closer– even if it’s far away! Featuring the radically superior ELD-X bullet with patented Heat Shield tip, Precision Hunter will soon be the “go-to” load for ANY hunting situation because of its effective terminal performance at ALL practical ranges.

 

The Heat Shield tip of the Hornady ELD-X bullet defies the effects of aerodynamic heating and retains its shape to provide a perfect meplat (tip) that is always the same shape. A streamlined secant ogive with optimum boattail design, plus the highly concentric AMP copper bullet jackets, combined with the patent pending Heat Shield tip creates a supremely accurate, high BC match bullet. ELD-Match bullet BCs are measured with Doppler radar and corrected to standard atmospheric conditions. With high velocity, 0-400 yard impact, the bullet continually expands throughout its penetration path. The thick shank of the jacket and high Interlock ring keep the core and lead jacket together providing 50-60% weight retention. Upon low velocity, 400+ yard impacts, the Heat Shield tip drives backward into the bullet to initiate expansion. Exhibiting conventional expansion with a large mushroom and 85-90% retained weight the bullet provides deep penetration and large wound cavities.  This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

Features

  • Heat Shield Tip forms the perfect meplat
  • No tip deformation from aerodynamic heating
  • Match accurate hunting bullet
  • Devastating terminal performance at all ranges



What Customers Are Saying

Extreme Ammo

The 6.5 creedmoor eld-x was my go to ammo this hunting season. My first elk was a big bodied bull elk at 535 yards. He took five steps. The eld-x completely destroyed his heart and still exited. The second elk was a cow elk my son shot at 735 yards through the lungs. The bullet left the animals with a two inch hole. This elk tumbled down a steep mountain. The eld-x had the exact same performance on the third elk at 220 yards. The final animal was a mule deer buck at 170 yards and he literally flipped over and landed in his back like a dog getting his belly rubbed. I shoot this ammo out to 840 yards at the range and it is a gong ringer. In the field it is a animal stopper.
- Greg, 12/21/2016

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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2 Nosler Trophy Grade Ammunition 28 Nosler 175 Grain AccuBond Long Range Box of 20

Nosler Trophy Grade Ammunition 28 Nosler 175 Grain AccuBond Long Range Box of 20

Nosler Trophy Grade ammunition is high quality, production-run ammunition manufactured to strict tolerances and inspected as it is hand-packaged. Trophy Grade features Nosler Custom brass and the dependable, high performing bullets you know and trust.

Loaded with Nosler's AccuBond bonded core bullet. Through a proprietary bonding process that eliminates voids in the bullet core, AccuBond marries Nosler's traditional copper-alloy jacket with its special lead-alloy core. The result is a bullet that flies true, penetrates deep, retains its weight and won't cause extensive barrel fouling, plus it retains 60-70% of its weight. The white polymer tip helps protect against deformation while initiating expansion upon impact.  

 

What Customers Are Saying

What a surprise

I bought a box of these and a box of the 160 grain accubond and when I shot them side by side the point of impact at 50 yards after sight in was identical. The recoil was pleasant with both bullets. The only negative I could find was that the pricing structure with brass and loaded rounds seems a little out of sorts. Great product would buy them again if given the opportunity.
- Bdog35, 6/10/2016

About Nosler

At Nosler, excellence is not negotiable. We’ll never sacrifice quality for cost. We don’t cater to every trend & we aren’t everything to everyone. We know who we are & being true to yourself allows you to become the best at what you do. For us, that’s building the most innovative, most accurate – and most effective – bullets & ammunition in the industry. By a longshot. Nosler’s products lead the pack, because they’re built with equal parts ingenuity & integrity, passion & precision, consistency & confidence. The truth is, we owe it to you. Trophies, victories, lives – there’s too much at stake for second thoughts or second changes. You won’t settle, & neither will we.

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3 Hornady Precision Hunter Ammunition 6.5 PRC 143 Grain ELD-X Box of 20

Hornady Precision Hunter Ammunition 6.5 PRC 143 Grain ELD-X Box of 20

Loaded with the most advanced all-range hunting bullet available, Precision Hunter Ammunition sets a new standard of accurate, deadly and dependable hunting performance. Your trophy has never been closer– even if it’s far away! Featuring the radically superior ELD-X bullet with patented Heat Shield tip, Precision Hunter will soon be the “go-to” load for ANY hunting situation because of its effective terminal performance at ALL practical ranges.

 

The Heat Shield tip of the Hornady ELD-X bullet defies the effects of aerodynamic heating and retains its shape to provide a perfect meplat (tip) that is always the same shape. A streamlined secant ogive with optimum boattail design, plus the highly concentric AMP bullet jackets, combined with the patent pending Heat Shield tip creates a supremely accurate, high BC match bullet. ELD-Match bullet BCs are measured with Doppler radar and corrected to standard atmospheric conditions. With high velocity, 0-400 yard impact, the bullet continually expands throughout its penetration path. The thick shank of the jacket and high Interlock ring keep the core and jacket together providing 50-60% weight retention. Upon low velocity, 400+ yard impacts, the Heat Shield tip drives backward into the bullet to initiate expansion. Exhibiting conventional expansion with a large mushroom and 85-90% retained weight the bullet provides deep penetration and large wound cavities.  This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

Features

  • Heat Shield Tip forms the perfect meplat
  • No tip deformation from aerodynamic heating
  • Match accurate hunting bullet
  • Devastating terminal performance at all ranges

What Customers Are Saying

Flatest trajectory cartridge Ive ever used.

With 50 years plus shooting experience I consider myself to be a pretty good judge of the most popular calibers used today. I try about every new cartridge manufactured in .223,.556, 30-06,.308, and 6.5 Creedmore.The name is a fair assessment of the cartridge, "Precision Rifle Cartridge". In testing I was limited to a 400 yard maximum range however it was noticable I had reduced hold over and held the flatest trajectory of any cartridge Ive tried.
- " NOEL", 12/11/2018

About Hornady

“Ten bullets through one hole” is the philosophy that brought Hornady® Manufacturing from a two-man operation in 1949, to a world-leading innovator of bullet, ammunition, reloading tool and accessory design and manufacture today. Change is their constant and daily challenge. They outperform their competitors by ensuring the products they make are the ones their customers need right now, and accurately predict what they’ll want in the future. They recognize trends, and respect when to leave well enough alone. Their workforce includes an ample number of hunters and competitive shooters, as well as veterans and former law enforcement officers. At Hornady® Manufacturing, ammunition is more than their livelihood. It’s a major part of their daily life.

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4 Berger Match Grade Ammunition 300 Winchester Magnum 215 Grain Hybrid Target Box of 20

Berger Match Grade Ammunition 300 Winchester Magnum 215 Grain Hybrid Target Box of 20

Berger Ammunition provides the most demanding hunter, competitive shooter and Mil/LE warfighter a precision-built performance product that is unequaled in today’s premium ammunition market. Each cartridge is assembled with the world’s finest components to exacting tolerances, purposefully dimensioned to maximize the results of your favorite shooting discipline. Berger Ammunition is a direct result of serious accuracy enthusiasts insisting upon its development to accomplish their end goal; acquire Match Grade ammunition that meets the rigorous specifications and performance demands of precision handloads – “off the shelf.”

 

Berger Ammunition is the standard which all other ammunition manufacturers aspire to achieve. Its uncompromising quality is the answer to instill the confidence you deserve while in the field or on the firing line. Gear up for your next range session with Berger Match Grade Ammunition and experience the difference. The world’s top range competitors win with Berger products more than any other major manufacturer. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.

 

Berger Hybrid bullets are designed to achieve extreme accuracy for competitive and recreational target shooters. Berger Hybrid bullets combine a tangent ogive with a secant ogive to produce the highest possible BC with the least sensitivity to seating depth. This allows the shooter to take advantage of the best of both designs.

 

*This ammunition is for single-load use only and for competitive shooting applications.  It will not function through a factory rifle magazine. The overall length is extended to improve accuracy with aftermarket target rifles that do not utilize a box magazine.

 

Features

  • Assembled using match grade bullets, the first choice of long range shooting enthusiasts
  • Premium cartridge cases offer the highest quality materials and tightest dimensional specifications
  • Select powders, which are world renowned for extreme temperature stability, lot to lot consistency and clean burning characteristics

 

What Customers Are Saying

Works well in Christensen ridgeline

So i bought a christensen arm ridgeline in 300 Win Mag 26 in barrel and new i wanted to shoot 215 bergers. I had originally wanted to try the ABM ammo but they were bought out by Berger so i waited till they came out with their ammo. I don't have a box of ABM to compare but this stuff shoots fantastic. I handloaded 215 berger and still do but this beats my handloads. First 3 shots were .337 grouping and with the magnetospeed i averaged the next 5 for 2885 with an SD of 11. Really impressed. base to ogive if people want to know seemed to be 2.820 on my guage. Really shot well out of Ridgeline and fit easily into the mag box with room. Great stuff.
- Sean, 9/4/2018 Shop Now
5 Federal Premium Gold Medal Ammunition 224 Valkyrie 90 Grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail

Federal Premium Gold Medal Ammunition 224 Valkyrie 90 Grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail

Federal Premium has drawn from its 95 years of ammunition manufacturing excellence to develop a cartridge that transforms the MSR 15 platform, unleashes shooters’ long-range potential and shatters the boundaries of ballistic performance. The 224 Valkyrie provides extremely flat trajectories and match accuracy beyond 1,300 yards. The cartridge offers significantly less wind drift and drop than other loads in its class, as well as less than half the recoil of cartridges with comparable ballistics. Loaded in an unmatched array of high-performance projectiles, 224 Valkyrie is a great choice for both long-range target shooters and hunters.

These extraordinary loads combine the legendary Sierra MatchKing bullet with Federal's proven quality standards and stringent manufacturing controls to create a round that is as accurate as a match load, but available from the factory.

Sierra MatchKing bullets have very thin jackets and are held to exacting tolerances in diameter and weight. Their accuracy has been acclaimed worldwide and they have been used to win more target competitions than all target bullets from other manufacturers combined. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer-primed, reloadable brass cases.

Features

  • Produces the least wind drift and drop in its class
  • Supersonic past 1,300 yards
  • Significantly less recoil than other cartridges with comparable ballistics
  • Loaded with high-performance bullets
  • Better ballistic performance than any other AR-15 cartridge
  • Superb accuracy and extreme long-range performance in bolt-action rifles

What Customers Are Saying

less than 3/4 inch groups at a 100 yards!

I have shot a few hundred rounds and all I can say is this ammo and this caliber is great! Completely reliable and accurate. test gun was a AR-15 with a 24" barrel. I am not the best shot in the world, having said that this round makes distance shooting easy!
- Average guy, 12/16/2017 Shop Now