Ammunition

Ammunition reviews and articles from expert authors, gunsmiths, shooters and gun experts at Gun Digest.

The .219 Zipper.

Unzipping the Zipper

The .219 Zipper persisted fitfully from 1938 to 1962 in that purgatory reserved for cartridges that look good on paper but somehow never quite measure up in real life. At this late date, it’s difficult to determine exactly how the .219 Zipper ended up on the compost heap of shooting history.

.300 Winchester Magnum reloaded with Swift A-Frame bullets.

Reloading Ammo, the Versatile .300 Win. Mag.

The .300 Winchester Magnum is known for its accuracy, even at the longest of distances. But is it too much gun for a novice hunter or a person of small stature, particularly when hunting whitetail deer?

Defensive shotgun ammunition

Bet Your Life on It! Defensive Shotgun Ammunition

To get everything out of a smooth bore when it matters most means feeding it the right loads. Here’s some top choices for defensive shotgun ammunition certain to come through in the most dire situations.

Defensive ammunition choice is about picking what works best to neutralize armed and dangerous human beings before they can maim or murder. Scientific testing of ammo in ballistic gelatin can help predict bullet performance in the field, but at the end of the day, it is the performance and not the prediction that will matter.

Is Hollowpoint the Best Defensive Ammo for Concealed Carry?

Sterile lab testing in ballistic gelatin is great, but the ultimate laboratory is the street. Here are the loads that seem to be doing best there, input written in blood from gunfights police departments have experienced with defensive ammunition.

The Winchester Defender 20 gauge segmenting slug acts like a slug and buckshot.

20-Gauge Slug Added to Winchester’s Defender Line

Winchester's Defender Line just got bigger with the addition of a 20-gauge segmenting slug, a round that aims to simplify the shotgun platform. It offers all the advantages of buckshot and a slug, without shooters having to reload.

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Video: Does G2 Research’s R.I.P. Ammo Stack Up?

R.I.P. ammo has made a lot of noise recently, claiming it's “The Last Round You'll Ever Need”. But is that the fact of the matter? Take a look at these videos of ballistic tests to see if the 9mm round really lives up to its hype.

Precision is a key in working up varmint loads.

Reloading .22-Caliber Centerfire Cartridges

Reloading .22-caliber centerfire cartridges requires precision, but the attention to detail pays off in the field. Accurately loaded cartridges can make your next varmint hunt -- whether it be squirrel, woodchuck or coyote -- a blast.