NEW for 2024: Best Rifle Ammo for Tactical, Hunting & Sport

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Another SHOT Show is in the rearview, where we pounded the pavement looking for all the new guns, optics and gear. Along the way, we’ve uncovered 20 new offerings–the best rifle ammo for 2024, giving shooters new options available for duty, competition and hunting. Shooter, ready?

Best Rifle Ammo for 2024!

Federal Fusion Tipped 7mm Rem Mag

The new polymer-tipped design on Federal’s Fusion Tipped 7mm Rem Mag delivers a uniform and consistent expansion of the copper-jacketed bullet upon impact. Flying flatter than ever, this round boasts an increase in both energy and ballistic coefficient, all features that allow this round to further its effective range without sacrificing accuracy. Nine assorted calibers make up the new Fusion Tipped lineup, catering to those hunting game of all shapes and sizes. (federalpremium.com)

Federal Premium HammerDown 360 BuckHammer

Federal HammerDown 360 Buckhammer

With lever guns flooding the market nowadays, it’s only natural to see the HammerDown line extended to include the popular 360 BuckHammer. Specifically designed to feed smoothly through the tubular magazines of lever guns, this soft-point tipped round has quickly risen as a top contender when it comes to hunting whitetail in states restricted to straight-walled cartridges. With the same reliable performance of chamberings created before its inception, the 360 Buckhammer is on track to fill many a freezer for years to come. (federalpremium.com)

Remington 22 Golden Hunter

Remington 22 Golden Hunter

New on the market is the 22 Golden Hunter, launched by Remington with small game and varmint hunters in mind. This new round is crafted to expand rapidly upon impact without fear of completely passing through, quickly and ethically dispatching the intended target. Whether you hunt with a rifle or handgun, you can expect both reliable and optimal performance through this small, yet mighty cartridge. (remington.com)

Remington Premier CuT 

Remington Premier CuT

The copper-tipped monolithic bullet is the star of the show when it comes to Remington’s new Premier CuT lineup. Boasting a weight retention of 95%, the copper alloy construction of the bullet not only staves off the worry of jacket separation but ensures optimal performance in flight and upon impact. The new line consists of nine popular chamberings for medium- to large-game hunting and is sure to be a top contender amongst competitors. (remington.com)

Winchester 400 Legend PowerPoint

Winchester 400 Legend Power Point

Following in the footsteps of the popular 350 Legend, Winchester has released 400 Legend PowerPoint, new for 2024. While enjoyed by hunters across the country, this cartridge caters especially to those restricted to hunting with straight-walled cartridges. With more energy and less recoil than 12-gauge slugs, the 400 Legend PowerPoint is an easy-shooting yet hard-hitting round whitetail have come to fear. (winchester.com)

Hornady 22 ARC V-Match

Hornady 22ARC V-Match

Hornady’s 22 ARC has caused quite a stir amongst hunters and target shooters alike. The 62-grain ELD-VT bullet that tops the V-Match round was designed to rapidly fragment upon impact, delivering devastating stopping power to groundhogs, coyotes, and the like. With optimal aerodynamics and performance provided by patented AMP bullet jackets, the bar is set high for what is to be expected of such an offering. (hornady.com)

Browning Ammunition MaxPoint 28 Nosler

Browning Ammunition MaxPoint 28 Nosler

Expanding upon its already popular MaxPoint line of ammunition, Browning releases new for 2024 a hard-hitting 28 Nosler variant. The nickel-plated case of this round is topped off with a 140-grain copper-jacketed, polymer-tipped bullet. With a muzzle velocity of over 3,300 fps, the bullet rapidly expands upon penetration, delivering precise and lethal stopping power to the intended target, with mule deer, whitetail, and antelope being amongst the top choices of hunters country-wide. (browningammo.com)

Winchester Super Suppressed 400 Legend

Winchester Super Suppressed 400 Legend

New from Winchester this year is their Super Suppressed 400 Legend. This new round is manufactured with a 300-grain OTR bullet consistent and reliable in both suppressed and non-suppressed rifles. With a muzzle velocity of 1,060 fps, this sub-sonic round presents itself with a very welcomed noise reduction. The bullet core is encased in a copper jacket at the base, effectively minimizing fouling. (winchester.com)

Barnes JHP Rifle

Whether you’re hitting the range to bang steel or setting out on a coyote hunt, the new JHP Rifle line from Barnes has you covered. This new lineup consists of eight assorted options, with calibers to include .243 WIN, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 WIN,  .308 WIN, 30-06 Sprg, .223 Remington, and 300 AAC Blackout.  Additional options are available for several of the offerings when it comes to bullet weight and style. Versatility is key as you travel from the range, to the field and back again with no sacrifices to quality, accuracy, and reliability. (barnesbullets.com)

HSM Tipping Point

HSM Tipping Point

Tip the odds in your favor with HSM’s new Tipping Point line of hunting ammunition. This new line is offered in eight of the most popular calibers for hunting, including but not limited to .308 WIN, 30-06 Springfield, and .270 WIN. Each round is topped with the new Gamechanger bullet from Sierra, bringing match-grade accuracy to the field, thus ensuring quick and ethical harvesting, preserving as much meat as possible. (hsmammunition.com)

Ammo Inc. Hunt Cu 300 Win Mag

Ammo Inc. Hunt Cu 300 Win Mag

New for 2024, Ammo Inc. launches its new Hunt line of ammunition. This series is made up of three different bullet styles meant to appeal to hunters in all 50 states, even those banning lead projectiles. The bullet styles that make up the new Hunt line include SST and V-Max bullets, Soft Point interlock bullets, and a lead-free, monolithic copper option from the Cu line. Pictured, the hard-hitting .300 Win Mag, with more options coming later this year. (ammoinc.com)

Federal Premium ELD-X – 7mm PRC

Federal Premium ELD-X – 7mm PRC

Federal expands upon the ELD-X line to now include the pictured 175-grain 7mm PRC, as well as a 143-grain 6.5 PRC option. Meticulous and thoughtful construction of these rounds means a myriad of benefits for the end user, such as optimized downrange stability and a very high ballistic coefficient due in part to the bullet’s unique polymer tip, concentric copper jacket, and aerodynamic secant ogive. Hunting ammo with match-grade accuracy… guaranteed to put meat on the table. (federalpremium.com)

Fiocchi Hyperformance Hunt .223 Rem

Fiocchi Hyperformance Hunt .223 Rem

This round, dedicated to delivering an edge on game far and near, features controlled expansion upon impact. It also retains maximum weight for optimal knockdown power. Pictured here is the .223 Rem, topped with Barnes’ 50-grain Varmint Grenade Bullet. The name says it all on that one, folks! Additional calibers available include 300 Blackout, 7mm-08 REM, .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, and many more. (fiocchiusa.com)

Fiocchi KnockDown .243 WIN

Fiocchi KnockDown .243 WIN

Created for the avid hunter, this all-copper, hollow-point bullet design delivers optimal penetration and ensures a flatter trajectory. It delivers a devastating energy transfer and controlled expansion upon impact. The proprietary powders utilized burn clean and hot, maximizing efficiency and ensuring consistent results round after round. The KnockDown line consists of eight varieties including, but not limited to, .243 WIN, 300 WIN MAG, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 WIN, and many more. (fiocchiusa.com)

SIG Elite Series Accubond

SIG Elite Series Accubond .308 WIN

SIG’s Elite Series Accubond ammunition features Nosler’s Accubond bullet, combining a sleek profile, polymer tip, and the robustness of a bonded bullet. The bonded core design ensures that the core and jacket remain intact, facilitating maximum energy transfer and outstanding terminal performance. Combine this with high-end components and you have quite the versatile hunting cartridge. Currently, there are three options to choose from in this lineup: 6.5 Creedmoor (140-grain), .270 Winchester (150-grain), and .308 Winchester (165-grain). (sigsauer.com)

Nosler Trophy Grade 7mm PRC

Nosler Trophy Grade 7mm PRC

This new 7mm PRC features an AccuBond Long Range 175-grain Spitzer bullet sitting atop Nosler Brass. The Trophy Guide lineup delivers lightning-quick velocities and a flat trajectory. It cuts through the wind with ease en route to the intended target. While the bonded core AccuBond LR bullet hits hard at closer ranges, it still packs a punch with approximately 2,000 ft-lbs of energy at 700 yards, undoubtedly appealing to long-range hunters. (nosler.com)

Winchester Varmint X .223 Rem

Winchester Varmint X 223 REM 55gr

Contributing to the plethora of varmint rounds introduced this year, Winchester released Varmint X in .223 Rem. The polymer tip of the bullet topping this round furthers long-range capabilities and ensures swift expansion upon impact. With a thin, alloy jacket and a carefully engineered sidewall profile, this new varmint round delivers devastating fragmentation upon penetration. (winchester.com)

Black Hills 6mm ARC 90-grain Dual Performance

Black Hills 6mm ARC

Black Hills has released a new 6mm ARC round with an enhanced bullet and carefully crafted 90-grain Dual Performance load, delivering a trajectory flatter than its 103-grain predecessor. A wide, 7-inch wound channel forms upon impact and expansion from the monolithic, solid copper bullet, stopping game in its tracks. The solid copper shank continues to penetrate even further into the target, delivering the final blow. (black-hills.com)

Remington UMC Leadless .223 Rem

Remington UMC Leadless .223 Rem

Recent years brought more and more states and ranges placing restrictions on the types of ammunition allowed. New for 2024, Remington has released two new rounds to the UMC LeadLess lineup, with those being 9mm Luger and .223 Rem. Providing the same performance as their FMJ counterparts, the new LeadLess rounds are 100% lead-free, with a copper-jacketed compressed core bullet that reduces splashback if shooting steel targets. (remington.com)

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