10 Best New Deer Hunting Cartridges and Slugs for 2019

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Which of These Is Your Pick of the Litter?

Browning Buckshot

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10 | Browning Buckshot

This awesome package from Browning is offered in a 2 ¾-inch 12-gauge load. The 9-pellet, 00-Buck payload reaches 1,325 fps and definitely gets the job done within its effective range. Its precision buckshot features high velocity, better consistency, tighter patterns and increased down-range energy.

Rounds Per Box: 5

Velocity: 1,325 fps

MSRP: Unknown

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Winchester Deer Season Slug

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9 | Winchester Deer Season Slug

Are you a slug hunter? The Deer Season Slug is a solid option — especially for the money. It’s a lower-price-point slug that still offers quality performance. Offered in 2 ¾-inch 12-gauge slug, it travels at 1,600 fps as a 1 1/8-ounce load. The Deer Season Slug has an integrated rear stabilizer that travels downrange with the slug for improved accuracy and higher velocities. This works in smooth bore, rifled choke tubes or fully rifled barrels.

Rounds Per Box: 5

Velocity: 1,600 fps

MSRP: $5.99

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Browning Rifled Slug

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8 | Browning Rifled Slug

Browning’s new rifled slug comes in a 1-ounce, 2 ¾-inch load. It travels 1,600 fps and is bad medicine for whitetails. It features high velocities, a full-bore slug diameter and the Buckmark Hollow Point. This load is compatible with smooth-bore shotguns.

Rounds Per Box: 5

Velocity: 1,600 fps

MSRP: Unknown

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Federal Premium Berger Hybrid Hunter

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7 | Federal Premium Berger Hybrid Hunter

Want something a little bigger that works for deer and other big game? Enter the Berger Hybrid Hunter from Federal. Like the Barnes TSX, the Berger is built with the Gold Medal primer, nickel-plated brass, specially formulated propellant and a hybrid tangent-secant ogive bullet design that delivers a high ballistic coefficient. It’s offered in 243 Win (95 grain), 6.5 Creedmoor (135 grain), 270 Win (140 grain), 270 WSM (140), 7mm Rem Mag (168 grain), 280 Ackley Improved (168 grain), 308 Win (168 grain), 30-06 SPRG (168 grain), 300 Win (185 grain) and 300 WSM (185 grain).

Rounds Per Box: 20

Velocity: 2,775 fps (varies by caliber)

MSRP: $46.95 (varies by caliber)

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Federal Premium Barnes TSX

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6 | Federal Premium Barnes TSX

Want a made-in-the-USA shell that packs a punch? The new Barnes TSX from Federal Premium is another cartridge to keep your eye on. It features their Gold Medal primer, nickel-plated brass, specially formulated propellant, grooved bullet shank, one-piece copper construction and deep hollow-point tip. It’s offered in 223 Rem (55 grain), 224 Valkyrie (78 grain), 243 Win (85 grain), 25-06 Rem (115 grain), 6.5 Creedmoor (130 grain), 270 Win (130 grain), 270 WSM (130 grain), 7mm-08 Rem (140 grain), 308 Win (150 and 165 grain), 30-30 Win (150 grain), 30-06 SPRG (165 and 180 grain), 7mm Rem Mag (160 grain), 300 WSM (165 and 180 grain) and 300 Win Mag (165 and 180 grain).

Rounds Per Box: 20

Velocity: 3,200 fps (varies by caliber)

MSRP: $30.95 (varies by caliber)

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Hornady Outfitter Ammunition

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5 | Hornady Outfitter Ammunition

Are you a loyal Hornady fan? Their Outfitter Ammunition is their latest offering and it is special. It’s corrosion-resistant, has nickel-plated watertight cases, and come with the GMX bullet. Its monolithic copper alloy provides efficient expansion, deep penetration and great weight retention. It’s offered in 243 Win (80 grain), 6.5 Creedmoor (120 grain), 270 Win (130 grain), 270 Win Short Mag (130 grain), 7mm Win Short Mag (150 grain), 7mm Rem Mag (150 grain), 308 Win (165 grain), 30-06 SPRG (180 grain), 300 Win Short Mag (180 grain), 300 Win Mag (180 grain), 375 H&H Mag (250 grain) and 375 Ruger (250 grain).

Rounds Per Box: 20

Velocity: Unknown (varies by caliber)

MSRP: $47.99 (varies by caliber)

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Sig Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition

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4 | Sig Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition

Known more for their handgun loads, Sig Sauer also has a premium-grade centerfire hunting cartridge. It features a copper, hollow-point design that improves accuracy and increases devastation. This load is offered in 223 Rem, 300 Blackout, 6.5 Creedmoor, 308 Win, 300 Win Mag, 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem and 243 Win. Of these, 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem and 243 Win come with a polymer tip.

Rounds Per Box: 20

Velocity: 2,250-3,975 fps (varies by caliber)

MSRP: $20.95-55.95 (varies by caliber)

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Federal Premium Trophy Copper

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3 | Federal Premium Trophy Copper

Want a great non-lead, all-copper bullet? Federal Premium offers the Trophy Copper round new for this year. It offers pin-point accuracy and superior penetration yet leaves great blood trails with its aggressive expansion. It’s offered in 223 Rem (55 grain), 338 Lapua Mag (250 grain), 6.5 Creedmoor (120 grain), 30-30 Win (150 grain), 338 Win Mag (225 grain), 243 Win (85 grain), 7mm Win Short Mag (150 grain), 7mm-08 Rem (140 grain), 338 Federal (200 grain), 25-06 Rem (100), 7mm Rem Mag (140 grain), 270 Win (130 grain), 7mm Rem Mag (150 grain), 300 Win Short Mag (165 grain), 300 Win Short Mag (180 grain), 280 Rem (140 grain), 270 Win Short Mag (130 grain), 308 Win (150 and 165 grain), 30-06 SPRG (165 and 180 grain) and 300 Win Mag (165 and 180 grain).

Rounds Per Box: 20

Velocity: 2,300-3,240 fps (varies by caliber)

MSRP: $30.95-85.95 (varies by caliber)

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Browning Long-Range Pro Ammo

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2 | Browning Long-Range Pro Ammo

Need a good centerfire cartridge for deer? The new Long-Range Pro from Browning is more than capable of getting the job done. It’s optimized for precision, long-range shooting and is loaded with the Sierra Tipped Match King bullet, which provides match-grade accuracy in a hunting-grade round. Each caliber offers a high ballistic coefficient for less drag and flatter trajectories. It’s offered in 6.5 Creedmoor (130-grain), 308 Win (168 grain), 30-06 SPRG (195 grain), 300 Win Mag (195 grain) and 300 WSM (195 grain).

Rounds Per Box: 20

Velocity: 2,650-2,900 fps (varies by caliber)

MSRP: Unknown (varies by caliber)

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Winchester Deer Season XP in 350 Legend

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1 | Winchester Deer Season XP in 350 Legend

The new Deer Season XP in 350 Legend was a big part of the talk at the 2019 SHOT Show. It’s the ultimate round for those who hunt in straight-wall only states. It’s engineered for deer hunters who need to deliver massive downrange energy and get quality penetration at the same time. It accomplishes this with a large diameter polymer tip, ballistic profile and precision jacket and core. It hits 2,350 fps out of the muzzle. Set at 1.5 inches high at 100, it’s dead on at 150, is 4.5 inches low at 200, is 12.1 inches low at 250 and 23.6 inches low at 300 yards. The best part? It has more energy than 300 Blackout, 30-30 Win and 223 Rem, yet has less recoil than the 450 Bushmaster, 30-30 Win and 243 Win. It even gets better penetration than both the 243 Win and 223 Rem. Those are some impressive stats.

Rounds Per Box: 20

Velocity: 2,350 fps

MSRP: $20.99

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Each year, companies from across the hunting industry landscape showcase their new products at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. And each year, some really innovative items captivate those in attendance. As you’ll see, the current market trends are cranking out more efficient centerfire cartridges, the introduction of additional choices in the copper field, and improved accuracy for slug gun hunters. Here are what I thought to be the 10 best new deer hunting rounds (cartridges and shells) for 2019.