Coming this year to a dealer near you: Browning Ammunition. What? No. The ammo stays a nice, constant, shiny color. Browning is just the familiar name on the box. Well, not familiar at all for making ammunition. Winchester, on the other hand, is far from new to gun food, which is why Browning chose to partner with them in this endeavor. Over the course of 2016, Browning Ammunition will release proprietary loads for pistols, rifles, and shotguns . . .
At Range Day I snagged a Belgian Browning Hi-Power and shot a magazine worth of the BXP Personal Defense 9mm — photo of the box above — through it. This is a 147 grain load with what Browning is calling the X-POINT bullet.
It’s a patented (a patent owned by Winchester’s parent company) hollow point self-defense round that will be offered in .380 ACP, 9mm Luger, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP this year.
It was mild on recoil and blast.
Like Winchester has done with its Train and Defend series, Browning is releasing target ammunition that is a ballistic match for the self-defense fodder. In Browning’s case it’s called the BPT, or Browning Performance Target. They’re FMJ loads with the same bullet weight, powder charge, and bullet profile (flat points designed to match the X-POINTs shape) as the HPs, with the same, nickel-plated cases.
Rifle rounds will be available this year for .243 Win, .270 Win, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, and .300 Win Mag. Projectiles will come in at least two flavors: rapid expansion for deer and controlled expansion for larger and/or tougher game.
For both rifles and pistols, Browning will be making two .22 LR loads. They’re both loaded hot, with either a 37 grain fragmenting bullet or a 40 grain hollow point. The 40-grainer is actually the stronger load, with a stated muzzle velocity of 1,435 FPS.
On the shotgun front, there’s no shortage of options for target shooting and bird hunting in 12, 16, and 20 gauge.