In a constant quest to make a better bullet, the people at Black Hills Ammunition wanted the new technology that their friends at Hornady discovered, which made excellent bullets better. Using new ELD-M (Extreme Low Drag – Match) and ELD-X (Extreme Low Drag – eXpanding) bullets, they upgraded their Gold line rifle lineup with the highest ballistic coefficient bullets available. Flatter shooting, longer range, more effective and handcrafted with the precision you’ve come to expect from Black Hills. From .260 Remington to .338 Lapua, you now have myriad choices with increased performance.
Corbon Ammunition .457wwg
In the early 1990s Wild West Guns began building a shorter takedown and tuned version of the Marlin model 1895 in .45/70 caliber called the CoPilot. The rifle was capable of handling much higher pressure loads than the standard loads of the day. Handloading special ammo was required to get the level of performance the rifle was capable of. Along came Peter Pi of Corbon Ammunition, who is in the business of making high performance ammo. Corbonworked with Wild West Guns to produce +p ammo for use in the CoPilot rifles, allowing a factory supply of quality ammo, and it was used with much success. However there was one looming problem. If someone accidentally put the hot loaded .45/70 ammo in one of the old guns they could blow up and cause injury. Wild West Guns went to work on a new cartridge designed to maximize the capacities of the Marlin 1895 rifle. The .457wwg was born. This longer more powerful round offered improved performance and it could not be chambered in the .45/70 rifles. As a bonus the new .457wwg rifle would also fire all .45/70 rounds and also a .410 shotshell. The .457wwg fires a 350 gr jacket bullet at 2300 fps from an 18.5 bbl generating over 4100 fps of energy. That’s a lot of stopping power with very manageable recoil. In June of 2014 it became a SAMMI cartridge.
The first all-steel shotshell from HEVI-Shot, HEVI-Steel brings you more speed for increased knockdown power, with straight kills and fewer crippled birds. Clean-burning powder, precision manufactured premium steel shot, and loads to Environ-Metal Inc.’s exacting loading standards makes this the most precise steel shotshell you can find.
Rio Ammunition Bismuth
MSRP: $18 to $25
Smart vintage shotgun owners trust their treasured firearms to Rio Bismuth Game Loads. They are safe for those treasured old guns that can’t tolerate steel shot and are a perfect choice for non-toxic applications such as waterfowling. Bismuth has 86% the density of lead, giving excellent long-range power retention. It is currently available in 12- and 20-gauge with 16- and 28-gauge as well as .410 coming in 2014.
Rio Ammunition BlueSteel
MSRP: $10 to $15
Rio’s BlueSteel Game Loads pack the lethal, non-toxic punch needed for those tough waterfowling conditions. High velocities, perfectly spherical steel shot and multiple shot sizes give you the ability to succeed in adverse hunting conditions. Available in 12- and 20-gauge and in fast speeds up to 1550 fps, BlueSteel Game Loads provide great patterns and superb knockdown power.
Winchester Ammunition Ballistic Silvertip – .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge, 180-grain bullet
MSRP: $35 to $39
This bullet features a polymer tip, alloyed lead core, Black Oxide coating and a contoured jacket to deliver controlled expansion after deep penetration through tough skin, heavy muscle tissue and bone. The 180-grain bullet has a muzzle velocity of 2,950 feet per second, an initial energy of 3,478 foot-pounds and a ballistic coefficient of .507, making it a viable choice for most Alaska big-game species. Twenty rounds are included per box.
COR-BON Expedition Hunter
Starting at $92.21
Available in all the most popular calibers, the Expedition Hunter is made with COR-BON’s own modern DPX, lead-free X-panding Bullet, or the traditional Woodleigh bullets. Both of these proven bullets have the penetration to take down large thick skinned game. The ammo also comes in a newly-designed boxwith two plastic resealable, five-round field packs, totaling 10 rounds of knockdown power. A handy tear-n-go, pocket field ballistic chart is included.
Winchester Ammunition Supreme Elite XP3
MSRP Range: $39.99-$52.99 per box
About six years ago, Winchester introduced the Supreme Elite XP3- named for its unique precision, power and penetration. Winchester’s proprietary Lubalox® coating helps reduce barrel fouling for improved accuracy over long shooting sessions and the range of calibers means you can use this bullet on almost all our Alaskan game, from Sitka blacktail deer to Kodiak brown bear.
Winchester Ammunition .17 Super Magnum
MSRP: 50-roundbox $15-$20
This new rimfire cartridge is sure to help Alaska hunters take more small game. With a muzzle velocity of 3,000 feet per second, the bullet offers the downrange performance of a centerfire cartridge, extending pinpoint accuracy to 200 yards. The .17 Win Super Mag will initially be offered in three bullet types: a 20-grain polymer tip in the Varmint HV (High Velocity) line, 25-grain polymer tip in the Varmint HE (High Energy) line and a 20-grain jacketed hollow-point in the Super-X line. Ammunition will be available in a 50-round box or 500-round case. At a low price-point per bullet, shooters now get the low cost of a rimfire bullet with some of the performance features of a more expensive centerfire cartridge.
MSRP: $30.99-$89.99 Per Box
In 1982, Peter Pi, Sr. began making custom handgun hunting bullets for friends that were making the journey to Africa to hunt the “big five” with a handgun. He experimented with different designs and loads to develop a bonded bullet in jacketed hollow-point, jacketed soft-point and hard cast. The CORBON Hunter was born. During that process, he also created the Penetrator bullet, which is designed with a heavy copper jacket and hard linotype core.The CORBON Hunter line of ammunition has loads available for everything from coyote to blacktail deer, moose, and bear. Within the line there are perfect loads for encounters with bear in the wilds of Alaska. CORBON produces bullets from .357 Magnum to the mighty .500 Magnum.
Winchester Ammo Power Max Bonded
MSRP: $18 to $24 per box
Winchester Ammunition has expanded its Power Max Bonded line to now include .270 Winchester and .30-30 Winchester. The rounds feature a bonded, jacketed bullet with a proprietary bonding process that delivers massive expansion, long-range accuracy and maximum knockdown power. These would be good choice for a blacktail deer or caribou hunt.
Federal Premium Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded Bear Claw .30-06 Springfield 200 gr, & .45-70 Govt. 300 gr
MSRP: $53 for box of .30-06 and $57 for a box of .45-70
This proven line of ammunition now includes two new bullets that no doubt will find use across Alaska with hunters in pursuit of big game. These bullets have been designed for the Alaskan hunter who requires a round with high weight retention and deep bone penetration when trying to down a bear or moose.
Winchester Super-X Power Max Bonded Ammunition
New to its 2009 line of centerfire rifle ammunition, the Winchester Super-X Power Max Bonded features the company’s proprietary bonding process, which welds lead to a copper alloy jacket, the two acting together during expansion for improved penetration and retained weight. Other key features include a protected hollow-point (PHP) design, and the ammunition will be offered in seven different calibers and bullet weights in 2009.
Fusion Rifle Ammo
MSRP: $28.95 to $100 (depending on caliber)
This specialized deer bullet electrochemically joins pure copper to an extreme pressure-formed core for the best performance. The outcome is high terminal energy on impact that radiates lethal shock throughout the target. This energy is optimized through mass weight retention, a top-secret tip-skiving process and superior bullet integrity.
Winchester Ammunition Ballistic Silvertip
MSRP: $31 to $40
The Ballistic Silvertip is one of Winchester’s premier choices for centerfire rifle ammunition for big game. The round is designed with a polymer tip, alloyed lead core, Lubalox (Black Oxide) coating and a contoured jacket. It’s available in a wide range of calibers, including popular Alaska options like .300, .30-06, .308, .325 and .338.
Black Hills Ammunition .308 175-grain Sierra Tipped MatchKing Bullet
MSRP: Not available
This standard Sierra 175 MatchKing has been a staple in the Black Hills Ammunition lineup. This new version incorporates a polymer tip, which improves the bullet’s ballistic coefficient. The original provides long-range accuracy and we expect no less from this version.
CORBON 457 WWG (Wild West Guns)
MSRP: $57.11 per box
The 457 WWG caliber is what might be considered a .45-70 Magnum. The brass case is longer than the .45-70 and the 405-grain FPPN (Flat Point Penetrator) bullet makes it perfect for taking any animal in the state of Alaska. This bullet will defeat heavy hides and crush through large bones and dense muscle easily, while making its way to vital organs. The bullet leaves the muzzle at 2000 feet-per-second with an energy of 3,598-foot-pounds.