Winchester Ammo For Sale

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  1. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of +P 158 Grain LWC Ammunition

    15 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 158 Grain LSWCHP Boxer Brass 38 Special Winchester Ammunition
    $37.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 74¢ Cost Per Round
    • 158 Grain
    • LSWCHP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 890 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 278 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X38SPD
    • UPC 020892201354
  2. Winchester 30-30 Ammo - 200 Rounds of 170 Grain PP Ammunition

    4 In stock now
    Image For 200 Rounds Of 170 Grain PP Boxer Brass 30-30 Winchester Ammunition
    $148.00 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 200 Rounds
    • 74¢ Cost Per Round
    • 170 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Range
  3. Winchester 45 Auto Ammo - 50 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    6 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Brass 45 Auto Winchester Ammunition
    $38.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 76¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 880 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 396 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU USA45JHP
    • UPC 020892213234
  4. Winchester 380 ACP Ammo - 50 Rounds of 85 Grain JHP Ammunition

    6 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 85 Grain JHP Boxer Brass 380 ACP Winchester Ammunition
    $38.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 76¢ Cost Per Round
    • 85 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 1000 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU X380ASHP
    • UPC 020892201255
  5. Winchester 45 Auto Ammo - 500 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    1 In stock now
    Image For 500 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 45 Auto Winchester Ammunition
    $380.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 500 Rounds
    • 76¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  6. Winchester Win1911 45 Auto Ammo - 50 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    13 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 45 Auto Winchester Ammunition
    $38.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 76¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  7. Winchester Super-X 44 S&W Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 240 Grain LFN Ammunition

    17 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 240 Grain LFN 44 S&W Special Winchester Ammunition
    $38.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 76¢ Cost Per Round
    • 240 Grain
    • LFN Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • 750 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 300 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU USA44CB
    • UPC 020892213593
  8. Winchester 30-30 Ammo - 200 Rounds of 150 Grain PP Ammunition

    1 In stock now
    Image For 200 Rounds Of 150 Grain PP Boxer Brass 30-30 Winchester Ammunition
    $155.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 200 Rounds
    • 77.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Range
  9. Winchester 45 Auto Ammo - 500 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    2 In stock now
    Image For 500 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 45 Auto Winchester Ammunition
    $389.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 500 Rounds
    • 78¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  10. Winchester 45 Long Colt Ammo - 500 Rounds of 250 Grain LFN Ammunition

    4 In stock now
    Image For 500 Rounds Of 250 Grain LFN Boxer Brass 45 Long Colt Winchester Ammunition
    $394.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 500 Rounds
    • 79¢ Cost Per Round
    • 250 Grain
    • LFN Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 750 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 312 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU USA45CB
    • UPC 50020892213611
  11. Winchester 30-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 165 Grain PSP Ammunition

    86 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 165 Grain PSP Boxer Brass 30-06 Winchester Ammunition
    $15.95 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 79.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 165 Grain
    • PSP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2800 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2872 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X30065
    • UPC 020892200760
  12. Winchester 30-30 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 170 Grain PP Ammunition

    92 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 170 Grain PP Boxer Brass 30-30 Winchester Ammunition
    $15.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • 170 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2200 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU X30303
    • UPC 020892200098
  13. Winchester 9mm +P+ Ammo - 50 Rounds of 127 Grain JHP Ammunition

    53 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 127 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 9mm Winchester Ammunition
    $40.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • 127 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  14. Winchester Super-X 6.5 Creedmoor Ammo - 200 Rounds of 129 Grain Power-Point Ammunition

    18 In stock now
    Image For 200 Rounds Of 129 Grain PP Boxer Brass 6.5 Creedmoor Winchester Ammunition
    $159.99 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 200 Rounds
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • 129 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2820 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2277 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X651
    • UPC 00020892226173
  15. Winchester Super-X 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 2-3/4" #3 Buck Ammunition

    1 In stock now
    Image For 250 Rounds Of #3 Buck 20 Gauge Winchester Ammunition
    $205.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 250 Rounds
    • 82¢ Cost Per Round
    • #3 Buck Bullet
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1200 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU XB203
    • UPC 20892007284
  16. Winchester 45 Long Colt Ammo - 50 Rounds of 250 Grain LFN Ammunition

    14 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 250 Grain LFN Boxer Brass 45 Long Colt Winchester Ammunition
    $41.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 84¢ Cost Per Round
    • 250 Grain
    • LFN Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 750 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 312 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU USA45CB
    • UPC 020892213616
  17. Winchester 30-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain PP Ammunition

    61 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 150 Grain PP Boxer Brass 30-06 Winchester Ammunition
    $17.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 85¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2920 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2839 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X30061
    • UPC 020892200111
  18. Winchester Varmint-X 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 40 Grain Polymer Tipped Ammunition

    4 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 40 Grain Polymer Tipped Boxer Brass 223 Rem Winchester Ammunition
    $17.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 85¢ Cost Per Round
    • 40 Grain
    • Polymer Tipped Bullet
    • American-made Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3700 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1216 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X223P1
    • UPC 020892219953
  19. Winchester USA Ready 300 AAC Blackout Ammo - 20 Rounds of 125 Grain OT Ammunition

    26 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 125 Grain Open Tip Boxer Brass 300 Blackout Winchester Ammunition
    $17.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 85¢ Cost Per Round
    • 125 Grain
    • Open Tip Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2185 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1325 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU RED300
    • UPC 020892226562
  20. Winchester 45 Auto Ammo - 50 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    21 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 45 Auto Winchester Ammunition
    $43.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 86¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  21. Winchester Super-X 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP +P Ammunition

    1 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 125 Grain JHP Boxer Brass 38 Special Winchester Ammunition
    $43.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 86¢ Cost Per Round
    • 125 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 945 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 248 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X38S7PH
    • UPC 020892201323
  22. Winchester 380 ACP Ammo - 200 Rounds of 95 Grain JHP Ammunition

    3 In stock now
    Image For 200 Rounds Of 95 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 380 ACP Winchester Ammunition
    $175.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 200 Rounds
    • 87.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 95 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  23. Winchester 30-30 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain PP Ammunition

    32 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 150 Grain PP Boxer Brass 30-30 Winchester Ammunition
    $17.75 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 88.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2390 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1902 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X30306
    • UPC 020892200081
  24. Winchester Super-X 357 Magnum Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

    6 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 125 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 357 Magnum Winchester Ammunition
    $44.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • 125 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  25. Winchester 270 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain PP Ammunition

    1 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 150 Grain PP Boxer Brass 270 Win Winchester Ammunition
    $18.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2850 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2705 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X2704
    • UPC 020892200050
  26. Winchester 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 150 Grain PP Ammunition

    52 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 150 Grain PP Boxer Brass 308 Win Winchester Ammunition
    $18.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • 150 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2820 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2648 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X3085
    • UPC 020892200395
  27. Winchester 30-06 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 180 Grain PP Ammunition

    54 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 180 Grain PP Boxer Brass 30-06 Winchester Ammunition
    $18.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • 180 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2700 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2913 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X30064
    • UPC 020892200104
  28. Winchester 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1 oz. Rifled Slug Ammunition

    5 In stock now
    Image For 250 Rounds Of 1 oz. Rifled Slug 12 Gauge Winchester Ammunition
    $225.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • Winchester SKU X12RS15
    • UPC 020892005976
  29. Winchester 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    5 In stock now
    Image For 250 Rounds Of #00 Buck 12 Gauge Winchester Ammunition
    $225.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • Winchester SKU RA120085
  30. Winchester 380 ACP Ammo - 50 Rounds of 95 Grain JHP Ammunition

    24 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 95 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 380 ACP Winchester Ammunition
    $45.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • 95 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  31. Winchester Silvertip 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of +P 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

    9 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 125 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 38 Special Winchester Ammunition
    $45.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 92¢ Cost Per Round
    • 125 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  32. Winchester 308 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 180 Grain PP Ammunition

    47 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 180 Grain PP Boxer Brass 308 Win Winchester Ammunition
    $18.50 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 92.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 180 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2620 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2743 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X3086
    • UPC 020892200401
  33. Winchester 12 ga Ammo - 15 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    1 In stock now
    Image For 15 Rounds Of #00 Buck 12 Gauge Winchester Ammunition
    $14.00 Price

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    • 15 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1325 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU XB1200VP
    • UPC 20892014664
  34. Winchester Super Clean Non-Toxic 9mm Ammo - 50 Rounds of 105 Grain JSP Ammunition

    8 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 105 Grain JSP Boxer Brass 9mm Winchester Ammunition
    $47.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 50 Rounds
    • 94¢ Cost Per Round
    • 105 Grain
    • JSP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 1200 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 336 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU SC9NT
    • UPC 020892211193
  35. Winchester 270 Win Ammo - 20 Rounds of 130 Grain PP Ammunition

    17 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 130 Grain PP Boxer Brass 270 Win Winchester Ammunition
    $18.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 95¢ Cost Per Round
    • 130 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3060 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 2702 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X2705
    • UPC 020892200067
  36. Winchester Power Max Bonded 30-30 Ammo - 20 Rounds of 170 Grain HP Ammunition

    11 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 170 Grain HP Boxer Brass 30-30 Winchester Ammunition
    $18.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 95¢ Cost Per Round
    • 170 Grain
    • HP Bullet
    • American-made Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2200 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1827 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU X30303BP
    • UPC 020892219519
  37. Winchester 380 ACP Ammo - 20 Rounds of 95 Grain JHP Ammunition

    21 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 95 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 380 ACP Winchester Ammunition
    $19.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 95¢ Cost Per Round
    • 95 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  38. Winchester 7.62x51mm Ammo - 200 Rounds of 147 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    3 In stock now
    Image For 200 Rounds Of 147 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 308 Win Winchester Ammunition
    $190.00 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 200 Rounds
    • 95¢ Cost Per Round
    • 147 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
  39. Winchester 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 64 Grain PP Ammunition

    91 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 64 Grain PP Boxer Brass 223 Rem Winchester Ammunition
    $19.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • Made by Winchester
    • 20 Rounds
    • 95¢ Cost Per Round
    • 64 Grain
    • PP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3020 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1296 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU RA223R2
  40. Winchester 12 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    44 In stock now
    Image For 5 Rounds Of #00 Buck 12 Gauge Winchester Ammunition
    $4.79 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1325 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU XB1200
    • UPC 020892007079
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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.

Winchester Ammo Sales

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.

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