Winchester Train & Defend Tested by ShootingTheBull

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I love ShootingTheBull, mostly because he is no-BS. That, and a through tester, highly entertaining, and generally knowledgeable about terminal ballistics.

His latest test is of Winchester’s Train & Defend ammunition, a novel line that pairs a matching set of conventional round-nose ammo (the “train” portion) and hollow-points (the “defend”). In short, Winchester get its right. The rounds match and the “defend” ammunition performs admirably.

I expect to see other companies offering similar matching ammunition in the future. It just makes too much (financial) sense not to.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • MIke

    I am very surprised this offering actually delivers what it is supposed to. I figured it was just crappy hollow points in a box of range ammo to charge more $$

  • Jeff Smith

    Not only does it perform well, it’s fairly cheap compared to other defensive ammo. I’ve been seeing it for $15-$18 per box of 20 rounds for the Defend ammo.

    • Dan

      That has been my experience as well, both boxes have been at the cheaper end. I was always curious as to how they performed.

  • jeff k

    this stuff has the best penetration!! every review ive seen they push to 15-16″ consistent

  • It is worth noting that this is the only ammo I have found that jams MP5s.

    • wetcorps

      #firstworldproblems ^^

  • Grindstone50k

    Well, just found a belated Christmas present for some of the 9mm users in the family.

  • I just need to find a bullet/powder load to replicate the Train ammo in my reloads.