Hornady 7mm PRC Precision Hunter: Modern Magnum

Mention of magnum loads tends to conjure up images of Elmer Keith and belted magnums, but as technology advances, cartridges change. Hornady’s 7mm PRC Precision Hunter load is designed for stellar performance in the mountains and fields, something it delivers with magnum speeds and fantastic ballistic coefficients. Planning to hit the woods for deer, or the wheat fields for hogs? This load’s for you.

The Hornady 7mm PRC is designed to fill the niche between the 6.5 PRC and the 300 PRC. (Photo credit: Hornady)

Hornady provides details of the magnum cartridge:

Accuracy and terminal performance are the cornerstones of Hornady Precision Hunter factory loaded ammunition. Great care has been given by Hornady engineers to develop superior, match­-accurate hunting loads that allow the ELD­-X bullet to achieve its maximum ballistic potential.

Propellants used in the Precision Hunter ammunition line are clean burning and loaded to uniform capacity for consistent shot to shot results regardless of temperature. This attention to detail provides the highest levels of accuracy and performance uniformity for the most demanding and diverse hunting situations.

7mm PRC ammo for hunting
Hornady Precision Hunter 7mm PRC Ammo 175gr ELD-X in a 20-round box is specifically made for hunters. (Photo credit: Gun Mag Warehouse)

Features of the 7mm PRC include:

  • Long-action centerfire rifle cartridge.
  • Long, heavy for caliber bullets with a standard long action delivery.
  • Temperature-stable, magnum speed propellants for consistent velocity and longer barrel life.
  • Factory rifles available or simply swap your barrel on you 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag


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7mm PRC is available in a variety of loads. (Photo credit: Hornady)

The cartridge is actually offered in three different loads:

  • 7mm PRC 160 gr CX Outfitter
  • 7mm PRC 180 gr ELD Match
  • 7mm PRC 175 gr ELD-X Precision Hunter

Reloading components are also available, including:

  • 86404: 7mm PRC Brass Cases
  • 390545: Shell Holder #5
  • 392605: Shell Plate #5
  • B7MMP: 7mm PRC Modified Case
  • 380723: 7mm PRC (.284) Cartridge Gauge
  • 546313: 7mm PRC (.284) Die Set
  • 046306: 7mm PRC (.284) Full Length Die
  • 544319: 7mm PRC (.284) Match Grade Die Set
  • 046324: 7mm PRC (.284) Match™ Grade Full Length Die
A cartridge with magnum performance designed for long-barreled rifles? Yes, please. (Photo credit: Hornady)

This cartridge is fantastic for precision shooters and hunters alike. Hornady offers loads that cater to those uses and more. The 7mm PRC is a fascinating cartridge for many reasons, including the fact it’s not a belted magnum. This cartridge is great for medium to large game, meaning you can use it on anything from coyotes, hogs, whitetail deer, or elk. An all-purpose rifle you can use for a broad variety of game is an amazing thing. Sure, it’s nice to have task-specific rifles, but it’s also good to have a single gun to do it all.


  • Cartridge: 7mm PRC
  • Bullet: 175 grain ELD-X
  • Product: Precision Hunter
  • Sectional Density: .310
  • Ballistic Coefficient: .689 (GI); .347 (G7)
  • Minimum recommended twist rate: 1 in 8
  • Application: Medium game (50 to 300 pounds) or large game (300 to 1500 pounds)

What do you think? Will the Hornady 7mm PRC Precision Hunter be part of your hunting gear next time you head out?