Shooters have been buying up the hornady Zombie max ammo recently thanks to clever marketing and a trend I will admit not understanding. Really it is supposedly just re-purposed V-max ammo with a different color ballistic tip. Since the ammo has an asinine price on it and the buyer will probably never shoot it, I decided to test it out for those who are curious about it. I used a match barrel with a 1/9 twist to fire the most rounds since that is the most common twist rate among the type of shooter this stuff is aimed at.
I did notice the ammo did come in a case with a military crimped primer. I have fired the horaday varmint ammo before in other calibers and had decent results. Never under 1 MOA however. I also fired a 21 shot group using my own handloads as a comparison and something to compare to.
You can click on the image to make enlarge it. The ammo was 55 grain since that is what a lot of people seem to think is the standard for top performance ( it isn’t ).
All but the lower left are zombie max. The distance was 100 yards shot from a match AR15 with match SS barrel 24 inches with a 1/9 twist. Te optics was a Leupold 18x. The gun is extremely accurate with good ammo. The 1/7 twist 21 shot group was fired with a 6940 with the same optic. flyer shot was a zeroing shot. The rest is a 20 round group.
Draw your own conclusions on the Z-max. I would not waste my time or money on it myself. The groups fired from typical M4 carbines was not ever worth showing. This was the best I would get it to do.
Below is what proper match loads will do in a good gun to compare.
Unless you are into the whole “zombie lifestyle” and just want the box or something.. I would not spend the money on the zombie max, unless the price was dropped to the same amount as a box of federal xm193 or PMC etc.