New Game Stoppers

A roundup of the hottest new cartridges worth feeding to your arsenal.

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Winchester Power Max

Winchester Power Max / Power Core: Given the recent popularity of modern sporting rifles among shooters and hunters, Winchester has designed a .223 Rem. round using Split Core Technology (SCT) for personal defense. SCT technology uses a quick-expansion front lead core and a deep-driving bonded rear lead core to create a fine .223 Rem. The PDX1 Defender .223 bullet weighs 60 grains and has a velocity of 2,750 FPS.

The Power Max Bonded line, designed specifically for the whitetail deer hunter, continues the tradition of legendary excellence by offering hunters more calibers to choose from in .223 Rem., .325 WSM and .338 Win. Mag. Power Max Bonded ammunition is a jacketed bullet with a proprietary bonding process that delivers massive expansion, long-range accuracy and maximum knockdown power. The bonding process welds lead to a copper alloy jacket where the two act together during expansion for improved penetration and retained weight.

The Winchester Ammunition Super-X line is expanding in 2011 to incorporate the all-new Power-Core 95/5 centerfire rifle cartridge. This complete line of lead-free rifle products has the same initial shock as the Winchester Power-Point line but with deeper, more expansive penetration. This lead-free load features a unique hollow point design allowing for controlled expansion and massive energy release as well as a solid gilding metal design, which results in deep penetration. Winchester.com

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Extreme Shock Predator

Extreme Shock/Allegiance: Extreme Shock has developed the new Predator Hunting series of ammunition for taking down serious game. Extreme Shock’s revolutionary powder metal core releases energy over a wider area, causing massive shock trauma to the animal’s central nervous system. With no ricochet, no over-penetration and total energy transfer inside the target, you have the power to bring down large and dangerous game.

Predator rounds are available in .357 Mag., .44 Mag., .45 Long Colt, .223, 7.62x 39mm, .30-30, .308, and .30-06. MSRP for a 20-round box of .357 Mag. 160-grain Predator is $41. (allegiance.com; 276-926-5563)