Winchester Announces 17WSM Lead Free 20 Grain Ammunition
The weeks leading up to the SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show) always have exciting releases from the manufacturers. This year’s show is no different, with announcements rolling out almost every day. Today included some very good news for 17WSM shooters in lead free areas, such as California. Winchester announced that they are releasing a new 20 Grain “Power-Core” solid-copper hollow point lead free bullet in their .17WSM (.17 Winchester Super Magnum) rimfire cartridge! This new load has a listed speed of 2875 feet per second, and will calm the nerves of folks who are facing a complete lead ban in their states, which is phasing in over the next few years. Of course, we will have a full review of this new ammunition, including video of its performance in the field, once we get some in hand. (Ammo SKU #s17w20pc)
Here is the information from their 2016 New Products catalog:
Here is the latest Winchester Press Release:
Winchester Adds a Solid-Copper 17 Winchester Super Magnum to Rimfire Lineup
EAST ALTON, Ill. – The entry of the 17 Winchester Super Magnum into the world of rimfire offerings in 2013 marked one of the most innovative rimfire introduction in recent history. A load that could fly from the muzzle in excess of 3,000 fps, deliver devastating performance on the largest predators and cost less than centerfire rounds sent shockwaves of interest through the varmint hunting and shooting communities.
In 2016, Winchester Ammunition does it again as the fastest rimfire cartridge in the world adds a 20-grain solid-copper hollow point that will travel at 2,875 feet per second. The 17 Winchester Super Magnum Power-Core offers the downrange performance of a centerfire cartridge at only a fraction of the cost. Hunters can expect improved accuracy and devastating performance due to the massive energy deposit from this rimfire cartridge at ranges well past 200 yards.
“The 17 Winchester Super Magnum marked a quantum leap forward in rimfire performance, and we’re excited to deliver a non-lead option through our Power-Core® line of ammunition for those shooters who require it for where they hunt or shoot ,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing, sales and strategy.
About Winchester Ammunition:
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17WSM lead free ammunition should be available this year. We will have more specifics after next week’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV.