Hornady 5.56 NATO 55 gr FMJ (M193) Frontier 20/Box
($0.30 / round)
Federal XM855 5.56 62gr Mini Ammo Can 120 Rounds
($0.37 / round)
Federal XM193 5.56mm 55 gr FMJ 100 Round Value Pack
($0.31 / round)
Hornady 5.56mm NATO 55 gr FMJ Frontier 150/Box (Oriented)
($0.29 / round)
Federal XM855 5.56 62gr Stripper Clips Ammo Can 420 Rounds
($0.36 / round)
Federal XM855 5.56mm 62 gr FMJ Ball 150/Box
($0.32 / round)
Hornady 5.56 NATO 68 gr BTHP Match Frontier 20/Box
($0.47 / round)
Hornady 5.56 NATO 62 gr FMJ Frontier 20/Box
($0.35 / round)
Hornady 5.56 NATO 55 gr Hollow Point Match Frontier 500 Round Case
($0.35 / round)
Hornady 5.56 NATO 62 gr FMJ Frontier 150/Box
($0.32 / round)
Federal XM193 5.56 55gr FMJ with Ammo Can 420 Rounds
($0.40 / round)
Hornady 5.56 NATO 55 gr Hollow Point Match Frontier 20/Box
($0.35 / round)
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First off, I am only an amateur marksman on a good day. Been shooting irregularly for 27 years, but a lot less than most enthusiasts shoot in only a year or so. So I am by no means an expert.
That being said, the Hornady bullets seemed pretty accurate, when they fired. That last part is key. I tried 60 of the 55 grain hollow point, and 60 of the 75 grain hollow point boat tail, as well as a couple of other brands.
At first I thought it was the new rifle, until I realized that the only bullets that jammed were the Hornady bullets. Around 1 to 3 per magazine using 10 and 30 round mags. Sometimes they would jam inside the gun, other times when ejecting, but on average about 1 or 2 issues per 10 rounds, and more often than not on the first round chambered and the 3rd or 4th ejected. When they fired, they fired as accurately as the other brands I fired.
I'm an amateur, so take that for what it's worth, however you probably should not use them in any situation where you cannot afford to spend a couple of minutes working out a jam. In other words, if you can get them cheap for a range day, or if you want to train folks how to unjam a gun, sure, go for it. For hunting or home defense, find another manufacturer.
I shoot long distance often. 200 yards is closest, 600 yards is standard. I shoot in windy conditions, during winter, summer. I chronograph my loads and have ballistic charts for different T/RH.
So far, I found that you get what you pay for. It is awesome that you can get 75 grain 5.56mm ammo for $0.40 to $0.45. But don't expect this ammo to be $0.50 to $0.60 IMI razor core 77gr OTM. As you should not expect IMI razor core to be $0.85 to $1.00 Black Hills 77gr OTM, as you should not expect anything to be as good as $1.25 Black Hills 77gr TMK. I shoot all of those in various weather conditions and across wide temperature ranges.
Again, for $0.4 to $0.45 this is an excellent price per round and I just bought some from Sportsman's. Will be buying more. Velocity out of 20 inch SS 3R and 18 inch SS match barrels is ~50 fps less than Black Hills or IMI razor core IMI is actually ~15 fps faster than Black Hills out of 16 inch 1 in 9 chrome lined barrel obviously IMI is tuned for shorter barrels that Israel army uses. Ballistic coefficient is 0.355 I question that since Hornady is known to over promise and under deliver, like velocity that is 100+ fps slower then their box states, which is not as good as SMK OTM BC=0.372 or TMK BC=0.425. At 600 yards with my 20 or 18 inch SS using IMI Razor Core 77gr. I group close 7 to 9 inches. While using Black Hills close, I group 7 inches without sweat. With Black Hills TMK it is easy 6 inch groups, if I do my part. Same rifles, same conditions back to back I cannot make Hornady 75gr group better than 10 inches. And if there is any kind of wind it opens up significantly.
Having said that I bought quite a bit of this ammo. For the money this is an excellent round. I gave it 4 stars only because they overstate their velocity as usual.
I consistently get 1/2 MOA @ 100 yards when the wind isn’t gusting out of my stock. My 16” Springfield Saint Edge 5.56 was also purchased here. I can’t say enough good things about this ammunition. It is uniform, accurate and a dream to shoot. Wish I could upload pictures!
Rated: Next to IMI Razor Core 77gr, my standard round 20BL 1:7- Comparable, in every way!
At 100 yards, grouping was virtually the same as RAZOR CORE. Both were entirely capable of 1-1.5 MOA. Moreover, Same point-of-impact as RAZOR CORE, so I don't have to re-zero and can go back and forth between the two. That's fantastic! Overall, extremely surprised considering price is almost half of the RAZOR CORE! I'm sold!! Keep up the production, Hornady! You definitely got a winner with this one. That's the only real issue with Hornady, you get hooked and they discontinue it. So, Buy all you can! Sportsmans Outdoor Superstore, Best Price you can find.
This ammo shoots the best out of the many heavy OTM/BTHP that I've tried. Sportmans Outdoor Superstore has the best price too! When I run low, I'll definitely order from them again.