Browning Introduces BXR Ammunition for Deer Hunting

Browning Ammunition introduces the BXR Rapid Expansion Matrix Tip™ for deer hunting, providing millions of hunters with “The Best There Is™.”

The BXR Rapid Expansion Matrix Tip is designed specifically for use on whitetail, blacktail, mule deer and antelope. The proprietary matrix tip design allows for high downrange velocity and energy retention while also initiating rapid positive expansion. The jacket and tip combination yields precision accuracy, rapid energy transfer and generates massive knockdown power. Read more

Shotshell Now Added to Winchester Varmint X Line

GW: Wow! If this stuff performs anything like the Winchester Long Beard turkey shells, it will be a big hit! Now if we could only get them to make me some with 9 shot for crow hunting…

Varmint X® Line Now Includes a 12-Gauge Shotshell with Shot-Lok® TechnologyEAST ALTON, Ill. – Since its introduction, Varmint X centerfire loads have been the ones savvy predator hunters turn to for accurate, dependable performance each time they head into the field. But not every predator chaser hunts the wide-open expanses common to western country. In fact, as coyotes and other varmints continue to expand and solidify their presence, predators are increasingly being hunted in heavily forested, brushy terrain where shots are often closer and must be made quickly on incoming or retreating targets. In these situations, a shotgun is the ideal choice.

For those hunters, Varmint X now has an answer in the form of a new shotshell added to the line that boasts Winchester’s proven Shot-Lok Technology. Shot-Lok Technology includes a liquid gel that surrounds the pellets in the shot cup and then hardens. When fired, the shot launches from the barrel nearly perfectly round as the hardened resin fractures and disperses like any shotshell buffer. The result is extremely tight, long-range patterns. When used in other Winchester products such as Long Beard XR® and Rooster XR®, hunters have been able to achieve reliable patterns much farther out than standard shotshell loads of the same gauge and shot size—adding even as much as an additional 20 yards in reliable shot distance.

The new Varmint X shotshell load will be available in a 3-inch offering loaded with 1½ ounces of plated BBs that leave the muzzle at 1,300 fps. At 40 yards and beyond, hunters can expect to deliver up to 12 inches of penetration combined with enough devastating knockdown power to handle the largest coyotes, foxes and more.

“Until now, predator hunters who use shotguns have had to use shotshells designed for other game. This dedicated load with Shot-Lok Technology offers them the proven performance they need from a shotshell to deliver tight patterns at longer distances and will work perfectly on a broad range of predators,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing, sales and strategy. Read more

Lyman Cyclone Tumbler

Achieve a Mirror Shine with a Single Spin Cycle!The Cyclone Rotary Tumbler takes brass cleaning to a whole new level. The rotary tumbling action combined with the stainless steel media and liquid cleaning solution gets brass cleaner on the outside in a one hour cycle than vibratory tumbling methods. The small stainless pins easily slip inside cases and into primer pockets to provide superior cleaning action in these areas. The large capacity drum holds up to 1000 pieces of .223 brass and features a rubber lining to protect brass and greatly reduce noise during operation. A built in timer in the base can be set to run from 0 to 3 hours, shutting off automatically. The drum features a large end cap to allow easy loading and unloading. In addition, the tumbler comes with a pair of unique sifter pans which makes separating pins from the cases a breeze! Simply empty the tumbler into the stacked pans. The first pan catches the brass, while the second fine screen pan catches the pins. Five pounds of stainless media pins and a sample packet of Brass Cleaning Solution are also included.

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Price: $229.95 (MSRP) Part #7631550

Aguila Ammunition Now Available at Cabela’s

CONROE, TEXAS – Texas Armament & Technology (TxAT)/Aguila Ammunition’s growth continues! Aguila’s rimfire and centerfire product lines can now be found at Cabela’s.

“Having our products available in Cabela’s is a significant step forward for our brand. The Aguila brand continues to generate significant awareness and demand. That, combined with the quality of our products and our reliable delivery, played a huge factor in Cabela’s choosing to stock Aguila Ammunition. You know your products have gained respect in the industry when they can be found at this leading retailer,” says John Domolky, Director of Sales for TxAT/Aguila Ammunition. Read more

The Rationale for Rimfire Ammo Shortages

By Glen Wunderlich

On a recent visit to the local Cheap Mart, I stopped by the sporting goods department and inquired about the availability of .22 long rifle ammunition.  The clerk, who must tire of the question, was quick to respond with the same old answer I’ve heard for the past few years:  Nothing.  I had a hunch thing were changing, and according to the information provided, I was correct.  Instead of receiving one shipment per month, the store now gets deliveries twice a month.  However, the result is the same:  People gobble it up before it can collect dust on the shelves, and therefore, the average consumer never has much of an opportunity to purchase any.

While there are myriad reasons why consumers continue to hoard the most popular ammunition in the world, I’ll not get into conspiracy theories as to their rationale; it doesn’t change the fact it’s about as scarce as hen’s teeth.

At the same time, however, there is reason to believe that we may be on the threshold of some relief.  As I scan some of the largest mail-order web sites, I’ve noticed some of the “inexpensive” American-made rimfire ammo in stock.  In a mixed up world where boys can be girls and girls can be boys the term “inexpensive” is relative.  Compared to any other ammo the diminutive rimfire rounds, the .22 ammo remains the least expensive.  But, like the days of the good 5-cent cigar – if there ever really was such a thing – those days are behind us.  Run-of-the-mill .22 rimfire ammo from manufacturers such as Remington, Winchester, Federal, etc. is approximately $5 for that same 50-round box, when and where you find it.

Two words sum up circumstances:  supply and demand.  Mark Keefe of the National Rifle Association explains that demand has increased dramatically yet no large American ammunition maker has added a new rimfire ammunition plant. Remington has one in Arkansas, Winchester has one in Mississippi, Federal has one in Minnesota and CCI has one in Idaho. They have been running full-out since 2008 and have been expanding plants as possible—and they are as efficient as they possibly can be.

Expanding rimfire production is problematic.  A rimfire ammunition plant requires a priming area that is something that has not been newly fabricated in the United States probably for 40 years. Of course, the big American ammunition makers have updated theirs, but they have not added any brand-new facilities at new locations. It is the priming operation of rimfire ammunition manufacture that takes the large amount of production time.

Frankly, it’s not easy and there are numerous safeguards in place because this is a fairly dangerous manufacturing operation trying to squeegee the wet priming compound into the case rims of rimfire cartridges. And the manufacture of priming compound, which is highly explosive, is not for the careless or squeamish. Trying to obtain financing and insurance for the creation of a new rimfire plant could be an issue, as well. And if billions of dollars were to be sunk into a new rimfire plant—if a location could be found and approved—would the demand stay high enough to justify it?

The bottom line is that producing rimfire ammo is not as profitable as churning out centerfire ammo and that’s not about to change any more than stout demand.

The good news is that some foreign manufacturers that have existing rimfire plants are putting more rimfire ammunition—imported ammunition—into the commercial market here in the U.S.

If you’re having trouble obtaining affordable rimfire ammunition locally, try some of the Internet ammunition retailers, including Midway USA, Mid-South Shooters Supply, and Brownells, because availability has increased recently.

Caldwell G2 Chronograph and Duramax Targets

Caldwell® Ballistic Precision G2 Chronograph
The Caldwell Ballistic Precision G2 Chronograph flips conventional chronograph technology upside-down. By inverting the system, the Ballistic Precision G2 Chronograph is able to more accurately measure velocity from point to point than conventional chronographs, and even works indoors! This collapsible, compact system is quick and easy to deploy, making it the perfect addition to take to the range.

Calibrated to within +/- 0.25% of the true velocity
· Bluetooth® enabled to interface with smartphone app

· Ideal for firearms, archery, airgun and paintball

· 18″ sensor spacing for maximum accuracy Read more

RCBS’ New M1000 Scale for Serious Reloaders

The New RCBS M1000 Scale Weighs 1,000 Grains with +/-0.1-Grain AccuracyOVERLAND PARK, Kansas – The new M1000 mechanical scale provides right- or left-handed operation and a wealth of big-time features at an affordable price.

“We offer ultra-reliable equipment for serious reloaders,” said Curtis Smith, RCBS Product Director. “For those who choose mechanical scales, accuracy and reliability are top priorities. The new M1000 scale provides exactly that for both left- and right-handed users.”

Featuring a proven design that lets you weigh up to 1,000 grains with +/-0.1-grain accuracy, the M1000 also offers RCBS’ magnetic damping system for fast readings, and maintenance-free movement. The tip-proof metal pan makes loading easier. Read more

Armscor-Rock Island Armory Summer Kickoff Ammo Giveaway

LAS VEGAS, NEV. – Armscor®-Rock Island Armory® (RIA) is kicking off the summer with a special promotion for its TCM Series fans. Any purchase of the M22 TCM BA rifle qualifies the buyer for a free box of TCM ammo upon registering the firearm with Armscor-RIA.How to participate
For a limited time only, purchase the M22 TCM BA rifle and earn your free box of ammo. Here’s how:
1. Purchase an Armscor-RIA TCM rifle

2. Go to

3. Register your gun

4. Receive a code for your free box of TCM ammo

5. Redeem your code on

For more information on the promotion go to: Read more

Butler Creek Releases 25-round Magazine for Savage Arms A17 Rifle

Butler Creek and Savage Arms Collaborate to Offer Even More PerformanceOVERLAND PARK, Kansas –– Butler Creek, a leading producer of firearm accessories has collaborated with industry-leading firearm manufacturer Savage Arms to offer a new 25-round magazine for the wildly popular Savage A17 semiautomatic .17 HMR rifle.

The new Savage Arms approved magazines allow users to spend more time behind the rifle and less time reloading it. These reliable magazines can be loaded traditionally or by using a loading assist lever on the side. The product features a stainless steel spring with an all metal header and feed lips. Two magazines can be clipped together for even more uninterrupted trigger-time. The round count indicator on the side will tell users when ammo is running low. Read more

Federal Premium 9mm Micro HST Personal Defense for Short-Barreled Pistols

ANOKA, Minnesota –– Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce its expansion of the Micro HST lineup to include a 150-grain 9mm Luger load. The new 9mm Luger load is specifically designed for short-barreled, concealed-carry pistols. Shipments of this new product are now being delivered to dealers.Subcompact handguns’ sleek, lightweight designs make them an ideal choice for concealed carry. To perform to their peak, these firearms need the right ammunition: Federal Premium Personal Defense Micro HST. The line, introduced in 2015 with the 380 Micro HST, provides consistent expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance with bullet weights and propellants optimized for the most efficient cycling and accuracy in subcompact handguns. Read more
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