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Anybody used Hornady Zombie Max Ammo yet?

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I ran across a couple boxes of this new Hornady Max ammo for zombies at a Bass Pro Shop big box during Christmas. I first thought I was seeing things, then I thought, "well that's cool" at least from a marketing standpoint, but then I read the box disclaimer about using it only on the undead zombies and I was thinking maybe the ammo engineers along with the marketing types had been snorting gunpowder. It has to have some real value to shooters since it comes in several common handgun calibers as well as the SHTF big three, .223, .308, and 7.62x39. I just checked at Cabela's and it is $18.99 a box....ouch.

 

Has anybody run this ammo through their arms and found anything particularly special about it other then the green bullet tip?

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Hornady is "premium grade" ammo anyway, so not surprised by the price tag. I have not used any of their zombie loads, but their Critical Defense rounds have found their way into my bedside dresser drawer. Good stuff for when you really need the performance according to all I have read and seen.

 

As for zombies, I think I will be using cheapo military surplus rounds, because one thing you can count on with zombies is they bring a lot of friends when they ring your doorbell. Not that I am over concerned with the creeping dead, but best to be well supplied.

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Lightsaber? I bet that thing runs on them darn 123 batteries don't it? Right now I am hoarding up on Rem-UMC ammo when Dick's puts it on sale for $6.99 a box. 55grains of FMJ ought to work on zombies, or somebody picking my garden without authorization or a friendly neighbor borrowing gasoline out of my vehicle. All the options we could potentially confront are mindboggling.

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From what I understand the Zombie Max ammo in the rifle calibers is the same as thier V-Max bullets, just with a green tip. In the pistol calibers it is the same as their Critical Defense, just with a green tip. The ZM ammo in the pistol calibers is also the same price as the CD, at least from the prices that I saw in my LGS.

 

To me it seems nothing more than some cleaver marketing on Hornady's part, but I will admit that I thought about buying a couple boxes just for the conversational aspect of them.

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I've not shot their Zombie rounds, but I read somewhere that it was their CD and V-Max with just a green tip. Bullet weights and coefficients seem to indicate that as the case. It seems to be a marketing thing. That said, I have never been disappointed by anything from Hornady. A mild caution, these rounds are a little on the light side. As Steve Hornady said in an interview "For the handgun rounds as well as the rifle rounds we wanted a fairly lightweight, high velocity round. " If your semi-auto does not cycle well with "light" rounds (180 grains in the .45 ACP I think) then you might have a feeding problem. My guns cycle just fine with the light weight CD rounds so I don't think it would be a problem for me but it would pay to check.

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