SHOT 2014 — Norma-USA Expands U.S. Caliber Offerings

By Dave Dolbee published on in Ammunition, General

Norma-USA Expands U.S. Caliber Offerings of its High Quality American PH Hunting Bullets and Superior Brass Components.

Norma USA, has created quite a buzz with the announcement regarding the expansion to its American PH and brass components. In 2012, Norma Precision expanded it high performance offerings to the United States and hunters have taken full advantage of Norma’s double-diameter expansion and deep, terminal penetration.

In the American PH line, Norma has introduced six new calibers for the Oryx bullet including 6mm XC, 7×57, 7×57 R, 8×57 JS, 8×57 JRS and 9.3×57. Oryx bullets are perfect for larger game where accuracy and more stopping power are essential to a successful hunt. Oryx has a non-bonded tip with a thin forward jacket with an internal splitting zone. The mid-bullet jacket is bonded to the core producing a uniform structure to prevent separation or fragmentation on impact. The thicker, rear jacket wall ensures a high residual weight after impact—well over 90%. The rapid expansion to a large diameter without fragmentation provides deep penetration and high energy transfer. Oryx delivers perfect mushrooming on impact at all velocities.

Additionally, Norma’s DL line includes a 6mm XC and 6mm Norma BR bullet, GT 6.5-284 Norma and the new Norma-USA TAC-22 with a lead round nose.

New for 2014, Norma-USA brass components include .300 AAC Blackout, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, 7mm RUM, 7mm Blaser Mag., .300 RUM and the .338 Blaser Mag. All Norma-USA brass components are made from the best possible raw materials with the narrowest. Norma’s processing allows the case to hold the bullet firmly for at least 10 years without cracking due to aging materials. The hardness is increased further down the case body to avoid unnecessary stretching. Further down, around the primer pocket, the brass’ hardness is nearly twice that of around the neck.

New in the American PH line up are six new calibers for the Oryx bullet including 6mm XC, 7×57, 7×57 R, 8×57 JS, 8×57 JRS and 9.3×57. Oryx bullets are perfect for larger game where accuracy and more stopping power are essential to a successful hunt. Oryx has a non-bonded tip with a thin forward jacket with an internal splitting zone. The mid-bullet jacket is bonded to the core producing a uniform structure that prevents separation or fragmentation on impact. The thicker, rear jacket wall ensures a high residual weight after impact, well over 90%. The rapid expansion to a large diameter without fragmentation provides deep penetration and a high energy transfer. Oryx has perfect mushrooming on impact at all velocities.

What experiences have you had with Norma ammunition or reloading brass? Tell us in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (4)

  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    Another concern should probably be for the products which HAVE always come from lead from the smelter in the future. If new car batteries on’t last half as long, or are very un-reliable, we can all point the finger at government for that as well, so the ammo situation is only a part of all this. I’m sure there are other products that I’m not aware of, that will be affected by this, on down the road, too. The world is changing every day, and while we’re focusing on bullets, this closing will affect us in many other fields, I’m sure.

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  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas

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    It’s a seller’s market Super. They’ll sell it off the shelves at pretty much any price at some point. You’ve pretty much answered your question. When the government imposed such strict regulations on the lead smelter, they knew exactly what they were doing. The lead smelter could not possiblly sucome to all the regulations, logistically, or financially, so they had no choice.
    Lead for ammo didn’t come directly from the smelter anyway, it’s always been secondary lead from car batteries and wheel weights, and has been purchased up buy the ammo companies in bulk lots for production. The thing is, that supply will be depleated at some point. Also, ballistic tables will have to be re-written, because lead will have ballistic co-efficiant and trajectory from copper, or whatever the new material will be. Everything will be different, and probably not as good as lead has been up ’til now. It should be openly clear to anyone, whether a shooting enthusiast or not, why this lead smelter has had to shut down, and what the agends is.
    And Leon, wht would you even think such a thing, much less print it? Do you really beleive this is what “freedom of speech” means? Think, before you find yourself locked in a 10’X10′ room downtown with two way mirror, and two agents.

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  • Leon

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    The Traitor-in-Chief can have my ammo … in his anatomy !

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  • SUPER

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    SINCE OBAMA IS NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL IN TAKING OUR GUNS HE APPARENTLY IS WORKING ON CREATING AN AMMUNITION SHORTAGE…..SO, WHAT WILL REPLACE THE LEAD BULLET? SINCE THERE IS AN APPARENT SHORTAGE OF AMMO, I AM SURPRISED NOBODY HAS STARTED CRANKING OUT THE AMMUNITION………..EVEN AT “FAIR/REALISTIC” PRICES THEY WOULD MAKE A FORTUNE! ESPECIALLY IF THE AMMUNITION WAS PRICED REASONABLY….THEY COULDN’T KEEP IT ON THE SHELF!

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