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Reviews and comments written for the Hornady Z-Max bullet.
Here I go again. I just finished my 223 55gr Z-max review, now for my .204. I bought a 500 round box of 32gr 20cal bullets for my ruger .204. I'm running them through my T/C Prohunter 28" barrel. Hornady brass, federal match primer, RE 10x powder. I don't have the rest of my recipe with me, I'm at work. I'll post it later. I loved the performance of the V-max 32gr bullets. I again got the same performance with the Z-max 32gr bullets. I don't have the powder charge, but they crossed the chrony at 4100fps. My T/C isn't a match grade barrel by any means, but I'm shooting clover groups with a 20cal bullet! I haven't done much varmint hunting lately, but through the scope, the black cloud of crow feathers is visible before you realize you pulled the trigger!
Submitted by: Bert
Date: 4/30/2012
Rifle used: T/C Prohunter 28" barrel
Caliber: Ruger 204
Hunting performance: 6 Accuracy performance: 6
Rating is from 1-6, where 6 is best.
I've read all the complaints against hornady for their new marketing campaign, Zombie Apocalypse. But, I just had to buy some for my AR. I ordered a 500 round box of 55gr Z-Max. Ballistically, they seem to perform close to the 55gr V-max, but have a yellow tip and a cannelure. Recipe: remington brass, Federal match primer, 24.5gr Alliant 10x, 2.250 COL, Lee crimp. They crossed the chrony at 3150 average. They grouped 0.390 at 100yds. Initially I used CCI primers, but they showed a little stress at the cup. The primers were flat and a few were bulging. I changed to the Federal Gold Match and haven't seen any problems. The price tag was a little cheaper than Hornady V-max, only $65 from MidwayUSA. All in all, I'm very pleased with their performance, both at the range and their explosive varmint destruction. I also bought some for my .204, I'll review them in a minute.
Submitted by: Bert
Date: 4/30/2012
Rifle used: RRA AR15, 1:9 Barrel
Caliber: .223
Hunting performance: 6 Accuracy performance: 6
Rating is from 1-6, where 6 is best.
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