Back in January at SHOT show 2018 Adam had the chance to put some of Winchester’s new commemorative .30-06 ammunition down range through a World War Two vintage M1 Garand. On the 3rd July, Winchester announced that their new Victory Series ammunition had begun shipping.
Winchester’s website explains the idea behind the new Victory Series:
“Winchester pays honor to the 75th anniversary of World War II with its Victory Series ammunition, specially packaged in collector’s cartons and wood boxes. All ammunition as part of the series will also include special head stamps and period correct load specifications.”
Initially, for 2018, Winchester will be shipping two calibres, .30 Caliber Ball M2 (.30-06) and .45 Caliber Ball M1911. This will be followed next year by two more types of common wartime US ammunition: .30 Caliber, Carbine Ball, M1 and 12 Gauge M19 Brass.
The new Victory Series is loaded to period specifications, the .30-06 round has a 150 grain bullet and a velocity of around 2,740 feet per second – which was M2 Ball’s minimum specified velocity. The .45 ACP round is rated as firing a 230 grain bullet at 855 feet per second. The rounds will also have period correct head stamps such as “Winchester 30-05 SPRG”.
The ammunition comes in what Winchester describe as ‘collectable packaging’ which features a wooden outer box with a stylised Winchester logo and scenes alongside facts specific to the ammunition and the weapons it was used in such as: “15 billion rounds of ammunition were manufactured by Winchester and delivered to American troops during the war.” and “Over the course of the war Winchester built more than half a milliom M1 Garand rifles and accompanying ammunition for the US Military.” The ammunition itself is packaged in cardboard packets which copy the original wartime packaging’s style.