Engel Ballistic Research for Your Hunting Ammunition Needs

Engel Ballistic Research is a private ammunition manufacturer located in Pimento, Indiana. EBR originally began producing their ammunition in Texas in 1996, but increased demand, as well as a need for better testing facilities, prompted the move to Indiana. With over 25 years of experience in the ammo industry and law enforcement, the EBR teams strives to provide their customers with superior rifle, shotgun and handgun ammunition for hunters, as well as the military, law enforcement, and target shooters.

Engel Ballistic Research produces ammo in numerous subsonic, polymer-cased and specialty ammunition calibers. If you are wondering why you should you choose EBR's ammunition for your next hunting trip, much of EBRs' subsonic and specialty ammo is designed with hunters in mind, to both reduce recoil and report while providing superior expansion and killing power on game.

Subsonic Ammunition

As the name implies, EBR's subsonic ammunition is designed specifically not to break the sound barrier of 1,125 feet per second, eliminating the distinct downrange “crack” of typical hunting ammunition. Testing shows that EBR's 5.56 x 45mm NATO subsonic ammo is the quietest round on the market and begins tumbling within three inches of impacting soft tissue. This produces a gaping wound channel that makes it ideal for use on small game.

EBR recently showcased their hunting rounds to the outdoor media at the annual Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Conference in Minnesota. The day-long shooting event, that was sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, was the first experience many lifetime hunters had with subsonic ammunition.

During the event, EBR's subsonic .300 Win Magnum ammunition was fired from a bolt-action rifle with a suppressor, and it really opened people’s eyes to the ammo's benefits. The report was so mild that members of the media didn’t ever need hearing protection, and with the reduced recoil shooters were able to place the 220-grain projectiles, traveling at 1,000 feet per second, on target at 100 yards time and again. This is just an example of how a proven big-game hunting round with reduced report and recoil is something hunters can appreciate. Current EBR subsonic ammunition in both expanding and non-expanding rounds are available in the following calibers:

  • .300 Blackout
  • .308 Winchester (7.62 NATO)
  • .300 Winchester Magnum
  • 7.62 X 39
  • .44 Magnum

Polymer Cased Ammunition

Polymer cased ammo is quite similar to traditional brass-cased ammunition, but has almost 75 percent of the brass replaced with military-grade polymer, making the ammo 35 percent lighter than brass-cased rounds. Aside from carrying less weight in the field, users will also appreciate the polymer cased rounds ability to act as an insulator, preventing as much heat from being transferred from the fired casing to the chamber and barrel. This will not only keep the rifle cooler to the touch, but shoot more accurately on follow-up shots, and prolong the life of the barrel, especially if hunters are using their pet hunting rifle for target practice. Additionally, polymer cased ammo itself has proven more accurate than bass because the neck of the casing has tighter tolerances than brass, resulting in a more even powder burn.

Specialty Ammunition

Engel Ballistic Research's specialty ammo is designed specifically for hunting large game. EBR has recently introduced a titanic new 2 3/4-inch 12-gauge expanding slug designed especially for hunting big game in states or counties where regulations only allow shotguns. The mammoth 475-grain copper slug is dead accurate up to ranges of 100 yards and unique in its ability to rapidly expand to over 1.4 inches within the first inch of impacting soft tissue, ripping a massive wound channel that results in quick, clean kills. EBR is currently in the research and development stage for other rounds of specialty hunting ammunition.

Why Choose EBR

As hunters themselves, the minds behind Engel Ballistic Research realize the value in having a versatile subsonic ammo that doesn't sacrifice on stopping power. Overall, for hunters looking for ammunition that offers increased performance on soft-skinned game that also produces less kick and game-spooking noise that traditional hunting rounds, EBR's line of specialty ammo is hard to beat. If you are a serious hunter, having ammo specifically designed to maximize hunting performance should be all the reason you need to choose EBR's ammunition for your next hunting trip.