Winchester Expands Super X Line with New 28 Gauge Loads

Winchester Super X

Winchester Ammunition’s Super X line is one of the most recognized brands in the ammo world, and the company continues to develop and expand the offerings sold in the line. This year the company added two new 28 gauge loads to the line.

Both of the new loads are specifically designed for upland hunting. The shot shells are 2.75″ long and loaded with 3/4 of an ounce of lead shot. One load uses number 5 shot while the other uses number 6. Both loads are rated to leave the barrel at 1,295 feet per second.

In addition to the 28 gauge being softer on the shoulder than many other gauges, Winchester classifies these two loads as being “reduced recoil” options. So, these rounds might be a good starting point for a novice hunter who needs to learn technique and not throw the heaviest, hardest hitting load possible.

Of course, Winchester released other new ammunition offerings this year. One of the other Super X introductions was the 17 Winchester Super Magnum Power Core. This hot rimfire round pushes a 20 grain solid copper hollow point to 2,875 fps. Granted, that is a light bullet. Even with a very light projectile, the blistering velocity from a rimfire is impressive. At the muzzle, that works out to be more than 380 foot pounds of energy.

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  • Austin

    So a 3″ .410 payload with more powder

  • guest

    I’ll take “what is the very last thing the world needed” for $1000, Alex.

    In the meantime, there is still a critical shortage of .22 LR and prices have doubled or more since 2012.

    It never ceases to astound me how in the middle of the worst ammunition shortage since World War II, the ammunition companies are introducing new things that nobody wanted–seriously, how many hand-made English doubles in 28 gauge do you own?–when you still can’t get .22 LR for love or money in most of the country.

    Everything in .17 caliber is going to be discontinued and forgotten in five years, everything with “short action” or “ultra magnum” in its name, anything with “blackout” in its name, it’s all gimmick boutique cartridges nobody wanted, nobody needed, and nobody asked for, while our .22s sit around collecting dust because we’re not willing to go on Armslist and pay the hoarders, scalpers, speculators, and price gougers thirty cents a round for 4-cent-a-round bulk pack crap to shoot them.

    I’m starting to wonder whether it’s on purpose–whether the ammunition manufacturers are colluding to introduce all this garbage and waste production capacity on it in order to prolong what I’m sure is a very, very profitable shortage for them.

    • LG

      Try to find 17 HM2 !!

    • PK

      And here I was, being excited over more 28ga choices.

    • derpmaster

      I can walk into the sporting goods store down the street from me and get 100 packs of Winchester mini-mag knockoff 22LR rounds any day of the week. It all depends on your location.

      I don’t think there is any kind of grand conspiracy at work here.

    • Duray

      You think 22 rimfire and 28 gauge shot shells share a production line? Besides, my local cabelas has stacks and stacks of 22 on the shelf.

    • Ryobiwankenobi

      Unfortunately rimfire production requires very expensive dedicated production lines for a product with not a lot of margin. The centerfield production lines are much easier to set up and change up, wether you are a giant manufacturer with the latest “ultra”,”short action”, or “AR” round or a guy who reloads on a large scale in a really big garage and sells online or at gun shows after getting your Title 6 FFL..

  • Bill

    28 gauges are for people who can’t handle 16 gauges.