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Winchester Shoots New Line of Ammo through World War II Classic

  • Winchester Ammunition used a vintage M1 Garand rifle at SHOT Show 2018 Range Day to showcase its new Wood Box Series of World War II ammo. (Matthew Cox/Military.com)
    Winchester Ammunition used a vintage M1 Garand rifle at SHOT Show 2018 Range Day to showcase its new Wood Box Series of World War II ammo. (Matthew Cox/Military.com)
  • Winchester Ammunition used a vintage M1 Garand rifle at SHOT Show 2018 Range Day to showcase its new Wood Box Series of World War II ammo. (Matthew Cox/Military.com)
    Winchester Ammunition used a vintage M1 Garand rifle at SHOT Show 2018 Range Day to showcase its new Wood Box Series of World War II ammo. (Matthew Cox/Military.com)

LAS VEGAS -- Winchester Ammunition used a vintage M1 Garand rifle at SHOT Show 2018 Range Day to showcase its new Wood Box Series of World War II ammo.

Show attendees got a chance to fire the Winchester-made M1 Garand manufactured in the war years, using Winchester's new M2 .30 caliber ball ammunition.

The 150 grain ball ammunition is loaded to "true M2 specifications with lower pressures ... and runs at 2,740 feet per second," said Jimmy Wilson, product manager specialist at Winchester.

The M2 ammo is one of four new cartridges Winchester will release in 2018 and 2019. There will also be 230-grain .45 caliber ammo for the 1911 .45 pistol, 110-grain .30 carbine ammo for the M1 Carbine and all-brass 12 gauge shotgun shells loaded with nine-pellet OO buckshot used in the Model 1897 and the Model 12 shotguns, Wilson said.

"We are celebrating Winchester's support of the Allied forces during World War II," he said. "Seventy-five years ago, the world was in the middle of a war ... and Winchester was there to support the troops with firearms and ammunition."

Each cartridge type will be package in a special wooden box with images of the weapons it was designed for in World War II. Each box will retail for $25.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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