Hornady has introduced new .22 WMR ammunition using the VMAX bullet. The new 22 Magnum cartridge pushes a 30 grain VMAX bullet at 2200 fps (322 foot/pounds of energy).
The V-MAX bullet is a polymer tipped hollow point that allows for excellent expansion while increasing the ballistic coefficient. Â Having a polymer tip ensures the bullet will expand because it prevents the hollow point from being clogged. Â Additionally, the tip compresses on impact, which in turn presses against the inside of the cavity, helping to force the bullet open.
Hornady claims that the new ammo is the “finest product in its class,” and offers “accuracy never seen before from this cartridge.” Reviews from shooters on MidwayUSA’s website have posted they are getting groups of .125″ – .781″ at 100 yards with this ammo. Â By any reasonable standard, those are very good groupings – especially out of a rimfire round.
This ammunition should be an excellent varmint round. Â I could see this being used by hunters to about 125 or so yards depending on the animal.