My Personal Review of Hornady Frontier 5.56 Ammunition

I’d heard a lot of good things about Hornady and their superb component rounds and so I was quite interested when I saw that they’d relaunched the Hornady Frontier 5.56 brand of ammo. That said, it might not be a recent relaunch, as it’s been a long time since I last used them and they may have been around for a while.

I shouldn’t have been concerned in the slightest, as after trying these ‘new’ rounds I achieved close groupings down at the range – something I hadn’t anticipated. On top of all that, they’re at a price point that’s within my means, so, needless to say, they’re now my go-to brand.

Affordable and Effective

If you’re a regular shooter, then you’ll appreciate the affordable cost of the Hornady Frontier 5.56 Nato bullets and they’re a versatile round too, serving the user equally well whether owning them for self-defense, hunting, plinking or target work.

What you shouldn’t do is interpret ‘affordable’ as ‘cheap’ or somehow second-rate, as that’s absolutely not the reality at all. These babies are fully-reloadable and made from brass, with the shoulder and case neck being annealed, which keeps the rounds nice and soft, preserving their longevity.

Something you should know if you are a reloader is that these Hornady bullets feature a military primer crimp, so that’s something you’ll need to take off before you’re able to reload. It’s quite simple, however, if you’re not fore-warned, it can leave you confused and unsure what to do.

A Great Partnership

So, what is it that allows Hornady to make great, low-cost ammo that stands the test of time? Well, for starters, they’ve teamed up with Lake City Ammunition, who have something of a stellar reputation themselves and this has allowed them to create high quality ammo that’s widely accessible to the public.

I’m a nosey so and so, which led me to open up one of the Hornady Frontier 5.56 rounds on my bench and what I found inside confirmed my suspicions. The 5.56 casing is quite limited in terms of capacity, which is why they’ve cleverly loaded it up with ball powder.

They Get My Vote & I Think They’ll Get Yours Too

Some partnerships were just meant to be and that shines through when using Hornady Frontier 5.56 ammo. Basically, you’ve got Lake City combining their military brass production prowess with Hornady’s flexible manufactured products that have a proven track record across the various different formats.

So, whether you’re out hunting prairie dogs or using yours for home defense, Hornady has made top quality products accessible to the masses. Their performance on the range is nothing to be sniffed at either, with the increased ballistic coefficient values they offer able to hold onto their energy as they move down range and resist the influence of wind deflection.

These bullets are available in boxes from 20, right up to the big boys at 1,000 rounds, so you’re free to buy just a few or really stock up and fire away without worrying too much about the cost.

So, if you’re on a budget like me, I don’t think there’s a better choice, particularly as the cost saving does not come at the expense of their dependability or accuracy – as some brands do. If you’re a high volume shooter, this might just be the best ammo on the market for you.