We’ve been running a series of ammunition consistency tests for years here at TTAG, and the results have been surprising. There are some runaway winners, but for the most part everyone (even the “premium” brands) seems to be clustered around the same level of consistency. It’s a state of affairs that one new company is hoping to change in the United States, and they are making some big claims about their accuracy — a 1/2 MoA guarantee with each box. It’s something we’ve been invited to witness in person, and we’ll be reporting on it as soon as we see those results for ourselves. In the meantime, here’s their press release . . .
Long range and precision shooting are incredibly difficult skills to master. Whether a shooter is trying to hit a target 1,000+ yards away or shoot dime size groups at 100 yards, it takes training, lots of practice, quality equipment and in all honesty, a little bit of raw talent. Today, Eagle Eye Precision Ammunition is making the task a little bit easier and setting the new standard for what commercial off the shelf match ammunition. By guaranteeing every lot is factory tested to 1⁄2 minute of angle or better, Eagle Eye Precision Ammunition is forcing shooters around the world to rethink their views on what factory ammunition is capable of.
In the past, we as shooters had no option except to hand load ammunition if we wanted to consistentlyobtain 1⁄2 minute of angle precision. We can all recall countless hours spent checking case dimensions, weighing powder charges on the scale down to 1/10th of a grain, separating bullets by weight, cleaning flash holes and more in order to achieve 1⁄2 minute of angle groupings while avoiding the inherent variation and lot to lot inconsistencies of traditional mass production ammunition.
There are an ever increasing number of factory rifles and custom gunsmiths producing 1⁄2 MOA guns. Unfortunately, in today’s market, when purchasing ammunition, it is far from a foregone conclusion that a regular box of ammunition labeled ‘match grade’ can even shoot 1⁄2 MOA groups. Simply loading a cartridge with a hollow point boat tail bullet does not automatically guarantee match grade or 1⁄2 MOA performance. While the outright 1⁄2 minute of angle or better accuracy of Eagle Eye Precision Ammunition as tested in real rifles (not test barrels bolted to a bench) is noteworthy in its own right, the truly exceptional aspect is the astounding consistency with which the feat is accomplished. After all, achieving 1⁄2 MOA from hand loads lot after lot requires meticulous and painstaking attention to detail.
When asked about the lot to lot consistency, Holger Kamin, MBA, CMO at Eagle Eye Precision and former Lapua executive replies, “why would you accept anything less?” Holger explains, “If I go to any store in the country and buy a can of Coke it tastes the same every time or if I pick up any iPhone it performs the same as every other one. I don’t have to worry about getting a bad can of coke or one iPhone being slower than the one in the box behind it. Shooters should not have to worry about one lot of ammunition shooting different from the next. With Eagle Eye Precision ammunition, shooters can pick up a box of our match on any shelf in any store and know it can shoot 1⁄2 minute of angle or better. Consistency is Accuracy”.
Obtaining the Eagle Eye Precision levels of consistency is the result of attention to detail, modern manufacturing processes & quality systems combined with the best raw materials. For example, unlike most other manufacturers who start the case manufacturing process with pre-made brass cups, Eagle Eye Precision cases start life in the factory as individual brass discs. The brass discs are made from the highest quality CuZn28 brass that is specifically screened for even the faintest traces of impurities including tin and bismuth which could lead to microscopic bubbling/warping during manufacturing or contribute to cracking after only a few reloads. The cases undergo a proprietary heat treating process to further enhance the homogeneity of the brass above and beyond the typical annealing done by others. This means that Eagle Eye Precision cases can often be reloaded 10+ times.
For cartridges in the ‘match grade’ category, precision and accuracy results are usually the end of the story. However, Eagle Eye Precision is taking things a step further. Match bullets have traditionally used very soft and thin jackets because they are easy to work with and make obtaining tight concentricity tolerances easier. While the tighter concentricity tolerances improve accuracy, the downside to thin jackets is poor terminal ballistics upon impact compared to hunting bullets tend to favor much thicker jackets for better expansion and weigh retention upon impact. Conversely, because of advanced manufacturing processes the Eagle Eye Precision 175gr HPBT bullet makes use of a thicker than usual jacket and a wider meplat which provides significantly improved terminal ballistic properties when compared to conventional match bullets. These additional design features serve to expand the versatility of the bullet far beyond simply punching holes in paper.
The unprecedented levels of precision, consistency and innovative thinking have helped attract some of the world’s best shooters including as US Palma Team Member Kelly Bachand and Glenn Dubis, a US Army Marksmanship Unit Hall of Famer who has set 5 world records to the Eagle Eye Precision Shooting Team.
For many of us who are not a Kelly backhand or Glenn Dubis, having the tools to shoot help us shoot dime sized group at 100 yards is quite the dream setup. However, Justin Brown, PhD, the CEO of Eagle Eye Precision Ammunition explains, “If you measure a US dime you will discover its actually about 0.7 inches in diameter. 1⁄2 minute of angle at 100 yards equates to approximately 0.5 inches. This means that every lot of Eagle Eye Precision Ammunition is required to be able to shoot a group nearly 30% smaller than the size a US dime at 100 yards in order to pass inspection and be cleared for shipping to customers”.
This consistent level of exceptionally high performance is why many experts are beginning to consider Eagle Eye Precision the new gold standard in precision match ammunition.