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Ammo: Australian for Ammo. Australian Outback .223 Remington Ammunition

Picture shows a box of .223 Remington ammunition made by Australian Outback.

When you think of world-class hunting opportunities, I’m betting Australia doesn’t come to mind. America and Africa are probably at the top of your list. Though, I suspect Australia’s hunting tradition does not run as deep, wide or thick as ours, there are still many Australians who hunt. In fact, there are 2.75 million registered guns in Australia and 730,000 license holders.

Like in the States, hunting seasons, Australia’s states and territories determine bag limits and regulations. Australia protects the majority of its native animal species and do not allow hunting them. However, Australia has plenty of invasive species that have no season. Similar to here in the United States, predators—what the Australians call “pests”—are allowed to be hunted all year. Rabbits, fox, feral pig, and in the Northern Territory—Arabian camel—are examples. Most hunting done in Australia is for controlling pest populations and protecting livestock, as opposed to sport and food.

I reached out to some of my Australian mates and asked them about hunting traditions. One answered, “Gun tolerance and ownership is regional. Out west (country), people love hunting and most will hold a gun license.” A female Aussie friend, much like many of my women friends in America, answered that her grandfather owned a gun and her brothers were raised shooting hunting rifles.

However, Australia is cracking down on where it allows people to hunt now, “Australia is definitely a lot more regulated than the states, with the ‘buyback’ scheme that occurred in ’96 being a prime example of pushing to reduce gun ownership.” Since firearms are heavily restricted, many choose to purchase bows. One of my friends who lives on a large farm chooses to own a bow mainly for target shooting.

Australia certainly has stringent restrictions regarding how and which firearms citizens can own. Australia bans all semiautomatic and pump-action long guns. Australia does not have any particular large or dangerous game, except camel and water buffalo. Therefore, there is not much demand for calibers larger than .308. Most Australian hunters favor calibers that use a .22 caliber bullet.

Reloading for hunters is popular in Australia and one of the most reliable and best propellants in the world surprisingly hails from Australia. Hodgdon has been importing Australian Munitions powder for over 25 years. Over seven million kilograms of powder to be exact! And now, Australian Munitions plant is exporting ammunition. However, making ammunition is nothing new for Australian Munitions. They have been producing ammo since 1888 and provide the Australian military with all its small and large munitions.

Imported by DKG Trading, Inc., Australian Outback ammo has only been available in the United Sates for a few months. Using U.S.-manufactured match and hunting bullets with Australian Munitions-made powder and cases, the ammo is currently available in .223 Remington and .308 Winchester.

Using a top-secret combination of powder that Australian Outback Ammo calls “Ballistic Temperature Independence” (BTI), the company claims that extreme temperatures will not effect the bullet’s velocity. The point of impact supposedly hardly varies from -20 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Curiosity got the better of me due to the claims and affordable price per box. I decided to give a few boxes of the 55-grain Sierra Blitzking a try. Packed 20 rounds per box in two 10-round black plastic cases, the Australian Outback ammo is bright and shiny. The entire round is clean as a whistle. Made by Sierra, the green polymer tipped bullet is specifically for varmint hunting. Though not marketed as such, this bullet is of match-grade quality.

Designed for longer ranges than I was shooting for this test, the 55-grain Blitzking has a whopping 3,264 high-velocity. This ammo hits a bit heavier and harder than the Ultramax reloads I shot for comparison. The rifles I selected for this test were a Daniel Defense V7 with a 1:7 twist, 16-inch barrel and a Kel-Tec SU-16C also sporting a 16-inch barrel, but with a 1:9 twist. Given my time constraints, limited range, hot conditions and shooting off-hand, I had zero complaints with the way the ammo was grouping. I had two fliers, but those were easily attributable to factors other than the ammo. The Daniel Defense was shooting low and left, but the EoTech and magnifier I was using was not sighted in. It would have been an easy correction, but I was more worried about the groups than the gun. Despite that and the fact that I did not have a bench rest to shoot from, the groups were tight and consistent.

The proprietary powder means you get consistent velocity and reliability from the moment you sight in on the bench in the hot sun to fall hunting.

This competitively priced ammo from Australia gives you match-grade accuracy, consistent tight groups, and power required for the quick takedown of varmints. If you are serious about your target shooting, you will be completely satisfied with the match-grade accuracy with the 55-grain BlitzKing bullet.

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Have you tried Australian Outback ammunition? Describe your experience in the comment section.

[suzanne] This article originally published on September 13, 2013.

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Comments (18)

  1. I am an Aussie shooting .223 for target work and we shoot up to 900yds, I use ADI 2208 pushing 80 gn projectiles nand group at around 1 MOA now and then(wind is flexible in our area.Great products made By ADI.

  2. Bought a box on a whim. Thought I would try it through my Howa Mini Action 1500. I was amazed. Sub zero groups at 100 yds. I am sold on this. Being from Texas, this a varmint special. I have since bought several more, and still get the same results.

  3. The Gun Laws in Australia vary from Territory to Territory. What Applies to One, may not apply to another. That included’s Shotgun and Long-Barreled Rifles. There are few National Gun Laws in Australia, the Oldest’s dates back to 1788. And applies to Shooting the Locals (aka “Aborigines”). The shooting in 2002 at Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria. Limit’s Handgun caliber to .38-caliber, but NO Specific mentioning of what a .38-caliber IS or the Type of Handgun to be USED, as long as it’s Single Action. 11.43mm (aka .45acp) Endorsements (Permit’s) are Available, on a Need-To-Know basis.

  4. in the article it says “Australia bans all semiautomatic and pump-action long guns.”

    I think semiauto rifles can be owned under certain conditions such as a disability that makes it difficult or impossible for you to work a bolt but they are Category D classified.
    Also, I think that pump-action rifles (not shotguns) are permitted, at least here in QLD so long as it complies with a few conditions such as magazine capacity: “if the category B weapon has a lever or pump action—with a maximum capacity of more than 10 rounds for the weapon;”

  5. I would not purchase ammunition manufactured in a country whose Government did everything they could to disarm and infringe upon the gun ownership of their citizens !

    1. I’ve got three guns in my safe. Sat a simple safety course, got a stat dec signed and had my license in 2 weeks. Its very easy to get a gun in Australia. No semi autos unless you have a real need for it.

    2. So you would penalise those trying to make an honest living simply because of a government policy that has nothing to do with them? The irony is that by producing quality ammunition at a good price, Australian Munitions is doing its part to HELP Australian shooters ENJOY their sport DESPITE government policy. Thanks for supporting Australian shooters, mate. Not.

  6. Why buy any ammo not made in the USA? If need be start reloading your own like I did. Then give the ammo manufacturing companies a 6 month moratorium. Get in line or we gun people will starve them into line.

    1. @ Bullet.

      Well if your buy Wolf ammo for your AK, then your buying Russian made ammunition. And if your buying Lutz Moller ammo for your Hunting Rifle, than you buying German made ammunition…

  7. If you don’t have the time or facilities to do the testing properly, don’t do it at all. This review gave us almost no helpful information we could use to compare this ammo with other options.

  8. I find it an very interesting conundrum that you can purchase exported ammo from Australia while the Bolshevik controlled government is hell bound on trying to disarm all it’s citizens?

    Ammo is usually the first line item they try to kill off rendering your firearm useless ( unless you are a reloader ) and then you must have a reliable powder supplier.

    Interesting, to say the least. I’m open for expanded comments on this subject……..

    1. From Wikipedia – As of 2015 about 815,000 people had a gun licence in Australia and there was around 3.5 to 5.5 million Registered Firearms in Australia. Most people own and use firearms for purposes such as hunting, controlling feral animals, collecting, security work, and target shooting.

      Thats out of a population of 23 million. Hardly a Bolshevik Dictatorship.

  9. Being Australian myself I can attest there are a LOT of .308Win used for hunting (I’m a Big fan of ADI Brass and Powder (ADI2206H and ADI2208) – which I think in the US is sold as Varget or Hodgdon or something?) and ever increasing numbers of .223R as well. .22LR is a LOT of fun here too (for Wraskely Wabbits and general plinking on a budget).

    However, there is also a portion of the community who get in to things like .243W (which shoots like a LASER) and various 6.5mm coming off the .308W Bolt Head. So don’t write off that stuff, if it floats your boat. On the flipside, if you want to go shoot .338LapMag (*tingles*) and .50BMG, there are few Public Ranges and game that requires it – if you want to slap steel with those things, join the army 🙂

    And despite the perception in some parts of the country (as the author correctly points out, attitudes towards firearms very VERY regional), we’re also getting more and more people into the sport (much to the chargrin of the Anti-gun Lobby, who keeps trying to close our ranges and force more rules upon the people LEAST likely to offend – law-abiding gun owners!).

    Regarding the 1996 Gun buy-back, I beleive it was in 2012 that firearm numbers returned to their ‘pre-96’ level – constantly FALLING gun-crime numbers and constantly increasing ownership numbers can only be a good thing. All the buy-back did was take our Semi’s off us 🙁

    But yeah, just my 2cents. We’re not JUST a country of .22LR shooters! 🙂

  10. I AM SORRY—– when you get a BUCK a squeeze FORGET it that is tooooooo expensive and like most AR’s mine are 1 in 7 twist and 55 grains is too light ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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