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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MachIVshooter, Feb 22, 2012.

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  1. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Member

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    Midway has Hornady Z-max bullets going pretty cheap right now. AFAIK, all they are is a V-max with a puke green tip. At $60/500 for 20 gr. .17 cal and $65/500 for 50 gr. BT .224, seems like a good buy to me! They have 32 gr. .204, 40 gr., 55 gr. and 58 gr. .224 as well.
     
  2. kingmt

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    It doesn't look like a sale price on the .224 but they are cheaper then V-Max.
     
  3. dsm

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    They are different. I believe the differences lay in the way the jackets are formed. I'm sure if the z Max is cheaper...the process is cheaper to produce them. The best test is to try them to see if your gun likes them.
     
  4. Gonzofam

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    Diff than amax. Better bc. Same as varmint. Who really knows. All i know is the new hornady steel case may be a great 1000shot round purchase. Hasto be above tull and wolf and the price is nice. I want to see how accurate it is in my rifles.
     
  5. Certaindeaf

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    I've heard steel is easily reloaded.
     
  6. Damon555

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    Here's a comparison between the Z-max and V-max....

    204 on the left 224 on the right

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    I can't tell the difference just by looking.....
     
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  7. kingmt

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    Shhh. Don't let that get out. Brass .223 has gotten imposable to find at my range but people keep heaping up the steel cases.
     
  8. Certaindeaf

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    A $4 Harbor Freight 200lb magnet on a length of twine works great for dragging the steel seas.
     
  9. A-FIXER

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    Thanks for the info got some ordered the other day....
     
  10. liberalwithagun

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    @kingmt - You must shoot at my range. It is near a miracle if I find any brass. Place is filled w/ steel casings. At best I find some 9mm brass (which I can actually do reload) and 40 S/W (which I don't).

    Can the economy please fix itself so people will start shooting (and leaving) brass casings?
     
  11. fol4321

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    does the z have a bit larger poly tip?. did you cut any open?
     
  12. ArchAngelCD

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    The Z-Max and V-Max bullets are exactly the same but for the color of the polymer tip. They changed the color to sell Zombie ammo, they didn't develop a whole new bullet.

    I bought 2 boxes of 500 55gr .224" Z-Max bullets from my local shop. That should be a good supply for a bolt action rifle... BTW, inside the box there are 2 plastic bags with 250 bullets in each.
     
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  13. kingmt

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    Did you mean Z & V are the same?
     
  14. Damon555

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    The tips are the same size as the comparable bullet....Nope, never cut one open....
     
  15. ArchAngelCD

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    Yes I did, thanks for catching that... I fixed the original post...
     
  16. ole farmerbuck

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    I just checked mine. The 50gr z-max are boat tail and the 55gr z-max have cannelures and are flat base.
     
  17. Damon555

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    Those are 2 different animals.....There is also a 55 g V-max with a cannular.
     
  18. ole farmerbuck

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    Yea I have about 8500 55gr v-max w/can flat base. Trust me, my Z-max looks just like them except for the greenish tips.
     
  19. dsm

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    Got confirmation from hornady that both bullets are the same....just different colored tips.
     
  20. ole farmerbuck

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    And z's are cheaper. But dont tell my p-dogs. I want them thinking they're getting fed the best most expensive there is. :)
     
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