Winchester’s New Steel Shellcase Ammo Aims to Leave More Money in Your Wallet

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In order to maximize range time while minimizing cost, lots of shooters feed their guns steel cased ammo. The only problem – most of it is imported from Comblock countries. East Alton ammo giant Winchester’s out to give gunnies a domestic option. They’ve just announced their new USA Forged line of steel cased ammunition that will let you shoot more and spend less. Press release after the jump . . .

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Is There Any Point to .22LR Any More [Content Contest]

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By Bryce Adam Prescott

It seems like not long ago a shooter could enter a gun store or Walmart and pick up a bulk pack of .22LR (usually around 500 rounds) for about $20 and have at least one fun trip of shooting; if not more. Unfortunately, those days are gone. Will they ever come back? Who knows. There are many hypotheses as to why the shortage and increased prices exist. Theses hypotheses vary from increased interest in shooting, more guns chambered for .22LR (which includes conversion kits), “prepping”, worries about ammo restrictions, etc. There is probably some truth in each of these hypotheses. Many also claim the small profit margins of .22LR offer little incentive for companies to pump out more ammo . . .

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New from Federal Ammunition: American Eagle Syntech Ammunition

Federal Premium American Eagle Syntech Ammo

Press release:

Anoka, Minnesota – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce a whole new concept for range ammunition with introduction of American Eagle Syntech. American Eagle Syntech is the first range-specific ammunition designed to reduce fouling and extend barrel life with a high-tech polymer bullet coating. Combined with specialized clean-burning powders, your gun will stay cleaner, longer, so you can shoot more—and shoot better. The exclusive Catalyst primer provides the most reliable, consistent ignition possible . . .

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New From Redball: Hi-Point 9mm Carbine 20-Round Magazine

Red ball 20-round magazine for Hi-Point 9mm carbine

Press Release:

Dayton OH – (AmmoLand.com) – Hi-Point 9mm (Model 995) carbines are known for their robust construction, accuracy, reliability, and affordability. The only “problem”: the 9mm Hi-Point OEM magazines hold 10 rounds. For engineering reasons and due to the huge volume of sales of the 9mm carbine with the 10-round magazine, there were no plans by Hi-Point to make a higher capacity magazine. The solution . . .

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Gear Review: HPR Ammunition

45 auto HPR Ammunition in the Ruger Redhawk revolver shot well.

By Bob Shell (seriously) [via Ammoland.com]

With the demand for ammunition, many new companies have sprung up to meet the needs of the marketplace. One of the newer companies: HPR Ammunition located in Payson, AZ. They advertise that everything is made in the US. That is a refreshing change. They offer the most popular handgun rounds plus the 223, 300 AC Blackout and the 308 all in various loadings. HPR needs to provide a reason to buy their brand such as an attractive price, high quality, or a good selection of bullets . . .

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New From Daniel Defense: 300 BLK Ammunition

Daniel Defense - First Choice 300 AAC Blackout Ammunition

There was a time when the gunblogsphere dismissed 300 AAC Blackout. Developed by AAC and Remington under the auspices of Kevin Brittingham, the 7.62×35mm ammo was seen as yet another boutique cartridge destined for obscurity. Shooters soon discovered that 300 BLK offered more-than-merely adequate terminal ballistics and improved flash and sound suppression for their AR-style rifles, requiring only a barrel change. The only significant downside: the bullet starts heading for the dirt at 460 meters (480 yards). And so, here we are, with Daniel Defense offering both gun and now ammo for 300 BLK enthusiasts. Press release after the jump . . .

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Blitzer Rail Gun Ready for Sea Trials

“Just when you thought we’d nailed the art of firing chunks of metal at each other at immense speeds,” dailymail.co.uk snarks, “a US weapons firm has shown it can do it faster. An electromagnetic railgun has been tested firing bullets at Mach 6 – six times the speed of sound. Designed by San Diego-based General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS), the Blitzer railgun uses electromagnets to send its projectiles hurtling off at thousands of miles per hour.” That would be six times the speed of sound. The main advantages over traditional explosives are stated as improved safety – due to less explosives on board – and could drastically reduce the costs.” Reduced costs. Sure.

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The .41 Magnum Cartridge: Underrated and Unappreciated

.41 Magnum (courtesy midway.com)Doug Gilmer writes [via Ammoland.com] 

The .41 Magnum ammunition is the most underrated, and unappreciated of all magnum handgun cartridges. While still maintaining a healthy following, it is widely overlooked. This is unfortunate, it is a widely capable handgun cartridge. It is a far better big game cartridge then the .357 Magnum and a better defensive cartridge then the .44 Magnum. With the right loads, there is not much the 41 Magnum ammo cannot do . . .

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