2016 Ammunition of the Year: Winchester's Shot-Lok

by
posted on May 4, 2016
ammo_of_year_gba.jpg

“Best in class” just about says it all. It announces to the world that you stand head and shoulders above your peers. To those companies whose products are featured herein, we say, “Welcome to the ‘best’ class.”

Ammo of the Year: Winchester Shot-Lok
For years, shotshell pattern density was controlled with choke tubes, proprietary wads and even the shot itself. Then Winchester introduced another factor: the medium that holds the shot.

Shot-Lok, a proprietary resin Winchester found in use in another industry, is poured around a shot column during manufacture then hardens to fill every nook between pellets. Upon firing, Shot-Lok shatters into dust, becoming a micro-buffer protecting pellets from deformation, largely eliminating fliers by preserving tight patterns at longer ranges. In 2014, Winchester introduced it in Long Beard XR, a turkey load. AH Associate Editor Jon Draper reported impressive results (“Hardware,” March ’14): “With Long Beard XR you can comfortably extend your range beyond 40 yards. The new loads produced 75 holes in a 10-inch circle with No. 5’s and an astonishing 147 holes with No. 6 shot at 50 yards.”

Turkey hunters aren’t the only ones who benefit: Now Shot-Lok is sold in an upland load (Rooster XR) and a predator load (Varmint X). This is innovation at its finest.

Editor's Note: Winning products must be tested by the editors, meet or exceed expectations on innovation, and provide hunters and shooters with value for their money. NRA Publications will present the annual Golden Bullseye Awards at an invitation-only breakfast during the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky., May 20-22.

Latest

What You Need To Start Reloading Lead
What You Need To Start Reloading Lead

What You Need to Start Reloading

A setup consisting of the basics for reloading will pay for itself while ensuring you’ll never run out of ammo for your favorite rifle. Here’s what you need to get started.

Review: Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD Gen 2

Leupold’s BX-4 Pro Guide HD Gen 2 rangefinding binocular blends affordability, portability and usability to deliver excellent color, clarity, depth of field and low-light performance.

#SundayGunday: Ruger Super Redhawk in .22 Hornet

Get a closer look at the Ruger Super Redhawk in .22 Hornet, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

A 3-Step Plan to Tag a Tom

Here’s a basic three-step turkey hunting plan devised to put the odds in your favor this spring.

Review: Ruger Super Wrangler

The Super Wrangler is reliable, accurate and affordable. It may well be this generation’s best of the best for a “woods” gun and is an excellent rimfire handgun choice for any hunter.

Traditions Launches Outfitter G3 in 360 Buckhammer

Traditions Firearms has announced the release of its Outfitter G3 single-shot rifle line in 360 Buckhammer. This caliber will be available in both the standard and all new Pro Series models.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.