January 25, 2022
By The Editors
Amidst the troubling times in which everyone shouted, “ammunition shortage”, the engineers at Winchester continued to develop and improve their ammunition offerings across the board. In 2022, Winchester will be offering new shotshells for target shooters, upland enthusiasts, and waterfowl hunters alike. Backcountry big-game hunters will have something to smile about as well because Winchester has extended their ever-popular Power-Point ammunition into the hot and trendy 6.8 western.
Many have counted on Winchester ammunition to carry them through the good times afield, and as we launch off into the future it’s comforting to know that Winchester will continue to innovate and remain a trustworthy round for any type of hunting.
PowerPoint Rifle Ammunition Introduced in 6.8 Western
Winchester Power-Point is a brass cup and lead core bullet that has been around for decades, but in 2022, Winchester will be adding a 170-grain Power-Point bullet to the 6.8 Western lineup. Hunters will be able to choose bullets weighing from 162 to 175 grains. These bullets pack a punch with magnum-like energy levels that actually exceed the energy of 300 Winchester Magnum at extended ranges.
The Winchester 6.8 Western utilizes the latest ballistic data including the concept of “heavy for caliber”, long, streamlined projectiles, producing better ballistic coefficients that will buck wind and deliver tight groups at longer ranges. The simple design results in a solid product at a tremendous value. Whether you plan to just spend a day at the range, or are preparing for your next hunting adventure, Winchester Power-Point is always a great choice.
Super Pheasant Diamond Grade Shotshells
Super Pheasant Diamond Grade shells bring 8% antimony, copper-plated shot to the upland fields in a 5-shot configuration to connect with authority on tough roosters. Initial offerings include 2-3/4 inch for 12 and 20-gauge as well as a hard-hitting 3-inch 12-gauge load.
The 8% antimony (hardening alloy) is four times more antimony than standard target loads, resulting in the hardest copper-plated shot available to target shooters. The shot is also precision sorted, meaning only the roundest shot is used. This results in tighter patterns and more downrange energy whether shooting clay targets or fast-flying pheasants.
Copper Impact Ammunition
With Copper Impact, a hunter gets monolithic solid copper Extreme Point® hollow-point bullets with distinctive polymer tips that create both a large-impact diameter and immediate expansion upon contact. As a solid bullet, the Extreme Point® produces greater weight retention over standard jacketed bullets. Copper Impact bullets are permitted for use where lead-free ammunition is required, but regardless of location, this line of ammunition performs on big game from pronghorn to elk.
This lethal bullet has expanded its offering and will now be available in 30 caliber, 180 grain loads for big game hunters worldwide.
Bismuth Waterfowl Ammunition
Winchester Bismuth utilizes a premium, uniform shot, which is tin-plated to produce the smoothest, roundest bismuth shot possible. To ensure the shot stays uniform and round, Winchester adds a buffering compound that fills voids within the shotshell and cushions the shot upon ignition. At 40 yards, Winchester Bismuth puts an impressive 90% of the pattern on the target. Hunters can use any choke with Winchester Bismuth to find an optimum pattern for their shotgun. With the ability to downsize in shot size, waterfowl hunters can opt to throw even more pellets downrange and increase their odds for dropping ducks.
The new bismuth rounds utilize the proprietary Winchester Drylok Wad System that keeps powder dry for consistent and dependable ignition despite damp waterfowl conditions.
The 3-inch 12-gauge items will be loaded with 1 3/8 ounces of No. 4 shot for ducks and No. 1 shot for decoying geese with a muzzle velocity of 1,450 fps. Bismuth 20-gauge is available in a 3-inch with 1 1/8 ounces of No. 4 shot, traveling at 1,300 fps.
Blind Side 2 Waterfowl Ammunition
Blind Side® 2 (like its predecessor) utilizes hex-shaped shot but is differentiated with a nickel-plated head and the new Drylok wad system. These hex-shaped pellets capitalize on their six flat faces to deliver increased lethality upon impact by transferring more energy fast moving ducks and geese.
What’s more, the nickel-plated head offers a smooth surface that is corrosion-resistant to ensure dependable feeding in the harshest of conditions. This round will perform in the in blind, but also won’t break the bank. So, if you can’t pony up to the price tag of the Bismuth, don’t worry, you won’t have to sacrifice field-proven dependability.
The Essentials Gear Box.
Our editors have hand-picked these essential pieces of gear to make you a more successful hunter when you hit the game trails this season.