Check out this review of the Hornady .223 Remington 55gr V-MAX bullet designed for predator and varmint hunting.
I recently made my first video reviewing Hornady’s .223 Remington 55gr V-Max bullets (you can see the rest of my gear and outfitter reviews here). All in all, I was happy with their performance: the bullets were accurate, consistent, clean burning, and reliable and I would recommend them to predator hunters. Watch the video below for all the details.
For the test I used a Sig Sauer M400 FDE enhanced rifle. The rifle has an 16″ barrel with a 1:7″ rifling twist and is topped with a Leupold Mark AR 1-4x20mm scope.
Several months after I completed the test, I bought a chronograph and was able to measure the velocity of some of the Hornady V-Max bullets I had left. I obtained an a mean velocity of 2843fps, a standard deviation of 10, a high velocity of 2861fps, a low velocity of 2830fps, and an extreme spread of 31fps. Of all types of 55gr .223 Remington ammunition I’ve tested in my rifle, the V-Max has the highest average velocity with the smallest standard deviation. Hornady advertises a velocity of 3240fps for the V- Max, but I obtained velocities about 400fps slower, most likely due to the fact that I was using a shorter barreled rifle with a faster rifling twist than their test rifle.
I fired three, three shot groups off of a bench rest for accuracy. My smallest group size was 1.1″ and the average size of the groups was 1.3″. Including the shots I fired to test the velocity of the rounds, I shot 35 rounds of V-Max ammunition and I did not experience a single malfunction. I was especially impressed at how clean burning the bullets were.
I was impressed with the results I obtained out of this test, but the 55gr V-Max bullets will likely perform even better in rifles with a slower rifling twist and a longer barrel than my Sig Sauer M400. That being said, the V-Max bullets are accurate enough to use for predator hunting at ranges out to 300 yards, or even further with a bolt action rifle with a slower rifling twist.
You can compare the performance of the V-Max to Winchester’s Varmint X bullet here.
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