.45 ACP ZOMBIE MAX Review and Ammo Test





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Published on Jan 20, 2012

Ballistic gel test of the .45 ACP Hornady ZOMBIE MAX 185 gr JHP, using a diluted form of SIM-TEST Ballistic Testing Media. This format is comparable to calibrated ballistic gel, and includes four layers of denim. Video includes brief overview of the cartridge, recoil shots, and one shot test. Post-shot evaluation shows bullet path through the block, average diameter, retained weight, and various close-up views of the bullet. Test gun was a Colt 1911 Government Series 80, 5 inch barrel.


Please understand that these techniques are merely representations to indicate possible ballistics; they are not intended to replicate real-world street results. Even by adding bone, additional clothing, etc., there are just too many factors involved in a self-defense scenario to offer a 100% degree of accuracy when compared to street results. It is essential to perform exhaustive research on your carry choice, which could yield actual use data. The law-abiding citizen bears ultimate responsibility for their ammunition choice and insuring reliability in their handgun.

CAMERA: Sony HDR-CX560, 60p, 28 mbps, 1920 x 1080 HD.
EDITING: Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11, MP4, 30p, 16 mbps.

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2A Forever
The box says only for use on Zombies and you know there is a lawyer out there just waiting to get a case where somebody used this on a person.
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Domino Effect
great videos, however the critical defense ammo was designed to do exactly what you just showed everyone. It's was made to NOT penetrate as much simply for the fact that when used in a public area, or whatever the case may be, the ammo would not penetrate so far that you could hit someone or something behind your target. Critical defense in my opinion is the best carry ammo there is. I carry it in my px4 storm 40 and my 1911. God forbid any of us ever have to use our weapon in a life or death situation, but if you shoot someone and it penetrates all the way through and hits an innocent by stander behind the target just be prepared to not only be sued but maybe even put in prison. I see someone commented on here that they carry critical duty, i too have some of that ammo but the critical duty was designed to penetrate through car doors and body armor aka not good for carry ammo because you DO NOT want to hit someone you're not trying to put down
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I think it did well, lost hardly any weight and expanded, what more can you ask for?
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John Dunaway
I don't think I could look my friends in the eye and seriously tell them I keep "ZOMBIE MAX" ammo in my carry gun. I do love Hornady products though and I'm not surprised this bullet did OK. It did underpenetrate a little bit, but IMO, slight underpenetration, when it comes along with excellent expansion, isn't the worst thing that could happen.
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Jim Nesta
I just think that it's a sad commentary on the state of our society when a major ammo manufacturer thinks that it needs to market ammo intended to kill monsters created by the imagination of hollywood writers. What is Hornady saying about the intelligence of buyers of this ammo when it feels that it must remind them that ammo is not a toy. I guess there are more zombie preppers out there than one might guess.
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Alex K.
Or just get a Colt Python, kills any zombie in one shot GUARANTEED!
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Ben San
since you go for the head, expansion > penetration!
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Sam Taylor
love the ending.😂
just bought a glock 30s. what would be your recommended carry round? thanks
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Good video, and as I mentioned on the Critical Duty video in the same caliber, this is not surprising. Critical Defense is designed for shorter barrels as found in concealed carry pistols. I'd put money on the speculation that if you'd included your 3.3 in this test (maybe you didn't own it by this point) it would have exhibited better penetration and slightly slower expansion. As it is, you over-expanded, the zombies got you, and now you're dead. God bless you, tnoutdoors9. 
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