Cartridges of the 2010s so far

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Posted May 4, 2014 by muzzlevelocity in Ammunition

It could be argued that the introduction of new rifle, pistol, and rimfire cartridges to the market is superfluous in 2014 given that by 1960, there were enough extant rounds to fill all hunting and shooting niches many times over. Still, variety is the spice of life and the introduction of new cartridges, if nothing else, keeps the world of hunting and shooting interesting. Here, then, is the very short list of new rounds introduced to the market so far this decade. This particular list is, for the sake of keeping things simple, limited to rounds offered by the major firearms and ammo makers and excludes those cartridges invented by individual wildcatters and the many fine small firearms and ammo manufacturers. This list will be updated as more new rounds are introduced.

.17 Winchester Super Magnum (introduced in 2013)

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Possibly the first rimfire round introduced by a major manufacturer capable of attaining a muzzle velocity of 3,000 f/s, the .17 WSM is currently chambered in the Savage B-Mag and the Volquartsen Custom Deluxe. The .17 WSM case was derived from a .27 caliber nail gun blank and can launch a 20-grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 3,000 f/s and a 25-grain projectile at 2,600 f/s.

.26 Nosler (introduced 2013)

.26 Nosler

Designed to be an incredibly flat shooting 6.5mm round, the .26 Nosler was unveiled in November of 2013. According to the company, the .26 Nosler will launch a 129-grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of up to 3,400 f/s and a 140-grain at up to 3,300 f/s. The .26 Nosleris purported to be flat shooting out to 415 yards making it a potentially excellent open country big game round.

7.62x35mm aka. .300 AAC Blackout (approved by SAAMI in 2011)

While the basic idea of the .300 blackout and its twin, the proprietary .300 whisper have been around for a good number of years, it wasn’t until 2011 when the official approval of the Shooting Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute cemented the round’s place in the mainstream market. Designed for the AR-15 platform by Advanced Armament Corporation in cooperation with Remington Defense, the .300 Blackout is ballistically the equivalent of the 7.62x39mm with 125 grain bullets, and is also capable of firing heavy bullets up to 220-grains at subsonic velocities. The cartridge was invented to be easily suppressible.


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