I’m starting to get really interested in this cartridge. It’s going to change a lot of things, not just on the hunting side but also the competition side. It will be interesting to see shooting sports that focus on rimfire and allow cartridges other than .22 Long Rifle; the performance Winchester is talking about is nowhere near what other rimfires are capable of.
But as always, it will come down to price; we said it before, if this isn’t cost-effective when compared to other popular centerfire cartridges it will be hard for shooters to justify.
That being said, who needs to justify it? This looks like crazy fun times for all.
Here’s another press release about it:
EAST ALTON, Ill. (Jan. 3, 2013) – Coyotes, prairie dogs and other varmints, beware. In 2013, Winchester® Ammunition will arm small game hunters with the most revolutionary rimfire cartridge in the company’s almost 150-year history – the .17 Winchester Super Magnum.
The .17 Win Super Mag offers the downrange performance of a centerfire cartridge at only a fraction of the cost. For the first time in history, hunters can expect pinpoint accuracy and devastating performance from a rimfire cartridge at ranges well past 200 yards.
“Our engineers have been developing the top-secret .17 Win Super Mag caliber for more than three years and the rimfire revolution begins now,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of sales, marketing and strategy. “At 3,000 feet per second it’s the fastest modern rimfire cartridge on the planet. The downrange energy deposited by the .17 Win Super Mag will be a game-changer for varmint and predator hunters everywhere.”
The .17 Win Super Mag will initially be offered in three bullet types: a 20-grain plastic tip in the Varmint HV® (High Velocity) line, 25-grain plastic tip in the Varmint HE® (High Energy) line and a 20-grain jacketed hollow point in the legendary Super-X® line. Each .17 Win Super Mag bullet will far surpass the long-range wind drift and bullet-drop limitations of popular rimfire calibers like .22 Win Mag and .17 HMR, while depositing more than 150 percent more energy than both.
“Part of the appeal of rimfire ammunition to high-volume shooters is the relatively low cost,” added Flaugher. “With the launch of .17 Win Super Mag, now hunters will get the downrange performance of a centerfire cartridge at the more affordable price point of traditional rimfire ammunition. It’s the best of both worlds for our customers.”
.17 Win Super Mag specifications:
Symbol Sub Brand Bullet Weight/Type Muzzle Velocity S17W20 Varmint HV 20-gr Plastic Tip 3,000 fps S17W25 Varmint HE 25-gr Plastic Tip 2,600 fps X17W20 Super-X 20-gr JHP 3,000 fps
Each of the brand-new .17 Win Super Mag symbols will be offered in a 50-round box and 1,000-round case. The ammunition will be available at Winchester dealers by April 2013. For more information on the .17 Win Super Mag, visit Winchester.com in January 2013.
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