What You Need To Know About Inceptor Preferred Hunting Ammo

What You Need to Know About Inceptor Preferred Hunting Ammo

If you're looking for high velocity and low recoil ammo for your big bore AR, then Inceptor Preferred Hunting ammo may be theticket.

Some hunters prefer to go with heavier bullets at a slower velocity. Others like to use lighter bullets at a much higher velocity. Each approach has its own strengths and weaknesses, but if you're in the latter group of hunters and are looking for hunting ammo to use in your .45 Colt or large caliber AR, then Inceptor Preferred Hunting Ammo is designed with you in mind.

Firing the radical Inceptor ARX bullet, this ammunition takes a completely different approach than conventional ammunition. First off, instead of using a traditional lead core and copper jacket, the ARX is injection-molded using a proprietary polymer-copper compound. For this reason, ARX bullets are lead-free like the Barnes VOR-TX and Nosler E-Tip lines.

Additionally, Inceptor claims that the ARX is resilient enough to penetrate bone and soft tissue, but breaks apart upon impact with really hard surfaces to reduce the risk of over-penetration and ricochets.

Due to the unique design of the bullet, the ARX has a round nose that the company claims offers exceptional reliability. So, unlike traditional flat point or hollow point bullets, the Inceptor ARX projectile should feed very consistently in a wide variety of firearms, especially the AR platform.

Even though it is not designed to "expand" in the way most hunting bullets are, Inceptor claims that the ARX will still produce devastating wound channels and achieve superior terminal effects. As you can see in the photo above, the Inceptor ARX has several grooves in its nose. According to Inceptor, those grooves cause massive tissue damage via hydraulic displacement when the rapidly spinning bullet impacts a soft target (like a deer or feral hog).

Inceptor Preferred Hunting ammo is currently available in .45 Colt, .450 Bushmaster, .458 SOCOM, and .50 Beowulf.

Those are all larger caliber cartridges that traditionally fire relatively heavy bullets. However, since the Preferred Hunting Line uses ARX is lead free, those bullets are considerably lighter and are fired at a significantly higher velocity than normal loads for the above cartridges.

For instance, the .50 Beowulf commonly fires bullets in the 300-600 grain range and a typical 350 grain load would have a muzzle velocity of around 1,770 feet per second. Compare that to the Inceptor Preferred Hunting .50 Beowulf load of a 200 grain ARX at 2,500 feet per second, and there's obviously a very big difference in their external ballistics.

This means that compared to traditional loads, Inceptor Ammunition has less recoil and an exceptionally flat trajectory.

Now that's all well and good, but what about the terminal performance of the Inceptor Preferred Hunting line? After all, this is marketed as hunting ammo, so the external ballistics are only part of the equation.

Is the Inceptor Preferred Hunting line truly the next-generation of hunting ammunition? Or another passing gimmick? Unfortunately, the jury is still out on those questions right now.

I haven't used this ammo afield myself, so I can't comment on whether or not it lives up to the hype about producing devastating wound channels. However, I'm skeptical about their claims.

In all fairness though, this ammunition is still relatively new, so stay tuned for reports on how it performs in the hands of big game hunters.

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