Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hornady Frontier Ammunition Pt2

In my last post I had just discovered the Hornady Frontier line pretty much by accident. A friend won a box at a local shooting match and after experiencing excellent results of his own he quickly came to me to try it out in my rifles. This lead me to further testing. Not everything shot as well as the 55 grain Spire Point, but others came real close. This post is going to be short and sweet, so let's just get to the point. I had good results from the 62 and 68 grain NATO marked match loads. This time on the range I had unfavorable conditions, in particular the wind, and I suspect that had some impact. But on top of that I was shooting the groups and the chronograph simultaneously. All I had time for was a quick measurement with the ole Leatherman and the 62 came in around that 5/8" mark again and the 68 something like 3/4". I am confident I can do better. However, what is very interesting about the 68 grain loading was the velocity. I got a five shot average of 3059 from my 18" barrel. That is pretty spectacular I think. For one of the higher BC bullets, a screaming velocity should give it just a little bit longer legs than your average higher weight load for the AR rifle. Even if it doesn't show the signs of laser accuracy that the lighter Spire Point did, it's still very good.

chrono testing, review, accuracy
The 68gr group - about 3/4" center-to-center. The 3 at the lower right are a different load and group.
chrohograph review, testing accuracy Hornady Frontier
And the 62gr group. Remarkably similar looking which probably says something about my shooting.