Hornady has recently introduced (actually reintroduced the name at least) line of affordable center-fire rifle ammunition under the Frontier brand. Think of it as economical AR ammunition without the inconsistencies normally attached to lower-priced fodder. It’s manufactured from top-quality brass cases with annealed necks and shoulders and loaded with military grade boxer primers and propellants, making it fully reloadable. For now, at least, it’s only available in two chamberings: 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem.
As of press time, in .223 Rem. available bullets include 55-grain full metal jacket, 55-grain soft point, 55-grain hollow point match and 68-grain bobtail hollow point match to cover varmint, target and competition applications. Depending on the bullet type, Frontier .223 Rem. cartridges are available in boxes of 20, 150, 500 or 1,000 rounds.
On the 5.56 NATO side, available bullets include 55-grain FMJ (very close to the US military’s M193 load), 55-grain hollow point match, 62-grain FMJ, 62-grain boattail hollow point match, 62-grain soft point, 62-grain FMJ, 68-grain boattail hollow point match and 75-grain boattail hollow point match. As with the .223 Rem., and depending on the bullet type, Frontier 5.56 NATO cartridges are also available in the same round-count boxes. At the end of the day, Hornady has effectively brought economical, quality ammunition to the masses. See the 2018 On Target Editors’ Choice Award winning Frontier line at your nearest dealer, or for more information, contact Hornady Manufacturing; Tel.: (800) 338-3220; Web: www.hornady.com