Z-MAX (Zombie Max) Bullets Explained

The Z-MAX (Zombie Max) ammunition line from Hornady is a special line created for killing zombies. Yes, that’s right. Zombies. It’s basically a fun gimmick around some pretty good performing ammo. It’s worth owning a box or two simply because the box it comes in is so cool. It makes a great conversation piece and is very popular among shooters because nobody knows how long it will be in production. The official webpage has a fun video and a great disclaimer that’s worth a read.

As of August 2013, quite a few calibers of the Z-MAX is “temporarily suspended” so it’s hard to say whether it’s on its way out for good or sold out due to popularity. The rifle ammo is pretty much history except for the .223 but you can get some handgun and shotgun Z-MAX still. It’s probably a good idea to get it quick as it’s sure to be a collector’s item eventually and it looks great on the shelf.

Z-MAX Features

Polymer Tip – Just like the A-MAX and V-MAX lines from Hornady, the Z-Max line features a polymer tip. This helps improve the ballistic coefficient as well as guarantees quick expansion on impact with a target. When facing zombies, accuracy is going to be important and expansion is a must have.

AMP Jacket –The same jacket technology as the A-MAX, this jacket has almost no wall thickness variation guaranteeing you very similar performance with each shot. The lack of thickness variation also helps expansion on impact with a target.

Various Caliber – The Z-MAX line is available for pistols, rifles and 12-gauge shotguns so you can be sure you’re ready for the invasion no matter what your weapon of choice is. There’s only .223 ammo left as of August 2013 so you might have to try an ammo outlet to find other rifle versions of Z-MAX. There’s plenty of 12-gauge and pistol ammo however.

Z-Max Uses

Naturally, this particular ammo is intended for zombie control. Will you run into any zombies? Probably not but some people really believe it’s a possibility and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Most people will simply buy this and have it on hand because it’s unique, the box is very cool and the bullet is a decent quality. There could be issues using it as home defense ammo because the disclaimer, while obviously meant to be silly, specifically says not to use it on human beings, plants, vegetables, minerals, etc. It’s possible this could be a big deal if you were to shoot an intruder but most likely that will be the least of your worries in a time of crisis.

Overall, even if you don’t like zombies and aren’t a fan of Hornady ammunition, it’s hard to pass up something this unique. There’s better ammo out there for most every use possible but nothing else is marketed this way and that makes it something pretty special. It’s highly recommended to grab a few boxes just to have. 

Written by Sam Jacobs