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Winchester Issues Recall for 5.56 Ammo

 

Amid a national ammo shortage this is probably the last thing you want to hear. Winchester has issued a recall for some of their 5.56mm centerfire rifle ammo.

Amid a national ammo shortage this is probably the last thing you want to hear. Winchester has issued a recall for some of their 5.56mm centerfire rifle ammo.

The company stated in the recall notice that after an extensive evaluation they found that a single lot of Winchester 5.56mm M855 62 Grain Pene (penetrator) ammunition may contain incorrect propellant, an issue that if used may cause damage to the firearm or render it inoperable, or may cause injury to the shooter or bystanders.

The 5.56mm M855 is an economical brand that features a steel core and a green penetrating tip. Online it typically costs $10.

The company asks that you do not use the 5.56 ammo from boxes marked with the symbol number “ZGQ3308″ and the lot number “WCC10M106-004″. Both identifying numbers are stamped on outside of the 900-round shipping container, and on the outside of the 30-round box.

Winchester asks that if you do have a box of defective ammo to immediately discontinue using it and contact the company to exchange it at no cost to the consumer. You can contact Winchester at  866-423-5224 and they’ll arrange for free UPS pick-up. As soon as the company receives the package, a replacement box will be shipped out.

The company can also be reached via snail mail. If you have a questions relating to this issue write to Winchester at 600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 with “Attn: 5.56mm M855 Recall” at the top, or visit the company’s website atwww.winchester.com.

 

Winchester Adds Varmint HE 3/1 Segmenting Bullet To Rimfire Line-Up

Winchester® Ammunition continues to pioneer innovation and expand its rimfire offerings in 2011 by adding the Varmint HE™ 3/1 Segmenting expansion bullet to its rimfire hunting lineup.

The unique 3/1 segment design exclusive to Winchester, features a 37 gr plated HP fragmenting expansion bullet that delivers a blistering 1435 fps velocity, optimized for maximum accuracy. The programmed hollow-point fragments include three forward segments, plus a solid rear core designed to provide explosive impact energy plus penetration. In addition, the Varmint HE consists of non-corrosive priming and clean burning powder to generate a sure fire ignition every time.

“Without a doubt, Varmint HE ammunition provides explosive impact,” said Brett Flaugher, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition. “The 3/1 segmenting design makes this product truly innovative, but unlike other high energy bullets on the market, our new 3/1 fragmenting design allows initial impact shock, and deep penetration resulting in maximum terminal effect.”

The new Varmint HE Bullet features:
Velocity: 1435 fps
Grains: 37 gr
Bullet Type: 3/1 segmenting expansion bullet
Cartridge: 22LR
Availability: 2011

Winchester is Proud to be a Leader in the Shooting Sports
Winchester® Ammunition pledged $500,000 to permanently endow the NRA’s Marksmanship Qualification Program, thus becoming the exclusive sponsor of the officially renamed Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is a self-paced shooting development program. Open to adults and youngsters alike, the program measures an individual’s shooting proficiency against established par scores in 13 courses of fire across three disciplines: pistol, rifle and shotgun.

By supporting the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, Winchester is providing everyone the chance to explore the benefits that hunting and the shooting sports have to offer. To learn more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, please call 800-672-3888 ext. 1505or visit www.nrahq.org/youth.

Contact:
Chevalier Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Jonathan Harling: jonathan@chevalier-adv.com

Winchester Expands PDX1 Defender Line of Ammunition

The PDX1® Defender™ line continues to lead the industry in ammunition for personal defense. Winchester® expands its most innovative line to include new cartridges in the following categories:

357 Sig, 357 Mag (centerfire handgun)
223 Rem (centerfire rifle)
.410, 3-inch (shotshell)
.410/45 Combo Pack

Features of PDX1® Defender™ Centerfire Handgun 357 Sig, 357 Mag:

Proprietary bonding process-Welds lead and jacket together to work as a unit controlling expansion and providing superior retained weight.
Hollow point-Works with the bonding process for outstanding performance through tough barriers
Jacket notching-Six segments help promote positive, consistent and programmed expansion at a variety of impact velocities and ranges.
Copper alloy jacket-Contoured for maximum expansion over a wide range of velocities/ranges.
Nickel plated shellcase-Helps ensure positive gun function through smooth chambering and shellcase ejection.
SKUDescriptionBullet Wt.Velocity
S357SPDB357 Mag1251350
S357MPDB357 Mag1251325

Features of PDX1 Defender 223 Centerfire Rifle:

Given the recent popularity of modern sporting rifles (MSR) among shooters and hunters, Winchester has designed a product using Split Core Technology (SCT) for personal defense. The SCT technology, using a quick expansion front lead core and a deep driving bonded rear lead core, creates the ultimate 223 Rem Personal Defense load.

The PDX1® Defender™ 223 bullet weighs 60 grains with a velocity of 2750 feet per second.

SKUDescriptionBullet Wt.Velocity
S223RPDB223 Rem602750
Features of the 3 inch PDX1 Defender .410 Shotshell
Highly effective in both .410 compatible handguns and shotguns, the .410 PDX1 ammunition features a distinctive black hull and black oxide high-base head and combines four plated Defense Disc™ projectiles and 16 pellets of plated BB shot. The result is the ideal personal defense load for short range engagement with the performance needed to reduce aim error and stop threats. Designed for use in the Taurus Judge®, PDX1® .410 provides maximum protection at close range.
.410-gauge 3-inch load
4 Defense Disc™ projectiles with 16 Plated BBs
Velocity: 750 feet per second
10 rd. box
Features of the .410/45 Colt Combo Pack

Winchester introduces an ammunition combo pack for personal defense. The new distinct packaging will include 10 rounds of PDX1Defender 45 Colt ammunition (225 gr.) and 10 rounds of PDX1 Defender .410 2 ½ inch.

For more information about Winchester and its complete line of products, visit www.winchester.com.

Winchester is Proud to be a Leader in the Shooting Sports

Winchester Ammunition pledged $500,000 to permanently endow the NRA’s Marksmanship Qualification Program, thus becoming the exclusive sponsor of the officially renamed Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

The Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is a self-paced shooting development program. Open to adults and youngsters alike, the program measures an individual’s shooting proficiency against established par scores in 13 courses of fire across three disciplines: pistol, rifle and shotgun.

By supporting the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, Winchester is providing everyone the chance to explore the benefits that hunting and the shooting sports have to offer.

To learn more about the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, please call 800-672-3888 ext. 1505 or visit www.nrahq.org/youth.

WINCHESTER EXPANDS POWER MAX BONDED LINE-UP

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The Winchester® Ammunition Power Max Bonded® line, designed specifically for the whitetail deer hunter, continues the tradition of legendary excellence by offering hunters more calibers to choose from in 223 Rem., 325 WSM and 338 Win Mag.

Power Max Bonded ammunition is a jacketed bullet with a proprietary bonding process that delivers massive expansion long-range accuracy, and maximum knock-down power.

The bonding process welds lead to a copper alloy jacket where the two act together during expansion for improved penetration and retained weight.

“Power Max Bonded ammunition has proven to be lethal on whitetails all over North America, as well as other big game animals since we launched the product in 2009,” said Brett Flaugher, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition.  “For any whitetail hunter who is interested in bullet construction, accuracy and penetration, Power Max Bonded is it.”

Key features of the Power Max Bonded bullet include:

  • Protected hollow point PHP design
  • Lead core bonded to jacket with proprietary process
  • Massive frontal area of bullet expansion is more than double original diameter
  • Lead remains bonded to jacket after impact

Power Max Bonded will be offered in the following calibers and bullet weights:

Cartridge Grain Muzzle Velocity Symbol
223 Rem 64 PHP 3020 X223R2BP
243 Win Power 100 PHP 2960 X2432BP
270 Win Mag 130 PHP 3060 X2705BP
270 WSM 130 PHP 3275 X270SBP
30-06 Sprg 180 PHP 2700 X30064BP
30-06 Sprg 150 PHP 2920 X30061BP
30-30 Win Mag 150 PHP 2390 X30306BP
300 Win Mag 180 PHP 2960 X30WM2BP
300 Win Mag 150 PHP 3290 X30WM1BP
300 WSM 180 PHP 2970 X300WSMBP
300 WSM 150 PHP 3270 X300SBP
325 WSM 220 PHP 2840 X325WSMBP
308 Win Mag 150 PHP 2820 X3085BP
338 Win Mag 200 PHP 2960 X3381BP
7mm Rem Mag 150 PHP 3090 X7MMR1BP
7mm WSM 150 PHP 3200 X7MMWSMBP

PHP = Protected Hollow Point

For more information about Winchester Ammunition and its complete line of products visit www.winchester.com.

Free Winchester® Ammunition Ballistics Calculator Available on the iPhone

iPhone users can now download the Winchester® Ammunition award-winning Ballistics Calculator for free. Winchester has taken all of the features and functionality from its Web site version of the Ballistics Calculator and developed a user-friendly interface for the iPhone.

The iPhone version of Winchester’s Ballistics Calculator will allow users to choose their type of ammunition and compare up to three different Winchester products with easy-to-read, high-tech ballistic charts and graphs. You can customize shooting conditions by entering wind speed and outside temperature, and adjust zero marks for sighting in.

The Web based calculator is also live at www.winchester.com/ballistics.

Super X3 20 ga. – Winchester Repeating Arms Adds 20 ga. To the Super X3

Winchester Repeating Arms Adds 20 Gauge To The Super X3 Shotgun LineMorgan, UT – Shooters who enjoy shooting a small gauge shotgun will fall in love with the new Super X3 20 ga. shotgun from Winchester Repeating Arms. Like its big brother, the Super X3 12 ga., the new 20 ga. model utilizes the same Active valve system, making it the fastest cycling shotgun in the world.

In 2010 the SX3 20 ga. is being offered in the Walnut Field model. This new model shotgun is sure to be popular with both target shooters and hunters.

Features of the SX3 20 ga. include the following:

  • Active valve system
  • Back-Bored technology
  • Perma-Coat™ UT finish
  • Cast / Drop shims
  • Pachmayr® Decelerator® recoil pad
  • Length of pull spacers
  • Ambidextrous safety
  • Hard chrome chamber and bore

The new 20 ga. SX3 is available in 26” and 28” barrel lengths.

Suggested Retail Price $1,199.

Winchester Repeating Arms Adds 20 Gauge To The Super X3 Shotgun Line

Winchester Repeating Arms Adds 20 Gauge To The Super X3 Shotgun LineMorgan, UT – Shooters who enjoy shooting a small gauge shotgun will fall in love with the new Super X3 20 ga. shotgun from Winchester Repeating Arms. Like its big brother, the Super X3 12 ga., the new 20 ga. model utilizes the same Active valve system, making it the fastest cycling shotgun in the world.

In 2010 the SX3 20 ga. is being offered in the Walnut Field model. This new model shotgun is sure to be popular with both target shooters and hunters.

Features of the SX3 20 ga. include the following:

* Active valve system
* Back-Bored technology
* Perma-Coat™ UT finish
* Cast / Drop shims
* Pachmayr® Decelerator® recoil pad
* Length of pull spacers
* Ambidextrous safety
* Hard chrome chamber and bore

The new 20 ga. SX3 is available in 26″ and 28″ barrel lengths.

Suggested Retail Price $1,199.

Contact:
Scott Grange or Paul Thompson (801) 876-2711 ext. 3306 or ext. 3229

Winchester Repeating Arms Adds Two Models To Its Historical Line Of Lever Action Rifles

Morgan, UT – John M. Browning could be called the greatest gun designer of all time, and two designs he made for Winchester Repeating Arms, the 1895 and 1886 lever action rifles were a couple of his finest. Expanding on past offerings of these two masterpieces, Winchester Repeating Arms is now offering Grade I configurations in both models.

The 1895 Grade I features a deeply blued receiver, lever and barrel.  It has a straight buttplate and satin finish walnut stock and forearm.   The adjustable buckhorn rear sight and sculpted front blade remind you of guns of past generations.   The addition of a tang safety in addition to the standard hammer safety adds a little modern touch to the rifle.  The 1895 Grade I is available in 405 Winchester, 30-40 Krag and 30-06.  It is a beautiful rifle with a link to the past.  Suggested retail price is $1,179.00

The 1886 Extra Light Grade I rifle also features a deeply blued receiver, lever and barrel.  In addition, it has a blued steel end cap and straight buttplate.  The rifle features a classic half length magazine for the 45-70 cartridges that the rifle is chambered for. The sight on the 1886 is an adjustable rear buckhorn design with a bladed front. The rifle also is designed with a tang safety.   Suggested retail price of the 1886 is $1,269.00

Both the 1895 and 1886 are being made in very limited quantities.   Interested gun owners should contact their local Winchester Repeating Arms dealer immediately if they are interested in buying one.

Winchester Repeating Arms Expands Its Model 70 Line

Morgan, UT – If dangerous game is on your wish list, the new Winchester Model 70 Safari Express rifle should be at the top of your purchase list. Big, tough, dangerous game demands a cartridge that can handle the job. Offered in 375 H&H, 416 Rem. Mag. and the time tested 458 Win. Mag., the new Safari Express Model 70 is the finest big game rifle in the world. They don’t call it the rifleman’s rifle for nothing.

Features include:

  • Pre-’64 style claw extractor
  • Hinged steel magazine floorplate
  • Double recoil lugs
  • Deluxe cheekpiece
  • Pachmayr®Decelerator® recoil pad
  • Hooded-blade front sight / Express style rear
  • M.O.A. Trigger

Suggested Retail Price $1,279

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