May 06, 2020
By Jake Edmondson
SIG Sauer has added polymer tips to its line of Elite Hunter premium-grade hunting ammunition. Designed to provide devastating expansion and deep penetration, Elite Hunter Tipped ammo delivers fast knockdown and optimal terminal performance at a wide range of distances. The yellow-tipped, lead-alloy, boattail Controlled Expansion Tip (CET) bullets are designed for superior flight characteristics, with the translucent polymer tip improving ballistic coefficient. According to the company, the exclusive concentric, blackened jacket ensures reliable expansion and maximum weight retention.
The Elite Hunter Tipped ammo is offered in .243 Winchester (90 grains), 6mm Creedmoor (100 grains), 6.5 Creedmoor (130 grains), .260 Remington (130 grains), .270 Winchester (140 grains), .308 Winchester (165 grains), .30-06 (165 grains), and .300 Winchester Magnum (180 grains).
I test-fired the .243 Win. and .308 Win. loadings, and they produced velocities of 3,083 fps and 2,812 fps respectively, measured 12 feet from the muzzles of my T/C Dimension barrels. Those figures are just 10 percent less than the factory-rated numbers. Importantly, both loadings produced single-digit standard deviations, and they were very accurate, too. The .243 Win. load averaged 0.98 inch for five, five-shot groups at 100 yards, and the .308 Win. ammo averaged 1.05 inches for five, five-shot groups at 100 yards. Those figures rank right at the top of the heap for the rifle I used to gather the shooting results, which in general is a 1- to 1.5-MOA rifle with factory-loaded ammunition.
This new SIG Sauer ammo utilizes premium nickel-plated cases, custom-formulated propellant and premium-quality primers. The ammunition is produced on state-of-the-art loading equipment with electromechanical monitoring for consistency and geometric conformity in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
MSRP: $36.95 to $51.95 depending on caliber; sigsauer.com.