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When deer season arrives this fall or winter, .223 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor shooters will have a new option from Winchester: Deer Season XP ammo. The brand has been available since mid-2015, and its popularity has lead to continued expansion into more calibers, including popular ones like 6.5 CM, 300 BLK, and .223. Winchester’s press release follows:

Deer Season XP® Lineup to Now Include .223 and 6.5 Creedmoor 

EAST ALTON, Ill., July 19, 2017 – Deer hunting is still king over any type of hunting in the U.S. Deer Season XP was Winchester Ammunition’s first offering made specifically for that purpose. In 2017, it will be joined by one of the most popular modern sporting rifle (MSR) chamberings, the .223 Remington, as well as 6.5 Creedmoor, which has grown in popularity for its flat-shooting, long-range capability.

With more hunters owning and shooting MSR rifles chambered in .223 Rem., the new Deer Season XP offers a 64-grain bullet specifically designed for deer hunting (where it is legal for use in deer hunting). The 6.5 Creedmoor has been growing in popularity, not just at the range, but in the hunting woods as well. The introduction of a 125-grain 6.5 Creedmoor offering solidifies the round as an ultra-effective deer load. The loads will come 20 rounds to a box.

Key features of Deer Season XP include:

•  Bigger Tip. Bigger Impact.® – Radically large-impact-diameter design expands immediately upon contact to deliver the energy needed for massive knockdown power
•  Accuracy – Deer Season XP flies straight thanks to the Extreme Point® polymer tip, tapered bullet jacket and precision swaged lead core
•  Price – Top shelf performance at a great price

“By including the .223 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor in our Deer Season XP lineup, we now join the most popular type of hunting with two additional calibers,” said Matt Campbell, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales.

In addition to the new offerings, Deer Season XP is also available in:

•  .243 Win. – 95 gr.
•  .270 Win. – 130 gr.
•  .270 WSM – 130 gr.
•  7mm-08 Rem. – 140 gr.
•  7mm Rem. Mag. – 140 gr.
•  .308 Win. – 150 gr.
•  30-30 Win. – 150 gr.
•  .30-06 Springfield – 150 gr.
•  .300 Win. Mag. – 150 gr.
•  .300 WSM – 150 gr.
•  300 Blackout – 150 gr.

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  1. I’ve been hunting white tail without issue using federal fusion .223 for years now with my ruger mini14.

    Good to see new options for a little appreciated and utterly capable deer hunting round.

    • Glad there are more .223 hunting choices. Now just add some subsonic ((210+gr) .300 BLK to the list. Note, subsonic. I saw the supersonic (150gr) on the list.

  2. If only .223 was legal in Virginia…………………………………………………………..

  3. If it has the same low expansion velocity as the regular power point this will be great SBR ammo.

  4. Why not buy a rifle chambered for a cartridge more appropriate for deer hunting? Or why not use a shotgun with slugs? Why risk shooting large game with a 22 and losing it?

    • Risking an uneducated guess here:

      If I had to guess, I would guess that one reason might be this:
      Some people must practice “the little economies”: they can’t afford more than one long gun, or they don’t want to store more than one caliber of ammunition, or they don’t have the permission of the rest of the family to buy another gun.

      There are families that use .270 WIN for everything.

      If another guy already has a MSR chambered in .223 REM, and decides to give deer hunting a try, why require him to buy another rifle right then? Maybe he’ll be able to afford a gun chambered in a larger caliber in another ten years. . . .

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