Hornady Superformance Match

Also new for 2011 from Hornady is a line of Superformance match ammunition. It will be available in .223 Rem, 5.56mm NATO and two loads in .308 Win. It is interesting to see a specific 5.56mm load. I presume they have optimized that for semi-automatic rifles.

It is FAST! It is ACCURATE! It is VERSATILE! Superformance™ Match Ammunition achieves muzzle velocities of 100 – 200 fps faster than ANY conventional ammunition. Amazing ammunition performance starts with outstanding bullets, and Hornady® AMAX® and Boattail Hollow Point Match™ bullets, now featuring revolutionary new AMP™ (Advanced Manufacturing Process) bullet jackets, raise the standard.

Topped with the finest bullets, Superformance™ Match ammunition marries the very best cartridge cases with extremely stable propellants that are custom blended for each individual load to provide TRUE ammunition performance enhancement. Highpower competitors, as well as law enforcement and military shooters and snipers will all benefit from the Superformance™ Match advantage – higher muzzle velocity, phenomenal accuracy, increased range and reduced wind drift. Superformance™ Match – the limits have been broken!

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  • I think American Eagle and Lake City offer a specific 5.56 load, because MIL-SPEC XM-SOMETHINGOROTHER always sells.

  • drewogatory

    From the ammo oracle–http://www.ammo-oracle.com/#diff

    Q. What is the difference between 5.56×45mm and .223 Remington ammo?

    In the 1950’s, the US military adopted the metric system of measurement and uses metric measurements to describe ammo. However, the US commercial ammo market typically used the English “caliber” measurements when describing ammo. “Caliber” is a shorthand way of saying “hundredths (or thousandths) of an inch.” For example, a fifty caliber projectile is approximately fifty one-hundredths (.50) of an inch and a 357 caliber projectile is approximately three-hundred and fifty-seven thousandths (.357) of an inch. Dimensionally, 5.56 and .223 ammo are identical, though military 5.56 ammo is typically loaded to higher pressures and velocities than commercial ammo and may, in guns with extremely tight “match” .223 chambers, be unsafe to fire.

    The chambers for .223 and 5.56 weapons are not the same either. Though the AR15 design provides an extremely strong action, high pressure signs on the brass and primers, extraction failures and cycling problems may be seen when firing hot 5.56 ammo in .223-chambered rifles. Military M16s and AR15s from Colt, Bushmaster, FN, DPMS, and some others have the M16-spec chamber with a longer throat and should have no trouble firing hot 5.56 ammunition. The big difference between the two chambers is in the chamber dimensions. Military M16s have slightly more headspace and have a longer throat area, compared to the SAAMI .223 chamber spec, which was originally designed for bolt-action rifles. Commercial SAAMI-specification .223 chambers have a much shorter throat, a smaller diameter bullet seat and less freebore than the military chamber. Shooting 5.56 mil-spec ammo in a SAAMI-specification chamber can increase pressure dramatically, up to an additional 15,000 psi or more.

    The military chamber is often referred to as a “5.56 NATO” chamber, as that is what is usually stamped on military barrels. Some AR manufacturers use the tighter “.223” (i.e., SAAMI-spec and often labeled “.223” or “.223 Remington”) chamber, which tends to give you more accuracy but, in self-loading rifles, less reliability, especially with hot-loaded military ammo. Some AR manufacturers use an in-between chamber spec, such as the Wylde chamber. Many mis-mark their barrels too, which further complicates things. You can generally tell what sort of chamber you are dealing with by the markings on the weapon, but always check with the manufacturer to be sure

  • Ermac

    No 7.62×39? It would be pretty impressive to see a 7.62×39 going at 2600 FPS.

  • Brian_L

    Built an AR-15 out of just about everybodys parts.
    The barrel was an Olimpic Arms Stainless Ultra Match.

    Can’t remember what twist rate, but my reloads, usuing a Hornady 52 grain Boattail Hollow Point Match bullet and I think IMR 4227 powder, produced 5 shot groups that could be covered with a postage stamp at 100 yds. bench rested.
    Sold the rifle, and I still regret it today.
    Anyway, if the new bullets are actually even better…WOW!

  • Nathaniel

    I am fairly certain Russian .223 Saiga rifles are actually 5.56mm chamber. They are definitely compatible, anyway.

  • Todd

    Hornady QC is sketchy. I have some .204 brass (from 2 different lots) that won’t even fit in my shellholder without forcing it in with a nylon hammer. I have best consistency from Berger & Sierra bullets. Hornady can keep their hype.

  • SpudGun

    Here’s my wild stab in the dark about the 5.56 offering for the Supeformance Match. If I remember correctly, the Superformance burns almost all of the powder inside the case – thus achieving higher velocities.

    This sounds like an ideal candidate for all those 10 inch barrelled SBRs that Spec Ops like to tote around. Just a guess though.

  • Hornady is going to be staking the primers soon, or so I’ve heard at the Hide, due to popping primers in some rifles – http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1669162&page=1

    Also, the Superperformance powder will be available to reloaders soon – http://www.shootingtimes.com/ammunition/ST_superpowders_081710WO/index.html#cont