Advancements in technology continue to shape every corner of the world, and ammunition is no different. Although empty spaces remain on retail shelves where an abundance of cartridges once appeared, the advancement of ammo technology has all but vanished.
The 2014 SHOT Show introduced us to a whole collection of new ammunition that’s more advanced than ever.
Most ammo research and development is trending toward specialized loads for specific applications. For example, Winchester’s new Win3Gun line of ammo was tailored for the growing number of 3-gun competitors, while a new 10mm round marks the first time Federal has offered a handgun load with a Trophy Bonded hunting bullet.
We also witnessed as Nosler introduced the fastest- and flattest-shooting commercially-available .264/6.5mm cartridge in the world—the 26 Nosler.
We’re looking forward to reporting in-depth on the individual performance of all the newest ammo on the market.
For now, check out the best new ammunition for 2014, and tell us which ammo you want us to test in upcoming reviews.
The 26 Nosler launches a 129-grain Accubond long-range bullet at 3,400 feet-per-second, or a 140-grain bullet at 3,300 feet-per-second.
CCI Suppressor rimfire ammo is very similar to CCI Quiet ammo, except the Suppressor ammo is loaded with a hunting bullet, while CCI Quiet is intended for target shooting.
CCI's new Suppressor 22LR ammo is on the market now for about $3 per 50-round box.
Win1911 ammo will be initially available in two different .230-grain offerings—full metal jacket and jacketed hollow point. Both loads run 880 feet-per-second through standard 1911 platforms.
New Win3Gun pistol ammo is available in 147-grain 9mm, 180-grain .40 S&W and 230-grain .45 ACP. The box for each caliber has an advertised power factor, so there's no guessing when its time to clock in at the chronograph.
New Win3Gun centerfire rifle ammo includes 5.56x45mm FMJ rounds, developed as an all-around cartridge for anything you'll encounter in a 3-gun course.
New Win3Gun 12-gauge shotgun ammo comes in two variations that give shooters the ability to engage targets of varying size and distance. Their 7-1/2 shot load is a great multi-purpose round, while a 00 buckshot load will take care of the heavy gunning.