Winchester’s New Win3Gun 3-Gun Ammo Line

Winchester recently announced their new Win3Gun line of ammo made specifically for 3-gun competitions. It’s designed to be more reliable, accurate and cleaner burning. Winchester will be offering their new Win3Gun line in 9mm, 40S&W, 45ACP, 5.56mm with a 55-grain bullet and 12-guage shotgun in both 7 1/2 shot and 00 buckshot. The new Win3Gun will debut sometime in 2014, but with ammo demand still at record highs I wonder if Winchester will ramp up ammo production even more to bring this to market.

EAST ALTON, Ill. (Dec. 18, 2013) – 3-Gun competition has quickly become one of the most exciting and rapidly growing fields of shooting sports. With a dual emphasis on shooting speed and accuracy, Winchester recognized the need to create their own custom loads in order meet the demands of the sport. For 2014, Winchester® Ammunition has created the all-new Win3Gun™ line to provide competition-grade ammunition that comes ready for action.

All pistol cartridges (9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP) in the Win3Gun line use lead-free primers and heel-encapsulated bullets. This makes the pistol offerings incredibly clean firing, which in turn keeps the compensator ports of popular competition pistols clean and free of vaporized lead.

The Win3Gun line also includes a centerfire rifle round in 5.56mm with a 55-grain bullet and two 12-gauge shotgun loads with 7 ½ shot and 00 buckshot. All offerings are ideal for 3-Gun competition.

“3-Gun competition presents a very unique set of challenges and our engineers have stepped up to give competitors a new brand of Winchester ammunition on which they can stake their reputations,” said Brett Flaugher, vice president of sales, marketing and strategy for Winchester Ammunition. “Win3Gun meets the power factor requirements of most competitive shooting leagues and is designed for great functionality, speed, cleanliness and winning.”

Specifications for the new Win3Gun line include:

SKU Description Weight
X9TG 9mm 147 gr.
X40TG 40 S&W 180 gr.
X45TG 45 ACP 230 gr.

Centerfire Rifle
SKU Description Weight
X556TG 5.56mm 55 gr.
X556TG 5.56

Shot Shell
SKU Description Weight
XLT127TG 12 Gauge 7 ½ shot
XB1200TG 12 Gauge 00

About Winchester Ammunition
With a company heritage dating back to 1866, Winchester Ammunition was there for the taming of the American West, the Allied Forces’ victory in World War II and through the years, millions of fond memories made in the great outdoors. Known as The American Legend™, Winchester is a global leader in sporting, law enforcement, military and personal defense ammunition production. Winchester continues to raise the bar with new products like Long Beard™ XR™ and Winchester Defender® personal defense ammunition.

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  • gunslinger

    so, what is “competition ready?” i thought i heard about having less powder for a more manageable recoil?

  • Beju

    The lead-free primers in the 9mm WinClean we used in the academy were great for getting training in clearing malfunctions while doing live fire. That, and knocking qualifying scores down a few points due to lost time for the unlucky.

  • Thomaspayne

    How about less gimmick ammo & instead more sub $0.25 priced ammunition?

  • Dave Lange

    I’m curious why they chose to make 00 buck instead of reduced recoil slugs. I can count the number of stages I’ve used buckshot for on one hand, but slugs generally get used for at least one stage at every club match, and 2-3 at a big match.

    Also, they need to add a longer range .223/5.56, something in the 68-77 gr weight range. 55s have way too much drop past 300 or so, and at the big matches there’s always at least one long range stage.

  • skizzums

    unless your a billionaire, i would think any 3-gunner will also be a reloader after 2 or 3 matches
    i agree with payne, give us more plinnking ammo and save $$ on the marketing

  • Lee

    Yea, they just don’t get it. Its about quality in volume… Your not gonna sell to people who hand load if you can’t offer a comparable product at a comparable price…

    They want to market to 3-gunners, bring back those walmart $34.99 100 round value pack of 55gr FMJ-BT .223rem…