I’ll be Home for Christmas – Winchester Style

Ron Spomer |

Puzzled over what to get your hunter for Christmas? Make it ammunition, the gift that keeps them shooting.

img_9722-59Unlike ties, sweaters and fruit cake, ammunition is always in style and never goes unused. Even if you buy the wrong caliber, your recipient can easily trade it in for the right size.

Of course, serious shooters are likely to prefer a specific load and bullet. Don’t let that deter you. Gift ammo can be used for practice, which is what every shooter and hunter needs most. Anyone who is gifted ammo that they imagine isn’t very good for hunting will at least shoot it at paper, dirt clods or cans. When they do, they might be pleasantly surprised to discover a load more accurate than their old favorite.

coyotesIf you yourself are ammo savvy, the smart move would be to buy something new that you like or you know your friend has never tried — but should. Like Deer Season with its new, hard-hitting Extreme Point bullet. Gifting new loads forces your recipient into stretching beyond the same old same old.
Another option is the ammo smorgasbord. A little of this, a little of that, a box of everything. Or at least a good selection. Someone who has always shot 130-grain Power Points in 270 Winchester might never discover the benefits of a 150-grain load unless you give him one. Ditto the 130-grain Ballistic Silvertip or Power Max Bonded. Winchester’s selection for various calibers is wonderfully extensive.

_-716_spk2seq-copyIf your shooter has a 22 rimfire, your gift buying challenges are over.  Winchester builds and sells more varieties of 22 rimfire ammunition than most of us have ever tried. Most 22 rimfire rifles shoot best with one particular load, but you have to discover this by trial and error. Receiving a half dozen 50-round boxes of different loads gives the shooter ample opportunity to discover the accuracy champ.

The coolest, sneakiest ammo gift is one for a caliber the recipient doesn’t have. This sets up your next gift — the rifle that shoots it. “Gee, Uncle Jim, a box of 243 Winchester ammo. Thanks. But I don’t have a 243 rifle.”

“Oh, open this next present…” Talk about a gifting home run.

Finally, there’s the ammo-as-incentive give idea. A friend once bought his son a lot of ammo for a rifle he wanted. But he didn’t give the kid the rifle. The ammo was an incentive to encourage the teen to get a part time job and buy the rifle. After a few weeks of seeing all that ammunition just sitting there, he did just that. The boy became gainfully employed, educated about the values of productive work, and a better shot.

I guess that makes ammo the gift that keeps on giving.