Winchester Ammunition is continuing to develop cartridges tailored for specific hunting applications. In 2012, the company introduced its Razorback XT for hog hunters, and it released Long Beard XR for taking down turkeys at long range in 2013. This past year, it added Rooster XR for pheasants.
Winchester is now introducing an upcoming centerfire rifle cartridge for 2015 purposely built for deer hunting: Deer Season XP.
The new loads specifically address the needs of deer hunters and feature Winchester's new Extreme Point bullets. The bullets incorporate a redesigned polymer tip with a larger impact diameter than conventional polymer-tipped and softpoint bullets, translating into rapid expansion and increased impact trauma for larger wound cavities.
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Deer Season XP will initially be loaded in the following cartridges:
- .243 Win.
- .270 Win.
- .270 WSM
- 7mm Rem. Mag.
- .308 Win.
- .30-'06 Springfield
- .300 Win. Mag.
- .300 WSM
The .30-caliber cartridges are loaded with 150-grain bullets, while the 7mm, .270 and .243 bullets weigh 140, 130 and 95 grains, respectively. Other calibers may be added at a later date.
Deer Season XP will be formally introduced at the 2015 SHOT Show with an expected retail availability date of April 2015.