Just bought a brick of 500 Hornady 17G red tips for the HMR. My last batch have lasted me nearly 2 years and I bought them from a chap that had them for nearly 2 years...Iíve read a few threads over the past year or so where people have complained about the ammo being produced to less quality that a few years back so I was intrigued to see if there was a difference in the groups and across the Chrony.
Frist impressions were that the red tip is no longer red, its Orange. Possibly a cost cutting exercise to same on die in the plastic J but the boxes were the same apart from the print being different.
From a warm barrel both 5 shot groups were within 1cm at 100 yards (was a slight breeze on and off so should have been better, can normally get this hole in hole at 100 yards) but the new rounds were slightly tighter. Both POI were the same and out to 150 yards the drop was also the same. Across the Chrony the old ammo averaged 2534 ft/sec and the new 2542 ft/sec so not much in it but the new rounds slightly quicker. Overall...no difference in real shooting terms.
I guess its possible that the old rounds may have been better when first produced and have degraded slightly over the past 4 years? Any thoughts?