[SHOT Show 2020] Rocket Science! NEW Hornady A-Tip is Ready for Launch
Adam Scepaniak 02.08.20
When reloaders make playful jokes about their craft being akin to rocket science, with the New Hornady A-Tip, they are not entirely lying with statements like that. The Hornady A-Tip is on a whole new level in terms of handloading projectiles, and that has been confirmed outside of Hornady. The Precision Rifle Series (PRS) has named the Hornady A-Tip bullet as the Official Bullet of PRS shooting.
With all this buzz surrounding Hornady’s newest bullet, of course, while out at SHOT Show 2020 we had to go and take a look for ourselves. For some people familiar with the older A-Max projectile (which has now been discontinued), the New A-Tip is not only a derivative of that, but so much more. Hornady goes on to explain in this statement why the A-Tip is not just another bullet.
“Years of research and testing by the Hornady® Ballistic Development Group, combined with advanced manufacturing processes and quality control measures have led to the creation of the ultimate low drag, high performance match bullet.”
There are 12 different calibers and grain weights currently being produced as A-Tip bullets spanning from .22 cal all the way up to .416 cal as well. For all of the different bullets, their grain weights, ballistic coefficients, and other nerdy data, visit Hornady’s website for the complete rundown. Some of the specifications behind the A-Tip, its design, and how it all came to fruition can be read and watched below as presented by Hornady:
- Aluminum tip is precision machined and longer than polymer tips which moves the center of gravity and enhances inflight stability.
- Aeroballistically advanced tip design results in tighter groups and reduced drag variability.
- Perfect blend of ogive, tip length, bearing surface and optimized boattail by caliber.
- Doppler radar verified low drag coefficient (high BC) bullets are forgiving of twist rate, seating depth and muzzle velocity.
- Refined design of the AMP® bullet jacket offers industry leading uniformity and concentricity.
- Right off the press – sequentially packaged, one clone after another for the ultimate in consistent performance.
- Minimal handling throughout the manufacturing process ensures consistency from bullet to bullet.
- Packaged with a polishing bag to prepare bullets for loading (bullets aren’t bulk washed after manufacture).
The only thing that might deter some people from buying this superb long-range bullet is the price-tag. Most of these bullets are coming in 100-count packaging and are retailing in the ballpark of $80 – $100 per box. So, they definitely are not cheap, but would you be willing to buy some if you could hit something from a country mile?… Literally! Let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.