As 2009 begins to close, Winchester Ammunition announced a wide range of new loads for 2010. Â These new loads will be shown at the SHOT Show in January, and will be released to the public shortly thereafter. Â We will be at the show and will bring you additional information as we can from the good folks at Winchester.
.338 Win Mag Â E-Tip
Winchester Ammunition is expanding the E-Tip line of hunting loads with the addition of the .338 Win Mag.Â The .338 Win Mag will feature a 200 grain E-Tip bullet.Â Velocities have not yet been released by Winchester.Â Expect to see this cartridge on your dealer’s shelves in June of 2010. Â (Ed. update – As of 2013, this load is no longer listed on the Winchester Ammunition website.)
12 Gauge PDX12 Slug/OO Shell
In one of the more interesting offerings for 2010, Winchester Ammunition is introducing a 12 gauge cartridge that contains a one ounce rifled slug with three plated 00-buck pellets loaded on top of it.Â The slug features Winchester’s Power Point technology.Â The 2 3/4″ shell is a reduced recoil load and is due out in March of 2010.
I don’t know if the three 00 pellets add any additional stopping power to the full ounce slug, but I know I would not want to be on the receiving end of it.
.380 ACP PDX1 Ammo
Expanding the Supreme Elite Bonded PDX1 line of ammunition, Winchester added a .380 ACP load for 2010. Â Due in February of 2010, the new .380 load features a bonded 95 grain JHP. Â The round is rated at 1000 fps at the muzzle, which is typical for this caliber. Â Hopefully, Winchester will make enough of this ammo to meet demand in 2010!
Ballistic Silvertip in .223 and .22-250
Winchester Ammunition announced a March 2010 shipping date for the new Ballistic Silvertip Lead-Free ammunition loaded in .223 Remington and 22-250 Remington. Â Both loads feature a 35 grain fragmenting copper core bullet that is ‘designed to explode on impact.’ Â The lead-free bullet was developed specifically for varmint hunting.
.45-70 Government Loads
Two new loads for the .45-70 Gov’t will be offered by Winchester Ammunition in 2010.
Available in May 2010, Winchester will be offering a 300 grain Ballistic Silvertip load for the .45-70.Â Winchester says the bullet will have a plastic tip, and the bullet will be coated in black oxide to reduce barrel fouling.
The second new load, a 375 grain Supreme Elite Dual Bond, will be available in June 2010.Â The .45-70 Gov’t loading will have similar deep penetrating characteristics that the other loads in this line have.