FN Herstal - V-MAX - 40 Grain 5.7x28mm Ammo - 50 Rounds

FN Herstal
Bullet Weight
40 Grain
Casing Type

In Stock: 146

$0.74 per round


Beginning in 2002, NATO began tests on a new personal defense weapon cartridge to surpass the 9mm Luger in widespread service. The requirements included better penetration, accuracy, range and the ability to penetrate body armor. Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal (FNH) offered the 5.7x28mm, which was developed in 1990: a bottlenecked centerfire cartridge that bridges the ballistic performance of the .22 WMR and the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO. Its size means greater capacity in magazine fed weapons. While superior in performance to the 9mm NATO, it has not superseded it completely in NATO and military service. Many variations of bullet types are available in the caliber, with the armor piercing (AP) rounds being most restricted. The 40 grain V-Max bullet by FNH has a muzzle velocity of over 2000 feet per second with 367 foot pounds of energy. The polymer tip increases expansion of the bullet on impact making this round very acceptable for self defense as well as target shooting and training.

The Belgian government established FNH in 1889 to manufacture Mauser rifles under license for the country. It is associated with John M. Browning and his designs, and is one of the most popular and prolific of European arms makers. FN's 5.7 cases are brass and boxer primed for reloading by skilled smiths. If you have a 5.7mm firearm, FNH is the first and best ammunition for shooting it.

Additional information

  • Manufacturer FN Herstal
  • Condition New
  • Bullet Weight 40 Grain
  • Bullet Type V-MAX
  • Use Type Self Defense, Varmint Hunting
  • Casing Type Brass
  • Quantity 50
  • Ammo Caliber 5.7x28mm
  • Manufacturer SKU SS197SR
  • Primer Type Boxer
  • Muzzle Velocity 2034
  • Muzzle Energy 367
  • Magnetic No
  • UPC Barcode 818513003612
  • Cost Per Round $0.74 per round

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5.7x28 FN SS197 only gets above 2000fps in a 16" PS90 barrel; not a pistol. It only gets around 1650fps from a pistol. In addition, 22WMR wasn't even a consideration when FN produced the cartridge. 22WMR is a substandard, rimfire cartridge with nowhere near the ballistics or efficiency of the 5.7 round. It was developed as a smaller, lighter 5.56 round for PDW use.

Review by The Truth

(Posted on January 2, 2024)

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