First Look: Best New Deer Rifle Ammo For 2020

Exciting long-range loads. More offerings for new cartridges. New options for proven loads. This group proves deer hunters everywhere have plenty to celebrate for 2020.

by Mark Melotik

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Exciting long-range loads. More offerings for new cartridges. New options for proven loads. This group proves deer hunters everywhere have plenty to celebrate for 2020.

FederalSwiftScirocco 900

Federal Premium Swift Scirocco II. If you’ve put in the work on the range, this new load will help deliver a happy deer camp. Designed to push your effective range to new extremes while delivering a more lethal blow on impact, Swift Scirocco II loads ($52.99 to $56.99; available in nine loads from 243 Win. to 300 Win. Mag) feature a streamlined design and high ballistic coefficient that produces flat trajectories, while retaining more velocity and energy downrange. Aided by its proprietary polymer tip, the Scirocco II expands at minimal velocities yet offers high weight retention at close range thanks to its bonded copper jacket.

NoslerBT-AMMO308Win 900

Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammunition Adds 308 Win. New for 2020 and available now, Nosler has added the 308 Winchester 150 gr. Ballistic Tip load to its popular line of deer-focused Ballistic Tip Ammunition. Designed specifically for hunting America’s most popular game, Ballistic Tip ammunition is designed to provide pinpoint accuracy, and reliable, rapid expansion to drop deer in their tracks. Whether the goal is a wall-hanger you’ve been scouting all year long, or simply filling the freezer with prime fresh venison, this deer-focused ammo can help.

HornadyPRhunter 900

Hornady Precision Hunter Ammunition. Because Hornady knows you might get only one chance at a trophy buck each fall, accuracy and terminal performance are the cornerstones of the company’s Precision Hunter factory loaded ammunition. Great care has been given by Hornady engineers to develop superior, match­-accurate hunting loads that allow the ELD­-X bullet to achieve its maximum ballistic potential. Propellants used in the Precision Hunter ammunition line are clean burning and loaded to uniform capacity for consistent shot to shot results regardless of temperature. This attention to detail provides the highest levels of accuracy and performance uniformity for the most demanding and diverse hunting situations.

FederalHammerDown 900Federal Premium HammerDown. Make your lever gun run like never before with the industry’s only ammunition truly designed for optimal cycling and overall performance from the time-tested rifle platform. Velocities of all-new Federal Premium HammerDown loads ($19.99 to $43.99, available in seven of the most popular lever-action cartridges including 357 Magnum, 327 Federal, 44 Rem. Magnum, and 45 Colt) are customized to produce superior ballistics and terminal performance through lever-action barrel lengths. The construction of the molecularly bonded soft point bullets has also been adjusted for the best accuracy and expansion at those velocities. The geometry of each round’s case, bullet and cartridge ensures flawless cycling through tubular magazine and typical lever-action feeding systems.

 BrowningFMJ350 900

Browning FMJ & BXR Deer Loads In 350 Legend. The versatile and powerful, yet low-recoil 350 Legend caliber was born in 2019, and for 2020, Browning has jumped on board with two new options for 350 Legend fans: The FMJ and BXR Deer Load. The FMJ (see above) weighs in at only 124 grains and will be the fastest straight wall cartridge in the world, at a blazing muzzle velocity of 2,500 fps (when fired from a 20-inch barrel).

BrowningBXR350 900

The newly developed 350 Legend BXR Deer bullet is a 155-grain rapid-expansion design that maximizes energy transfer on impact for quick and effective terminal performance. Is it time to jump on board? This versatile caliber is uniquely suited for use across multiple firearm platforms; from traditional bolt-action rifles, modern sporting rifles and even single-shot pistols and revolvers.

WinchesterXPCreedmr 900

Winchester Deer Season XP Copper Impact Line Expands. How do you take some legendary deer ammo to the next level? Expand its offerings. For 2020 Winchester has added five new options that include 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 WSM, and .270 WSM, and sabot shotgun slugs. Deer Season XP Copper Impact uses an Extreme Point, copper-solid bullet that features an oversized impact diameter that means more impact trauma, better energy transfer and larger wound cavities for faster knockdown. The solid-copper bullet design offers improved weight retention for deeper penetration and a red, reinforced polymer tip for product differentiation from standard Deer Season XP loads.



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