Winchester Ammo

Winchester: The American Legend

Few names are as iconic and intertwined with our nation’s history and firearms as Winchester. For more than 150 years Winchester ammo has been recognized by sportsmen, acknowledged as an industry leader and proven itself in the field, on the firing line and front line.

When Oliver Winchester established the company on May 22, 1866, reliable ammunition was part of the original mission. The company name oozes history, pioneering spirit and communicates performance, although resting on those laurels isn’t standard operating procedure. Its tradition of designing and perfecting new cartridges, shotshells and components that perform, in tough conditions, with the latest technology, continues to this day.

Winchester Legacy

The company arguably reached dominance shortly after news of Theodore Roosevelt taking in the view from Cuba’s San Juan Hill swept the nation in 1898. His rag-tag band of Rough Riders determined the U.S. military’s then-standard-issue firearms were sub-quality, arming themselves instead with Winchester Model 1895s for the campaign. The only reason Teddy wasn’t holding his ’95 for that famous summit picture is that, as legend has it, he’d loaned the reliable repeater to another soldier before the battle. He’s widely reported as stating—about his Centennial Model 1876—“The Winchester…is by all odds the best weapon I ever had, and now I use it almost exclusively…”

The story and legend are the product of hard work and untiring innovation that begins with the Winchester Model 1866—launched during the company’s first year of operation. “The gun that won the west,” the Model 1873, was introduced seven years later and it brought with it something all new, the .44-40 Winchester Center Fire—the company’s first centerfire cartridge.

In 1894 the company began launching firearms at a frequency that made competitors green with envy. There was one that year, followed by the Rough Rider-preferred 1895 and many others. Its treasured, controlled-round-feed Model 70 that gained the title “Rifleman’s Rifle” among enthusiasts was first made in 1936 and Winchester didn’t stop there.

Winchester Ammunition Innovation

Winchester’s long list of All-Star guns dominated headlines and sentenced its new cartridge and shotshell designs to the backseat. There, the list of accomplishments is just as lengthy and noteworthy, beginning with the 1895 introduction of the new smokeless-powdered .30-30 Win. cartridge. By 1886 the company was making a line of Rival shotshells in 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20 gauge and, in 1918 collaborated with John Moses Browning to develop the Desert Storm-famous .50 BMG. It’s familiar Super-X brand of shotshells hit the market in 1921, the .270 Win. came in 1925 and two years later copper-plated bullets were coming out of the factory under the Lubaloy name.

Winchester History

The Great Depression struck in 1929, taking a toll on the company’s commercial footing at a time when it was still trying to recover after retooling to produce Enfields for Britain during World War I. In 1931 Western Cartridge Company, which was established by avid sportsman Franklin W. Olin, purchased Winchester Repeating Arms and Western-Winchester was born.

There was no slowdown in innovation. Only a year later it introduced the first non-corrosive, mercury-free shotshell primers and patented a process for making spherical ball powder. Then, working with Smith & Wesson, rolled out the 357 Mag. in 1935, .308 Win. in 1952, followed by the .243 Win., .338 Win. Mag, Power Point bullet and.300 Win. Mag. still serving in the Global War on Terrorism. The still-popular Silvertip bullet arrived in 1939, along with many others through the years.

Improvements in shotshell design continued at the same pace. The Super Seal cup wad was introduced in 1945, which improved shot velocity and gas management. The Winchester Mark 5 shot collar, another performance gain, followed in 1962 and the now-familiar Double X and AA shotshell brands hit the marketplace in 1965. In 1976 Winchester gave enthusiasts their first non-toxic steel-shot load—long before most hunting regulations reflected growing concern about the impact of lead on waterfowl.

Despite the hectic production schedule, the company also churned out 15 billion rounds for U.S. troops during World War II. The Lake City Ammunition Plant, which produces ammunition for the U.S. military, was managed by Winchester from 1985 to 2000. Roughly eight billion cartridges came out of the facility during that period.

Who Owns Winchester? Two Brands, One Name

A labor strike in 1979 ultimately led to the separation of the ammo and gun entities. First the company sold its firearms factory in Connecticut to employees, who had incorporated as U.S. Repeating Arms, but it ultimately came under the management/ownership of Herstal Group— owner of Fabrique Nationale and Browning. Winchester firearms continues to be manufactured under a licensing agreement, but Olin Corporation still manufactures Winchester ammo in Alton, IL.

Since the separation, Winchester has continued to roll out innovative cartridges and shotshells, including the .300 WSM (Winchester Short Magnum) and many others. In 1981 NASA decided the most reliable way to initiate parachute recovery and separation systems for the Space Shuttle’s solid rocket booster engines was with Winchester 209 shotshell primers. Performance is never compromised, obviously, a fact confirmed in 2017 when the U.S. military awarded a contract to the company to supply 9mm ammo for the new Modular Handgun System (an agreement valued at $99.2 million).

Winchester PDX1

The Winchester PDX1 Defender line is tailored for self-defense. Available in a variety of handgun chamberings—and a trio for rifle—the hollow-point bullet is designed to fold into six “petals” on impact, expand to 1.5 times its unfired diameter and defeat intermediate barriers (like clothing). It meets or beats the rigorous FBI testing protocol.

Winchester Ballistic Silvertip

A polymer tip maximizes long-distance performance, yet the alloyed lead core retains weight for the reliable terminal performance sportsmen expect. Its contoured jacket controls expansion and the bullet’s Lubalox coating minimizes barrel fouling.

Winchester M22 Subsonic

Rimfire fans who don’t like to make a lot of noise should take a close look at Winchester’s M22 Subsonic loads. Traveling slower than the speed of sound—yet still functioning in semi-autos—audible report is reduced and suppressor effectiveness maximized. The 45-grain bullets are plated to minimize fouling and improve function.

Winchester AA TrAAcker

The AA line is legend, but this new flavor adds an all-new twist to an outstanding product. The orange wad features notched helical petals that “stabilize” it in the center of the pattern during flight, effectively tracking the shot’s travel. What a great way to get an inexperienced shooter on target. An equally orange hull makes it easy to identify the special loads, even from the standard AA offerings—the preferred choice among shotgun sports enthusiasts.

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  1. Winchester AA Xtra-Lite Target 12 Gauge 2-3/4" 1 oz. #8-1/2 – 25 Rounds

    $10.80

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    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 1 oz.
    Bullet Type #8-1/2 Shot
    Use Type hunting upland birds, target practice and clay shooting, trapshooting and busting up clays
    Quantity 25
    Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge
    Manufacturer SKU AAL1285
    Shot Material Lead
    Shell Length 2-3/4"
    UPC Barcode 020892015357
    Cost Per Round 43.2¢ per round

    When you need something with massive power, the 12 gauge is the first thing to turn to. With its incredible power and phenomenally large payload, the 12 gauge can help you do almost anything you need to, whether it be hunting, taking down clay targets at the range, or defending your family from an intruder. With nearly one hundred fifty years of proven use by militaries, civilians, and law enforcement all over the world, the 12 gauge is just the firearm you are looking for.

    Winchester is one of the oldest and most popular ammunition companies in the United States and still makes some of the best ammunition in the country. These Winchester AA Xtra-Lite Target, one ounce, #8 1/2 shot, 12 gauge, 2 3/4" shells fire at 1180 feet per second and have the patterns, precision, and power you need to destroy every clay target when you go trap or skeet shooting at the range.

  2. Winchester AA Heavy Target 12 Gauge 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #9 – 25 Rounds

    $10.85

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    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 1-1/8 oz.
    Bullet Type #9 Shot
    Use Type target practice and clay shooting, trapshooting and busting up clays
    Quantity 25
    Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge
    Manufacturer SKU AAM129
    Shot Material Lead
    Shell Length 2-3/4"
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 020892004368
    Cost Per Round 43.4¢ per round

    The 12 gauge shotgun has been around for years and years and is one of the best firearms for close range on the market. Proven through constant and extensive military, law enforcement, and civilian use since the 1870's, this amazing firearm is just what you need for all your shooting purposes. Whether you are looking to hunt, destroy clay targets at the range, or defend your family from harm, the 12 gauge has the incredible power and phenomenal reliability for you.

    Since just one year after the Civil War, Winchester has been making some of the best ammunition in the world, catering to people in all states of life, giving you just the high quality ammo you need at your budget. Firing at 1200 feet per second, these Winchester AA Heavy Target, 2 3/4", 1 1/8 ounce, #9 shot, 12 gauge shells are designed specifically for optimum trap and skeet shooting, helping you take down target after target with their fantastic patterns and amazing reliability.

  3. Winchester AA Light Target 12 Gauge 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #8-1/2 – 25 Rounds

    $10.85

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    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 1-1/8 oz.
    Bullet Type #8-1/2 Shot
    Use Type hunting upland birds, target practice and clay shooting, trapshooting and busting up clays
    Quantity 25
    Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge
    Manufacturer SKU AA1285
    Shot Material Lead
    Shell Length 2-3/4"
    UPC Barcode 020892015333
    Cost Per Round 43.4¢ per round

    The 12 gauge shotgun is one of the most effective firearms on the market, perfect for taking down big game, defending your family from home invaders, and smashing clay pigeons at the range. Developed in the 1870's, this shotgun has been used for law enforcement, military, and civilian service for nearly a century and a half, making it the perfect, proven, highly effective and reliable firearm for you.

    Winchester has been around since the year after the American Civil War, making it one of the oldest and most respected ammunition manufacturers in the United States, and makes some of the best ammo in the world. Firing at 1145 feet per second, these 2 3/4", #8 1/2 shot, 1 1/8 ounce, 12 gauge, Winchester AA Light Target shells are perfect for all your trap and skeet shooting needs, helping you take down clay after clay.

  4. Winchester AA Light Target 12 Gauge 2-3/4" 1 oz. #9 – 25 Rounds

    $11.85

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    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 1 oz.
    Bullet Type #9 Shot
    Use Type target practice and clay shooting, trapshooting and busting up clays
    Quantity 25
    Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge
    Manufacturer SKU AAL129
    Shot Material Lead
    Shell Length 2-3/4"
    UPC Barcode 020892004542
    Cost Per Round 47.4¢ per round

    If you're looking for a good load for target practice and clay shooting, trapshooting and busting up clays, you've come to the right page. This 12 Gauge ammo for sale features a 2-3/4" shell with Lead shot. New from Winchester, you will get excellent performance shot after shot as you work your way through all 25 of these rounds. Plus, when you buy from Widener's, you know you'll get fast shipping with a customer service team that stands behind everything we sell.

  5. Winchester AA TrAAcker 12 Gauge 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz. #8 – 25 Rounds

    $13.25

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    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 1-1/8 oz.
    Bullet Type #8 Shot
    Use Type target practice and clay shooting, trapshooting and busting up clays
    Quantity 25
    Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge
    Manufacturer SKU AA128TB
    Shot Material Lead
    Shell Length 2-3/4"
    UPC Barcode 020892021143
    Cost Per Round 53.0¢ per round

    If you're looking for a good load for target practice and clay shooting, trapshooting and busting up clays, you've come to the right page. This 12 Gauge ammo for sale features a 2-3/4" shell with Lead shot. New from Winchester, you will get excellent performance shot after shot as you work your way through all 25 of these rounds. Plus, when you buy from Widener's, you know you'll get fast shipping with a customer service team that stands behind everything we sell.

  6. Winchester Blind Side Waterfowl 12 Gauge 3-1/2" 1-3/8 oz. #6 Hex Steel Shot – 25 Rounds

    $16.85

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    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 1-3/8 oz.
    Bullet Type #6 Shot
    Use Type hunting ducks and other waterfowl
    Quantity 25
    Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge
    Manufacturer SKU SBS12LHV6
    Shot Material Steel
    Shell Length 3-1/2"
    UPC Barcode 020892021266
    Cost Per Round 67.4¢ per round

    If you're looking for a good load for hunting ducks and other waterfowl, you've come to the right page. This 12 Gauge ammo for sale features a 3-1/2" shell with Steel shot. New from Winchester, you will get excellent performance shot after shot as you work your way through all 25 of these rounds. Plus, when you buy from Widener's, you know you'll get fast shipping with a customer service team that stands behind everything we sell.

  7. Winchester Super X 12 Gauge 2-3/4" Black Powder Blank Ammo – 25 Rounds

    $38.30

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    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight Not Applicable
    Bullet Type Blanks
    Use Type shooting blanks with your shotgun
    Quantity 25
    Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge
    Manufacturer SKU XBP12
    Shell Length 2-3/4"
    UPC Barcode 020892004245
    Cost Per Round $1.53 per round

    Black powder blanks are often used by reloaders to ring in the New Year with a fun, loud, and smokey effect. These shells from Winchester allow you to get the same function without the reloading effort. Each 12 gauge shell is built using a brass head, reloadable hull, and fiber-based card which keeps the powder from spilling out. When fired, the shell will produce a loud bit of noise and flash which can be fun for celebrations, filming, and training hunting dogs with appropriate safety measures in place.

    This ammo was designed for less-than-lethal use, however, this ammo could still cause serious injury or death under certain uses and scenarios. One such scenario is using it in close proximity to your target. Be sure to handle a shotgun, rifle or pistol that is loaded with less-than-lethal ammunition in the same way you would any other.

    Customer Reviews

    Very Loud

    Ammo is great louder than the smokeless power ones. The only bad is that black gun powder is very corrosive and needs the barrel clean right away.

    Review by RICKY (Posted on 11/9/2019)

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