Done with your current ammo? Ready for a change to take down your target of choice? Check out these new ammunition offerings from the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade Show, better known as SHOT Show, this year. For links to the entire 2017 Military Times New Gear Guide, click here.
What: Coming this summer, this solid-copper slug with polymer tip should be an excellent deer-hunting round. The slug is encased in a high-density plastic sabot and is designed to open up into some wicked petals, somewhat similar to the hugely popular Barnes Expander muzzleloader rounds. From experience, deer hit well with these types of slugs go down quickly.
Note: Shells are 2.75 inches long, five to a box. The 12-gauge version weighs an ounce; 20-gauge weighs three-quarters of an ounce.
MSRP: $15-$17. Available this summer.
What: The XD in this new Browning turkey hunting load stands for "extra distance." A new aerodynamically stabilized wad helps achieve tighter patterns downrange. The lead shot is nickel plated with plastic resin buffering. The 12-gauge, 3-inch loads have 1 5/8 ounces of shot, while the magnum 3.5-inch loads have 1 7/8 ounces. Shot size ranges from 4 to 6. The single 20-gauge offering is a 3-inch shell with 1 1/4 ounces of No. 5 shot. Ten to a box.
Note: All shells deliver 1,200 feet per second performance at the muzzle.
MSRP: Selling for about $15 a box.
WINCHESTER LONG BEARD XR
What: This long-range, lethal turkey load is a favorite in 12 gauge, so why not make it in 20 gauge? Available now in size 5 and 6 shot, with 1¼-ounce loads. Ten to a box.
Note: The XR is sure to become a favorite of hunters seeking a little less recoil while retaining downrange performance.
MSRP: Selling for about $20
WINCHESTER VARMINT X LEAD FREE
What: Some of the best predator hunting is in western states, but many locales are requiring hunters to use lead-free ammo. These new bullets are copper jacketed with a zinc core.
Note: Available in .17 Winchester Super Magnum rimfire, .243 Win., .223 Remington and .22-250 centerfire.
MSRP: $19-$43, depending on caliber