Black Hills has introduced three new loads in its Honey Badger line of ammunition, which employs uniquely fluted bullets. These all-copper Lehigh Defense bullets don’t expand; instead, they use fluid dynamic pressure caused by the passage of tissue over the flutes to open a deep and wide permanent wound cavity. The new loads include a 125-grain 9mm, a 135-grain .45 ACP and a 160-grain .44 Magnum.
Colt has partnered with DoubleTap Ammunition to produce a new line of self-defense ammunition. The line contains four pistol and revolver loads with jacketed hollow-point (JHP) bullets, including a 90-grain .380 ACP, a 110-grain .38 Special, a 124-grain 9mm, a 180-grain 10mm and a 230-grain .45 ACP.
The second line of ammunition produced by DoubleTap Ammunition for Colt is called Colt National Match. These cartridges are match grade, and three pistol loads with full-metal-jacket (FMJ) projectiles are available: a 124-grain 9mm, a 180-grain 10mm, and a 230-grain .45 ACP. Rifle rounds are also available.
This rimfire load uses a 40-grain hollow-point bullet that is tuned for optimum expansion and penetration out to 100 yards. It also has a nickel-plated case to ensure reliable feeding and extraction.
Federal’s new Micro HST load in .38 Special is designed for maximum accuracy and terminal effect. This load has its bullet seated flush with the case mouth like the old .38 Special wadcutter loads used for Bullseye competitions. This reduces air space in the cartridge and promotes more consistent ignition for increased accuracy. Improved terminal performance is the result of using a new .38-caliber, 130-grain HST bullet that expands rapidly when it hits the target.
G2 Research has introduced two new loads in its Telos line. The first is a .38 Special +P with a 105-grain bullet that leaves the muzzle at 1,150 fps, and the second is a 92-grain 9mm +P load that has a muzzle velocity of 1,220 fps. Both bullets are designed to fragment into seven sections. In ballistic gel, the six nose petals radiate out from the main wound track and form a 5-inch spread at a penetration depth of about 5 inches. The base of the bullet penetrates straight to 12 inches. The process of fragmentation is designed to cause all of the bullet’s energy to be spent within the target, greatly reducing the possibility of overpenetration.
PolyCase has introduced a new Inceptor ARX load for the .357 Magnum with a bullet that weighs 86 grains and leaves the muzzle of a 4-inch-barreled gun at 1,650 fps. This load uses PolyCase’s fluted ARX bullets, which are made from a polymer-copper blend and do not expand. Instead, these bullets produce ballistic trauma by a Venturi effect caused by the flutes, which accelerate tissue fluids as they travel over the bullet during penetration. These high-pressure fluid jets create a wide and deep permanent wound channel that gives this load its stopping power.
HEVI-Shot has introduced a non-toxic, 9mm, frangible target load. It uses 100-grain bullets that leave the muzzle of a full-sized pistol at 1,150 fps.
Sig introduced several new competition/training loads as part of its Elite Performance line at the 2017 SHOT Show. Two of the loads are 9mm FMJs. The first is a 124-grain load with a muzzle velocity of 1,166 fps, and the second weighs 147 grain and has a muzzle velocity of 986 fps.
Winchester has introduced a new load to its non-toxic Super Clean line for 2017. This .45 ACP loading contains a 160-grain bullet with a brass jacket and a zinc core. The projectile leaves the muzzle at 1,100 fps.
As with previous years, the 39th annual Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show was a big hit. Dozens of manufacturers came to Las Vegas to show off their new wares and provide a sneak peek to us hungry journalists. In the gallery above, we’ve highlighted some of the best new ammo that caught our eye. Read on to find out more, and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for these new products to hit shelves soon.
For more information about the new ammo featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.
Black Hills HoneyBadger
Colt National Match
Federal .22 LR Hunter Match
Federal .38 Special +P HST Micro
G2 Research Telos
PolyCase Inceptor ARX
HEVI-Shot HEVI-Duty 9mm Frangible
Sig Sauer 9mm FMJs
Winchester Super Clean
This article was originally published in ‘Combat Handguns’ May/June 2017. To subscribe, visit http://outdoorgroupstore.com.
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