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New Winchester Rifles for 2014

Winchester Big Loop rifle

At the 2014 SHOT Show, Winchester Repeating Arms will introduce several new rifles to the company’s catalog.  These include a new versions of the Model 1873, the Model 1885 Hunter Rimfire and the Model 1892 Large Loop Carbine.

The Model 1873 is one of the classic American rifles.  For 2014, Winchester will be offering the rifles in .44-40 Win and .45 Colt now.

Additionally, the company will make a color case hardened 1873 rifle.  The color case hardened model will have a 20″ barrel and will come in .357 Magnum, .44-40 Win and .45 Colt.  MSRP will be $1,579.99.

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Ammunition

Winchester Making New 1911 Ammo

Win1911 ammoWinchester Ammunition announced they are now making a new line of .45 ACP ammo for the 1911 platform pistol.  The WIN1911 ammunition will come in two variations: one uses a FMJ bullet, while the other uses a JHP.  Both loads are designed to shoot to the same point of aim.

The FMJ load uses a flat nose bullet.  Winchester claims the load is built for “high accuracy” and produces “precision groups.”  Winchester does not identify the exact bullet used in the JHP load, so I would expect it is a traditional bullet rather than a highly-engineered bullet like the SXT.

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Winchester Model 1873 Short Rifle

Winchester 1873

As mentioned in a previous report of SHOT Show rumors, Winchester Repeating Arms is re-introducing the classic Model 1873 short rifle in 2013.  Considered by some as “the gun that won the west,” the new version of the classic lever action rifle will be chambered for the .357 Magnum and will also short the mild .38 Special cartridge.

The model 1873 has an oil-finished walnut stock with a straight grip.  The stock has a true-to-the-original crescent butt plate.  The metal is all blued steel. The Winchester 1873 has a 20″ round barrel and a full length tubular magazine.  The magazine will hold 11 .38 Special or 10 .357 Magnum cartridges.

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Winchester Power Core 95/5

Winchester announced a new line of affordable hunting ammo at the 2011 SHOT Show called the Power Core 95/5.  This new ammunition is an interesting collection of loads and they offer reasonable pricing.  The company recently published this video on YouTube to explain the new line of ammunition:

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Winchester Razorback XT Ammo

Winchester Razorback XT ammunitionRolling out in 2012 is the Winchester Razorback XT line of ammunition designed for hog hunting.  Initially, the Razorback XT will be loaded in .223 and .308.  The .223 will use a 64 grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of 3020 fps.  The .308 load will use a 150 grain bullet with a velocity of 2810 fps.

Two thoughts.  First, hunting wild pigs is really catching on, and it is nice to see the industry keeping up with the needs of their customers.  The Razorback XT might be the first line specifically developed for hogs, but I don’t think it will be the last.  Hog hunting is becoming hugely popular, and I can say it is both an enjoyable and needed activity.  Feral hogs are really causing problems in many areas of the country, and turning them into ham and bacon is a great way to spend the day.  Feed your family with these pests!