Winchester Razorback XT

Wincehster has designed a new lead-free bullet specifically tailored for hog hunting. The Winchester Razorback XT will be available next year (2012) in .223 Rem. (64gr) and .308 Win. (150gr).

The bullet is a hollow point and is designed to expand quickly and then penetrate deeply. The Skinny Mooth Hog Blog has reviewed the new round

The Razor Back is the first round completely designed with the hog hunter in mind. The bullet is lead-free, so that it can be used in every state (CA DFG certification is in the works). The initial release will be in 150 gr .308 and 64 gr .223, and is intended to make the round available for the growing AR market, as well as traditional rifles in these calibers. More calibers will be added to the line after it is rolled out.

The design of the bullet provides a deep, hollow point in a beveled profile to control the expansion. Full expansion is intended to occur shortly after impact, so that the bullet can penetrate the thick hide, big bones, and cartilage shields that hogs are known for. On this hunt, I didn’t see any pass-through body shots, but it was apparent that the bullets were hitting hard and delivering plenty of energy.

For the depredation hunter shooting at night, and for the sport hunter who may shoot at first or last light, Winchester has developed a powder that delivers a reduced flash. This allows the shooter to stay on target and not experience the night blindness that sometimes comes with a bright muzzle flash.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Lance

    Looks line good possible tactical ammo too.

  • Mike

    How would it work on two legged hogs?

  • Gso106

    The mechanics would be the same in both hogs and humans, hog and human anatomy is more similar than people usually think. As tactical ammo it would not yield an increase in performance over current tactical ammo.

    The problem is that tactical rounds like m855 yaw in the target until they fragment, throwing shards of metal in a cone like pattern throughout the body causing damage on many organs. While hunting rounds are designed to expand but retain mass and penetrate deeply. The difference is the hunting rounds stay on the shot line and limit damage to the meat and other organs that can spoil the meat, tactical rounds go off the original shorline but do not preserve the meat and because we don’t eat our enemies that’s ok.

    The business of staying on or off the shotline may be confusing at first. A hunter is typically skilled with a firearm and relaxed when taking a shot, they worry about shot placement as well as having a rifle with low dispersion.. Tactical environments have high stress and a much more loose rifle not to mention often soldiers have minimal rifle experience past basic training and qualification. Shots placement is not concentrated on and having a round that does damage off the shotline provides a higher probability of incapacitation

  • Ak-adventurer

    To heck with the ammo, I want to know more about the new powder!

    • daryll

      The razorback is a little over priced, but shoots very well in my ruger american .308 with 22 inch barrel and 1 in 10 twist. It is less than a 1 m.o.a, but a very hard bullet. Today, at about 150 yards, I shot 2 deer with 1 shot. The bullet passed through both animals with increased damage to the second deer. I assume it would be great for hogs or barrier penetration. If you are a deer hunter and take neck or shoulder shots then this bullet is for you.