Winchester Ammunition announced an expansion of Deer Season. Well, the Deer Season XP line of hunting ammunition anyway. For 2016, the company added three new loads to the line. The new offerings are in 7mm-08, .30-30 Win and 300 BLK.
Deer Season XP loads use a polymer tipped bullet that is specifically designed for North American deer such as the white tail. When the line was first announced in the fall of 2014, it included eight popular calibers including these favorites: .243 Win, .270 Win, .308 Win and .30-06 Sprg. An expansion of the line suggests the loads have been selling well for the company.
The 7mm-08 Rem load uses a 140 grain bullet. It is rated for 2,800 fps at the muzzle. The .30-30 Win uses a slightly heavier bullet: 150 grains. According to Winchester, this load makes for 2,390 fps when the bullet exits the barrel.
With the 300 BLK round, Wincheter opted for a supersonic load, which seems to make the best sense for many people’s deer hunting needs. The round loads a 150 grain bullet to 1,900 fps.
Winchester positions these rounds to be an affordable alternative to some of the premium hunting loads that are on the market. While there is little doubt you can spend more money on ammo, I suspect that most people will be well served by this line and can keep a few extra dollars in their wallets.