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History of Winchester Ammo
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Winchester Repeating Arms is possibly one of the most widely recognized names in the world of firearms. Throughout its history, Winchester has ridden a roller coaster of wild success and near misses. The company is famous for its lever action rifles, bolt action rifles, and shotguns, and is nearly synonymous with the Wild West. They made excellent firearms that saw action in both World Wars, but they struggled in the years between and after.
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Winchester emerged from the failure of a lever action rifle called the Volition, an offering available from the partnership of Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson (yes, that Smith and Wesson), which resulted in an improved lever action rifle designed by Benjamin Tyler Henry (yes, that Henry). Smith and Wesson incorporated as the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company to sell their improved lever action rifle. The Volcanic rifle had limited success, so in 1860, they released an improved version known as the Henry rifle and reorganized the company under a new name – New Haven Arms.
The Henry rifle came to be regarded highly during the Civil War, and the rifle's popularity boosted the reputation of New Haven Arms. Benjamin Henry was upset about how little money he felt he had been paid for the rifle that bore his name, and the resulting spat with New Haven Arms was handled when the company’s chief stockholder, Oliver Winchester, intervened and reorganized as the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. During the American Civil War, the Confederate Army troops referred to the Henry rifle as "that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week!"
Winchester Rounds and Winchester Rifles
Winchester modified and improved, yet again, the Henry rifle, and forever changed how the world viewed firearms. The lever-action Winchester rifle is almost synonymous with the Winchester name. It is widely known as “the gun that won the West.” In fact, the Winchester rifle is not a single rifle, but is no less than nine different models:
- Model 1866: The original. This not only helped the federal war effort during the Civil War, but also helped the French war effort during the Franco-Prussian War and helped the Ottomans inflict heavy Russian casualties during the Siege of Plevna. It remained popular until its discontinuation in 1899.
- Model 1873: This is the “gun that won the West.” The original 1873 were chambered for .44-40 rounds, which were themselves an innovation as the first centerfire cartridge. The 1873 is also the famed “Forgotten Winchester.” A popular 1950 Western film starring Jimmy Stewart was named after the weapon.
- Model 1876: The 1876 was a celebration of America’s centennial. No less an American than Teddy Roosevelt swore by the ‘76. TR used the rifle during his early expeditions into the American West. The rifle was standard issue for Texas Rangers of the time.
- Model 1886: Introduced in 1886, this was the first Winchester rifle to make it to the 20th Century. It was used during the early years of World War I by the Royal Flying Corps.
- Model 1892: This rifle was introduced as a direct reaction to a similar Marlin product. Winchester was feeling pressure from competitors and needed to up its game. While developed after the winning of the West, this firearm is iconic in its own right as the rifle carried by the Duke in several of his pictures, including The Searchers. This is because Hollywood studios purchased this still-in-production rifle in bulk rather than expensive antique alternatives.
- Model 1894: Believe it or not, this was produced from 1894 until 2006, and then reintroduced in 2011, due to its popularity. This is one of the most popular hunting rifles of all time.
- Model 1895: TR was likewise a fan of this rifle, which he took on African safari with him. A number of national militaries, including the United States, the Russian Empire and even Nazi Germany (who issued the rifle to its Volkssturm national militia).
- Model 88: Introduced in 1955, 60 years after the last Winchester repeating lever rifle, this is the third most popular lever-action rifle Winchester ever sold. It was discontinued in 1973.
- Model 9422: While it didn’t lack for power or accuracy, the 9422 is a bit of a tamed beast. Introduced in 1972, it was primarily marketed toward parents of younger children as an introductory rifle.
Winchester was known for their lever-action rifles, but produced other famous firearms in the late 19th Century. The Model 1897 pump-action shotgun designed by John Moses Browning is a notable example. Browning worked with Winchester through WWI, during which he developed the Browning Automatic Rifle and the .50 Caliber Browning Machine Gun. While they had achieved impressive production capacity during WWI, the accompanying Depression forced the Winchester company into receivership. The .32 Winchester Special was the only bright spot during this time.
Winchester’s specialty was innovation. They won the race for the first self-loading rifle with the Winchester Model 1903. The company worked hard to navigate around self-loading shotgun patents by Browning, including having patent lawyers work closely on the design.
WWII saw Winchester utilizing their high-productive capacity once again. The company regained some of the ground they lost in the years between the wars with M1 Garand and M1 Carbine rifles. And the .308 Winchester, released in the 1950s, became the company's most influential cartridge to date. In 1964, Winchester formed a new design group in order to take advantage of new technology in manufacturing. This date created a line of demarcation, and firearms came to be called “pre” and “post” 1964 models. “Pre-64” models are perceived as higher-quality firearms, and are valued much higher by collectors of Winchester rifles and shotguns.
Though Winchester sold many popular firearms – among them the well-known Model 94 lever action rifle, the Model 70 rifle, and the Model 12 pump shotgun – they were unable to keep pace with increasing labor costs. The company was sold to its employees in 1980, and incorporated as U.S. Repeating Arms. Winchester’s parent company, Olin, retains the rights to and still manufactures ammo under the Winchester name.
The historic New Haven plant finally shut its doors in 2006, and the building is now home to lofts, as are many of the erstwhile manufacturing centers of New England mill towns. The Olin Corporation, current owner of Winchester’s intellectual property, licensed old rivals Browning to make Winchester firearms in 2006. FN Herstal owns the U.S. Repeating Arms Company today. Several gun cleaning kits, knives and other goods are manufactured and sold under the Winchester trademark.
Winchester as such remains a significant force in the market for ammunition, with products that fit in practically every niche of the firearms industry. Their newest cutting-edge ammo includes the AccuBond CT and the PDX1 Defender. For shooters who like their traditional ammunition, the Super-X line is a popular choice.
Popular Winchester Ammunition
One reason for Winchester bulk ammunition sales is the variety as well as the quality. Some of the more popular Winchester rounds include:
- 32 special ammo: Winchester .32 special ammunition is the only Winchester ammunition marketed toward handloaders. It’s ideal for those hunting medium-sized game. It’s also known as “32 win special” ammo.
- 9x23 ammo: The 9x23mm Winchester ammo is Winchester’s ammunition designed specifically for sport competition. Unfortunately, it never really found a foothold in that world.
- 300 Winchester mag ammo: This is the large-game ammunition sold by Winchester. .300 Win mag ammo bulk purchases are common because it’s a highly powerful ammunition accurate at 1,000 yards.
The history of the Winchester company has cycled up and down many times. It's impossible to predict how the company will fare in the future, but their resiliency seems to suggest that Winchester will find a way to be a top manufacturer of ammo for many years to come.
Where is Winchester ammo made?
Most Winchester ammunition is manufactured in Alton, Illinois, which is located just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Some Winchester ammo is made in Oxford, Mississippi.
What is Winchester Service Grade ammunition?
Winchester Service Grade ammo is designed to provide military performance at an affordable price. Made for the high-volume shooter, this Winchester ammunition features full metal jacket bullets that are accurate and reliable for target practice. All new productions, Service Grade cartridges are non-corrosive and have reloadable brass cases. They’re available in various calibers, including handgun rounds like .380 ACP, 9mm, and .45 Auto ammo, as well as rifle cartridges like .30-06 and 5.56x45mm.
Who makes Winchester ammunition?
Winchester is owned by the Olin Corporation, an American manufacturer based in Clayton, Missouri. It is a global distributor of chemical products and one of the leading ammo manufacturers in the U.S.
What is the quality of Winchester ammo?
Winchester has different lines of ammunition that vary in quality. The economic Winchester lines tend to be less accurate, while the more specialized rounds are high quality, reliable, and consistent.
What is Winchester Forged ammo?
Winchester Forged ammunition is the company’s line of steel case cartridges. Made from 100% USA steel, these rounds feature brass jacketed projectiles, allowing their presence on gun ranges and making them safe for all firearms. The ammo is currently available in 9mm.
Is Winchester ammo corrosive?
Winchester ammo is non-corrosive. Many of the Winchester cartridges have a sealant applied to keep out moisture and ensure an extended shelf life.
When did Winchester stop making guns?
Winchester stopped making guns in 1980 when it sold the company to its employees and incorporated as U.S.Repeating Arms. Olin, Winchester’s parent company, still owns the rights to Winchester and manufactures ammunition under the brand name.
Ammo fired without any jams, misfires or problems of any type. Ammo feed was smooth and no ejection problems. All spent casings cleared weapon cleanly.
I enjoyed doing business with you and I’ll get back with you and get more ammunition
ray.....dirty bird said:
ammo arrived in good shape, like new...all rounds fired in good shape...quality was worth the cost easily...
I just bought a Colt LE6920 5.65 caliber. The closest thing I ever shot was my M16 when I was in the Army during the Vietnam era -- a long time ago. So my review is not based on a comparison with any other ammo brand in this caliber. I bought Winchester because it is a known brand, is labeled for target use, and I feel it was available for a good price here on Ammo.com. I know there are some premium brands, which I will try eventually, and there are lots of brands I never heard of. Some of them may be good, I just don't know anything about them yet. I'm giving the Winchester 5.56 target ammo five stars in each category because my shots were consistently within one inch of the bullseye at 25 and 50 yards. That I hit the target at all at 100 yards I will count as okay because I didn't have a scope and I could just barely make out the 100-yard target with my not-so-good-as-when-I-was-20 eyesight. I qualified "sharpshooter" when I was in the Army, having missed "expert" by one shot. It makes me happy that this Colt M4 is as accurate, if not more so, than my Army M-16. Good ammo should give consistent results. This Winchester target brand delivers for me.
Great ammo for target practice.
Greatest ammo on the market, great quality and value
I've used this in my Taurus Judge with great results. It's quality and won't lead up your barrel. I highly recommend this product.
Awesome bang for your fed-rsrv notes! These go through my Ruger SRc9 like buddah, no hang, clean firing, pretty accurate even w/out my laser. Ordering a 1000 more now! Thanx Ammo ppl
Shot very clean was well pleased
These are good shells, and high quality from a name you know. Pretty good valve as well, so you can probably afford to shoot all day!
The ammo shoots perfectly out of my picky 1911. I had zero malfunctions out of 500 rounds shot. Fiocchi ammo gave me an average of one malfunction / 50 rounds shot. My only gripes are that the bullets look a little dirty, which of course had no issue with performance. And mostly the only thing I didn't like was that the tray the bullets come in is made out of Styrofoam so it leaves little foam bits all over the counter at the range.... All in all I would buy again.
BEST OF THE INEXPENSIVE AMMOS THAT I HAVE TRIED IN MY SAVAGE MARK 2. CONSISTENTLY SHOT AROUND 3/4 INCH GROUP AT FIFTY YARDS AND MOST WERE CLOSER THAN THAT. ,PRICE RIGHT, QUALITY GOOD. MORE ACCURATE THAN MORE EXPENSICE AMMO IN MY GUN AT LEAST. SINCERELY, TBA
No complaints with the rounds, performed as promised. Prices were a little high for 9mm but hey supply and demand. I would recommend them.
Punched right through 1/4 inch steel plate like hot butter. Same plate easily stops steel core .223 rounds.
Used the ammo and was very pleased.
Adequate for target and home defense.
Good range ammo for high capacity drills without breaking the bank.
big bob said:
first time I used this ammo, started out good but then it started jamming, Used 5 different clips but the rounds would not cycle all the way. I had 350 rounds of cci brass, Shot the full 350 with no hang up.
Awful! On a Glock 19 experienced a phenomenal about one misfire in ten (primer dented, but not firing). Same round could then be fired (most of the time) in a Glock 17, where the misfire rate was only about 1 in 25. Experienced same (1:25) error rate shooting in both a Sig320 and HK MP5K. This is the ONLY band ammo we have had any problems with, including cheap CHinese stuff. Same guns fired 10K rounds of Remmington in the months prior this purchase and experienced NO misfires.
Rounds poorly made. Bullets spin and bend inside casing. CCI rounds are rock solid by comparison. These rounds jam frequently, have multiple duds per magazine, and are generally unreliable. Not happy with my purchase and will not ever purchase again.
very pleased with the ammo and how fast it shipped.
I shoot 130 silver tips they are the best knock down for my 270 they are hard to get now days
Bought 2 box's of xp 130 grain for deer season this year. I did shoot a Buck at 250 yards and a Doe at 170 yards using this ammo. Both deer dropped in their tracks and I was impressed with the knock down power and accuracy of the loads. My problem with these shells is that between the 2 box's I bought I have now fired 27 of the 40 rounds and have had 3 shells jam in my gun, 1 of which was out in the field while hunting. Fortunately it would have been my 2nd shot if it was needed. My rifle is a brand new Tika bolt action. I have also fired Remington and Hornady rounds through this gun at the range with no problems. I have had no problems with Winchester ammunition in the past, but this problem seems to be a quality control issue at Winchester. Hopefully they can solve the problem as otherwise I like the ammunition. Will not more for at least awhile due to the above issues.