Even if you aren’t into guns and ammo, even if you aren’t into the story of the Wild West, even if you aren’t a big fan of the history of America, everyone knows the name, Winchester. The popular ammo brand comes from a company with a storied history that dates back more than a century.
Oliver Winchester founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1866. Today, the firearms side of the business is headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut. The Winchester brand is currently owned by the Olin Corporation. Most of the ammunition manufactured under the Winchester name is produced in Alton, Illinois (just outside St. Louis, Missouri) and Oxford, Mississippi.
With a storied past and reputation for reliability acting as a tailwind of sorts, Winchester continues to be one of the largest and most respected ammunition manufacturers in the world today. You can find their rounds for sale across dozens of calibers for pistols, rifles and shotguns here at BulkAmmo.com.
Early History of Winchester
After many internal issues, corporate politics, and re-structuring, Oliver Winchester came out as the majority stockholder of Winchesters’ predecessor, the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company. After very little success, Winchester and his partner bought out what was left of the VRAC. In 1857, they rebuilt it as the New Haven Arms Company.
The New Haven Arms Co. built the first Henry Rifles in 1860 along with the Spencer Rifle. Both rifles were a success and quite a few were used by the Union Army during the Civil War. These two iconic repeating rifles secured the NHAC’s place in history.
Birth of Winchester Repeating Arms
Soon after in 1866, New Haven Arms was re-structured into the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Winchester took the Henry rifle pattern, improved and modified it, and it was reborn as the Winchester Model 1866 repeating rifle.
The Winchester Model 1873 was the next rifle to become a massive success. It was successful for multiple reasons, but one of the most important ones was Winchesters 1stcenterfire cartridge offering… the .44-40 WCF (Winchester Center Fire). The bigger Model 1876 came after the Model 1873, and the 1876 was chambered in larger calibers. They hadn’t yet achieved making a rifle with a chamber long enough to fit the .45-70 Government round. But, they were able to make a rifle with the .45-70 Govt by using the Model 1886 Browning design.
On into the 20thcentury Winchester made firearms for World War I, World War II, and now Winchester firearms are made in many modern factories all over the world. The factories are located in Portugal, Japan, Belgium, Turkey, and some designs are overseen by the Winchester R&D team in Morgan, Utah. Winchester firearms have a complicated, interesting, and rich history that is worth learning about. Not just for a basic history lesson, but also for learning more about the history of the American Firearm.
Winchester Ammunition and Olin Corporation
Even though the Olin Corporation retained the name brand of Winchester and licensed it out, they retained the rights to make ammunition. The Olin headquarters is in Clayton, Missouri and was founded back in 1892 or 126 years ago.
Olin/Winchester ammunition produces several extremely well-known cartridges. Many of them are cartridges born “in-house” that are still used all over the world today. Winchester earned fame for the .50 BMG, the .308 Winchester, the .30-30 or .30 WCF (Winchester Centerfire), .44-40 WCF (Winchester Centerfire), the .243 and .270 Winchester, the .300 Winchester Magnum, and the .22 Magnum or .22 WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire). Of course, in addition to the ammunition that we're used to seeing on the shelves for sale, they also dedicate a significant amount of their production capacity to fulfilling military contracts for entities like the United States Department of Defense.
Popular Winchester Lines of Ammunition
Along with those extremely well-known calibers, Winchester produces multiple ammunition lines in places like their Oxford plant pictured above. Odds are good you’ve heard of most of these, even if you’re just a casual shooter or hunter.
Some of Winchester’s well-known ammo lines in alphabetical order are:
- Ballistic Silvertip
- Deer Season XP and XP Copper Impact
- Defender series
- Dual Bond
- Expedition Big Game and Big Game Long Range
- Platinum Tip
- Power Max Bonded
- Ranger & Ranger T / Black Talon
- Super Clean
- Super X
- Super Suppressed
- USA Forged
- Varmint X
- VX Lead Free
- W Train and Defend
- White Box (Winchester USA)
- WWII Victory Series.
Those are just the Rifle and Handgun ammo types. We haven’t even touched on the 18 different lines of shotshells Winchester crafts for almost every flying animal (except bald eagles, that’s illegal, you Commie!), and for a few 2 and 4 legged animals.
Winchester White Box
The Winchester White Box or “USA White Box” line has been used by shooters for generations. It’s probably one of the most easily recognized ammunition lines that Winchester makes.
USA White Box ammo comes in plenty of calibers, plenty of bullet configurations, all 3 firearm types, and all of them are proudly Made In The USA. This ammo is synonymous with value and is typically considered a range training round. Heck, there are a lot of us that got our first taste of gunpowder by shooting Winchester White Box with family.
Winchester Super-X Ammunition
The popular Super-X line is one of their longest running and has been around since 1922.
The Super X lineup includes shotgun loads, handgun rounds, and rifle cartridges. The Super X line is made for various animals and sports, in multiple configurations, and they are Made In The USA of course.
Winchester Dual Bond
Winchester also makes Dual Bond rounds that have a bonded jacket/lead bullet for increased weight retention and stopping power. Dual Bond rounds are made for hunting all sorts of game and are also Made In The USA.
Ranger Self-Defense Ammunition
And finally, Olin/Winchester makes the famous Ranger Ammunition Line for self-defense, Government, and LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers). Multiple departments all over the USA depend on the Ranger ammo line for defending their officers in the field, so it must be reliable and stop the threat if need be. Ranger ammo is available in rifle, handgun, and shotgun loads. The Ranger Pistol line comes in Bonded, Frangible, FMJ, FMJ-E, JHP, and the awesome T-Series rounds. The Ranger T-Series is among the best types of self-defense cartridges on the market and retains 98%-99% of its overall weight when it strikes the target. T-Series rounds come in .380 ACP, .357 Sig, 9mm/9mm +P/9mm +P+, .40 S&W, and .45 Auto (ACP)/.45 Auto +P.
Technically, Ranger T is known as a “law enforcement only” round. That means it can be hard to find available for sale to the general public. Occasionally, we will come across a few cases of these rounds and when we do, you’ll find them listed on our site for sale but they typically sell pretty quickly!
Winchester has a long history of innovation, quality, and attention to detail. This reputation extends to their high-end firearms and high-quality ammunition manufacturing. They Even though there are many, many more products, firearms, and ammo types we could cover, there are just too many to list in this article. Knowing how strict Olin/Winchester is about their tolerances and designs, you can bet that all of these products are well made and have a stellar record of reliable use.
Winchester's Outside Licensing Deals
There are two subsidiaries of one company that are using the Winchester name through the licensing. Both of those companies are owned by the Herstal Group. One of the companies is Belgian firearms manufacturer FN or Fabrique Nationale. FN is probably best known for their firearms such as the SCAR-17S, M-249 SAW, the FN 5.7 pistol, and many others. The other company that has a licensing deal is the Browning Arms Company based out of Ogden, Utah. Odds are good if you’re a hunter, you’ve heard of Browning and you might have even seen some of the Browning Ammunition that we carry for sale here.
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500 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Winchester - 40gr LRNI am very dissapointed with this ammo. I have a S&W Victory and I have had repeated failure to fire with this ammo. A buddy and I went to the range yesterday and I gave him a box to try and he also experienced the same thing. Strong firing pin marks and still no boom. If this happened once in a while it wouldnt be that big a deal but we couldnt get thru an entire magazine. Yes I had half a box of CCI Blazer that I put through it with zero malfunctions.(Posted on 11/11/2019)
500 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Winchester USA Target Pack - 115gr FMJShot 200 rounds on my new Taurus G2C with no misfires, but notice lots of burnt powder on pistol.(Posted on 11/06/2019)
500 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Winchester Service Grade - 115gr FMJShot all but 50 rounds, no squib rounds! highly recommend.(Posted on 10/24/2019)
500 Rounds of 9mm Ammo by Winchester Service Grade - 115gr FMJSo far I've put about 400 rounds of these through my gun. No issues at all and I just ordered more. The plain box and foam tray saves some $$ which is great for range days. And bulkammo.com got it to me in 2 days! This is now my go-to range ammo and my go-to ammo store! And my compliance info is saved which makes future purchases extremely easy and quick.(Posted on 10/17/2019)
5000 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Winchester - 40gr LRNHave been shooting Wildcats for decades and I prefer these rounds over all others. They are accurate and inexpensive, and are no more dirty than any other .22LR round. Was extremely hard to find at any price during the obama years and the great Ammo shortage but are now easy to find and at a fantastic price. Grab a case today and do some plinkin’ at its best.(Posted on 10/10/2019)
500 Rounds of .45 ACP Ammo by Winchester - 230gr FMJI have bought this ammo before. It is nice and shiny. Works flawlessly in both my Smith&Wesson .45s clean burning. I would even use it for self defense.(Posted on 10/07/2019)
555 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Winchester - 36gr CPHPI have had good luck using this ammo, it seems quite consistent and accurate. It cycles well in a SR22, GSG1911-22, and Marlin model 60. I recommend it highly.(Posted on 10/05/2019)
2000 Rounds of .22 LR Ammo by Winchester M22 - 40gr CPRNCant believe how quickly it shipped. Good deal too. Goes so quick though, will have to buy more.(Posted on 09/27/2019)
500 Rounds of .40 S&W Ammo by Winchester - 165gr FMJAmmo ran perfect in my glock 23 so far out of 300 rounds. Will be buying more and this will probably be my preferred range ammo.(Posted on 09/17/2019)
20 Rounds of .308 Win Ammo by Winchester Supreme Silvertip - 150gr Polymer TippedMy stainless steel encore barrel won't group with any other ammo. With this ammo, it groups less than 3/4 inch at 100 yards.(Posted on 09/06/2019)