LRS 168gr ELD-M – Test Results

Manufacturer: LRS Precision
Ammo Test: 308 168gr Match

Date Fired: 13 April 2018
Time Test Began: 1149
Range: Deer Creek Shooting Complex
Wind: 4-7 MPH
Temperature: 42° F
Elevation: 3200′ ASL
Lot Number: ?

Factory Velocity: ? fps
Product Number: 168gr ELD-M
Purchase Price: $28.55
Bullet Used: Hornady 168gr ELD-M (Extremely Low Drag – Match)
Ballistic Coefficient: .523 (G1)

Our Notes: LRS Precision does small scale production runs per a customer order. They indicate that they load their ammo to tolerances that cannot be matched by the big ammo makers and our standard deviations and extreme spreads were not bad, though not as good as some ammo makers. Unfortunately the accuracy out of both rifles was not very good which was a bit puzzling. We wonder if this is a consequence of the bit more aggressive ogive profile of the Hornady ELD-M bullet. The very sharp bullets with small amounts of curve in the bullet shape allow for a large gap before the bullets actually hit the lands and groves of the barrel and this typically hurts accuracy. We are not sure, but that may be the case here. This is one of those things where people sometimes sacrifice accuracy for the perceived almighty ballistic coefficient. We’ll have to do more tests to verify, but our rifles did not like this LRS load.

Remington 700 SPS-V/P Test Results
Average Velocity Standard Deviation Extreme Spread Accuracy w/flyers Accuracy no flyers Best Group
2623 fps 15.27 48 1.517″ 1.517″ 1.239″
  • Really good SD and decent ES
  • LRS Does not specify a velocity for their loads, loaded to customer spec
  • Groups were consistent, just not very good

 

Tactical Operations Bravo-51 Test Results
Average Velocity Standard Deviation Extreme Spread Accuracy w/flyers Accuracy no flyers Best Group
2629 fps 19.83 61 1.192″ 1.192″ .992″
  • ES and SD were not as good as the factory 700P, that was odd.
  • Accuracy was better than 700P, but still not good
  • The plastic box is horrible and not worth using, but probably cheaper than normal box

NOTE: “Accuracy with flyers” includes the raw averages including groups where the shooter called a bad shot before rechecking the placement of that shot. The “average without flyers” is the average group size with those “flyer” groups not added in.