Browning Ammunition recently introduced the BXV line: a new line of hunting ammo designed for predator and varmint shooting. The ammunition uses small caliber, lightweight bullets at velocities in excess of 3,000 fps to achieve flat shooting loads with immediate expansion in the target.
Browning Ammunition is using a polymer tipped bullet in these loads. Many of the varmint loads today are using polymer tips, so it is no surprise to see Browning following suit. The polymer tip is said to increase the reliability of expansion at all ranges while also providing an improved ballistic coefficient. According to the company, this helps to make the ammunition “the best there is in predator and varmint ammunition.”
Four cartridges will be supported in the initial roll out: .22 Hornet, .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington and .243 Winchester.
The .22 Hornet will use a 35 grain bullet. According to Browning Ammunition, this round will make 3,100 fps at the muzzle. Even with such a light bullet, that works out to be nearly 750 ft-lbs of energy.
Stepping up to the .223 Rem, the company opted for a 50 grain polymer tipped bullet. This cartridge shows 3,400 fps at the muzzle with nearly 1,300 ft-lbs of energy.
Of course, the .22-250 is a zippy cartridge, and this load has a rated velocity of 3,800 fps. The 50 grain bullet has more than 1,600 ft-lbs of energy when it leaves the barrel.
The final cartridge, the .243 Win, uses a heavier 65 grain bullet. Even so, it still is listed as having 3,400 fps. It also has more energy than the other loads with a calculated 1,668 ft-lbs.
All of the loads have nickel plated cases and sell in boxes of 20 rounds. Browning has not announced a MSRP for these.