Built for big bucks, Winchester® Deer Season XP® delivers massive knockdown power like no other polymer tip. The Extreme Point bullet features an oversized impact diameter, delivering greater impact trauma, better energy transfer, and larger wound cavities for faster knockdowns. If it’s brown, it’s down.
- Large-diameter polymer tip accelerates expansion resulting in rapid impact trauma
- Streamlined profile for flat trajectory and energy retention
- Tapered jacket for lethal penetration
- Alloyed lead core is optimized for maximum energy transfer and impact power
The early 150-grain and 170-grain loads, which were fairly slow by today’s standards, remained popular for the cartridge’s first 100 years or so. Eighteen years ago, I bought my oldest son, Josh, a Marlin 336 in .30-30 when he was 11. At the time, we weren’t hunting much open country and opted for the 170-grain round points offered by Remington.
Leaving the muzzle at about 2,100 fps, the big bullet turned out to be devastating. The deer he shot with it didn’t just drop, they dropped stone-cold dead in a mystifying manner. One small buck fell so hard it killed a small rodent that apparently had been scurrying down the same trail. When we went to look at the buck and turned it over, the little rodent was smashed flat, still warm.
Why I ever wanted to change ammo with that kind of performance is perplexing to me now. But then Hornady introduced its new LEVERevolution ammo, and I just had to put it to the test. The new cartridge uses an elastomer flex tip on a spitzer bullet, making it safe for use in the gun’s tubular magazine. The design is ballistically superior to its round-nosed predecessors.