Winchester Expands Deer Season

Deer Season

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.

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  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Looks like Winny’s attempt to compete with Hornady’s ELD-X line.

    • FightFireJay

      In construction these would be more like a Hornady SST or Nosler Ballistic Tip. They don’t have the non-melty tip like the ELD-X and also appear to be relatively straight forward in construction.

      • TheSmellofNapalm

        So why even make them.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    I wont complain about more polymer tipped higher BC .30-30 bullets.

  • kregano

    Going with supersonic ammo for .300 Blackout makes total sense to me. Unless the Hearing Protection Act or something like it passes, there’s not a lot of incentive for companies like Winchester to make subsonic .300 Blackout hunting rounds.

    That said, it would be nice if Winchester actually put the new stuff on their webpage, but I guess the IT guys haven’t gotten the memo and/or files yet.

  • TechnoTriticale

    So are these high temperature polymer tips, or elastomer tips, or both.

    And is the .30-30 different, as it would need to be either a flat tip or elastomer to be safe in a tubular magazine. The Winchester site was distinctly unhelpful on these questions.

    • #?livesmatter

      Which questions are you referring to?

  • Laserbait

    It’d be nice if the made some WSSM brass/ammo while they’re at it.