Zombie Max Ammo

Zombie Max Ammo

Hornady might not have created the zombie craze with shooters, but they’re certainly making a killing from it.

In 2011 Hornady released Zombie Max ammo as a marketing joke, but that joke has been very profitable. The original line consisted of 9mm, .45, and .223. It has since added .38, .40, 7.62×39, .30-.30, .308, and 12 GA in 2-3/4″ to its product line. While they don’t guarantee 100% head shots with their ammo, you are sure to at least get a chuckle from your friends and possibly an eye-roll from your spouse.




 Physically it looks a lot like their Critical Defense ammo except a green rubber plug instead of orange. I’m wondering if this is the same ammo but marketed differently? Has anyone picked up some of this? We promise not to judge.


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HPR Ammo Range Report

A few weeks ago, we told you that HPR released a new V-Max 60 grain match .223 and we were lucky enough to receive some from them.  We had the chance to finally take it out to the range and see how it would perform.  The results were great.  The only thing I wish we had was a match grade .223 rifle to shoot it out of.

I used an AR15 I built, with a YHM suppressor and a 1.8-10x US Optics SN3.  On a good day, my rifle will shoot 1.25 MOA (more or less 1 1/4 inches at a 100 yards), and on an equally good day, I’m a 1.5 MOA shooter.

The HPR Match 60 grain .223 ammo performed well beyond mine or my rifle’s ability.  I was able to consistently shoot well within 2″ at 100 yards, even when hastily pulling the trigger to keep things interesting.  The accuracy was great, and it very well should be for having the label ‘match” on it, but for me that’s not the real selling point.

This HPR ammo also features their “hyperclean” technology, and if you shoot suppressed, its a must use.  Many shooters who have AR-15s and shoot them suppressed will tell you how particular the rifle can get with certain types of ammo.  Unless my rifle is white glove clean, it’ll hiccup on less than premium ammo, usually at least once per every 25 or so rounds.  With HPR’s Hyperclean ammo, I didn’t experience one malfunction (and never have).  Also, with shooting HPR ammo, it cuts my cleaning time down to half compared to bargain boxes–I would say it is a must shoot ammo for anyone that shoots suppressed.

HPR ammo is available through Scottsdaleammo.com.  I can tell you from experience that their shipping is extremely fast and their prices are more than reasonable considering the quality you’re getting.  Fifty-Five grain .223 runs $21 a box and the match grade V-Max 60 grain we tested runs $29.

Below are some pictures of 10 round groups at 100 yards.

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HPR V-MAX Ammo Review[FULL DISCLOSURE:  HPR is a Gunblog.com advertiser]

HPR has been supporting Gunblog.com since our start last year;  Almost every review we’ve done, involved the use of HPR ammo.  Personally, I’ve loved their stuff since the first time I’ve shot with it.  It shoots clean and accurate and costs just as much as anything you’re going to buy at Wal-Mart, plus it has the best packaging in the industry hands down.  Yes, I know they support Gunblog.com, but in all honesty I’m pretty much just giving the money back to them since I order so much ammo through them.

I was ecstatic when placing my last order through them to see they have a new round out now–The 60 grain V-Max Match Grade .223.  I’ve always found their 55 grain to suffice all my accuracy needs so I was extremely curious to see how their match grade stuff would perform.  We have about 200 rounds of it sitting on the shelf getting ready for the range and we’ll be sure to tell you guys how it goes.

The new HPR V-Max Match .223 is 100 percent American made in Scottsdale, AZ.  It features HPR’s HyPerClean technology, is made from factory processed brass, contains 1/10th grain consistency and all rounds are hand inspected.  To top it off, the bullets are polymer tipped and streamlined for ultra flat trajectories. A box of 50 will run you $27.99.  We’ll give you a range report on the HPR V-Max Match grade .223 after we send all of those rounds down range.

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CCI .22 Long Rifle AR Tactical

CCI is probably the most popular and reliable rimfire ammunition brand sold today and it would only make sense that they make ammunition specifically for the plethora of .22 lr tactical(-cool) rifles flying off the shelves.  CCI’s new .22 Long Rifle AR Tactical ammunition is aimed directly at these tactical rimfire rifles to give them something accurate and reliable to spit out.  During CCI’s testing, they were able to achieve 1.5 inch groups with 10 rounds at a 100 yards using a Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22, which is pretty impressive for rimfire ammunition.

The CCI .22 LR AR Tactical ammunition features a 40 gr. target bullet that has a copper-plated round nose making it feed easier in AR type rifles chambered in .22 lr.  The round produces 1200 ft/sec of muzzle velocity, 82 ft-lbs of force at 100 yards, and a -6.2 inch drop at 100 yards if zeroed at 50 yards. The new CCI .22 LR AR Tactical comes in boxes of 375 rounds and costs $20 a box.


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Wilson Combat 7.62x40mm

Wilson Combat has just released a new .30 cal cartridge, the 7.62×40.  Designed for hunters and tactical shooters, the new caliber from Wilson Combat has the punch that might be missing from 5.56 ARs.  The selling point of the new rounds, besides the better terminal ballistics, is that 5.56 ARs only need to have the barrel changed out.  The new Wilson Combat 7.62×40 uses the traditional AR 15 lower and Lancer L5 AWM magazines modified by Wilson Combat.

I find it very interesting that Wilson Combat is putting out a new caliber, especially since they just released AR uppers for another .30 cal solution, the AAC BLACKOUT.  Did Wilson Combat assume they could do better, so they did?  I would have to put them up head to head to see.  Both cartridges use the same selling points, lighter recoil than other .30 cal cartridges, improved terminal ballistics, minimal modifications; the only main difference I can see is the 5mm of more casing the Wilson Combat has, giving it slightly more powder behind it giving it barely noticeable more FPS and foot pounds of energy over the AAC BLACKOUT.  Both rounds do seem to drop significantly though after 400 yards from the data I’ve seen.  Check below for ballistic stats of the new Wilson Combat 7.62×40 round.

Ballistic Performance Comparison

  • 7.62×40 WT (16” Barrel) 110 gr: 2450 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1466 Foot Pounds of Energy
125 gr: 2400 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1599 Foot Pounds of Energy
150 gr: 2200 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1612 Foot Pounds of Energy
  • 5.56 Nato (16” Barrel) 55 gr: 3150 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1212 Foot Pounds of Energy
62 gr: 3000 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1239 Foot Pounds of Energy
77 gr: 2750 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1293 Foot Pounds of Energy
  • 7.62×39 (16” Barrel) 123 gr: 2320 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1470 Foot Pounds of Energy
  • 6.8 SPC (16” Barrel) 110 gr: 2550 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1594 Foot Pounds of Energy
  • 300 BLACKOUT (16” Barrel) 125 gr: 2275 FPS Muzzle Velocity and 1436 Foot Pounds of Energy
  • NOTE for Handloaders: Once a 7.62×40 WT case has been fired once it will be fire- formed and provide approximately 1 gr. additional powder capacity and the potential for approximately 25-50 FPS more velocity at comparable pressure levels.


Trajectory and Remaining Velocity


  • 125 gr. Nosler Ballistic Hunter, 2375 FPS MV, Zero range 175 yards
  • 100 yds +1.7” 2156 FPS
  • 150 yds +1.1” 2052 FPS
  • 200 yds -1.6” 1951 FPS
  • 250 yds -6.6” 1854 FPS

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Raven Concealment SCAR 17s Mag Carrier

For those SCAR-H owners trying to find a magazine carrier for your magazines can now look to Raven Concealment Systems.  RCS makes some of the most popular kydex holsters on the market due to their quality and options, especially for those looking for a light bearing holster–they’re sometimes the only place where you’ll find them for a specific model.

I own a couple of RCS products and I have been completely satisfied with them so far.  I have no doubts that there are plenty of SCAR 17s owners out there that will be picking these up immediately.  The new RCS SCAR 17s magazine carriers are not up on the Raven Concealment website yet, but if you wish to order them, just add a rifle magazine carrier to your cart and state in the comment box you want the SCAR 17s–the only drawback is since everything RCS does is pretty much custom made, wait times for your order are usually long, but worth it.

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