Winchester Ranger T Series Ammunition Review
By Dan S. Defense
Rock Solid Reliable and Highly Potent Law Enforcement
and Self Defense Ammunition
The Winchester manufacturer of ammunition is
well-recognized for its varied and highly reliable line
of ammo. To many, Winchester is a name synonymous with
performance and quality. While most folks are familiar
with the Winchester white box range ammo line, few
people know or understand the powerful Winchester Ranger
Law Enforcement ammo line.
The Winchester Ranger line is
used by countless law enforcement agencies as well as
federal government agencies and people serious about
self defense. This article will discuss the Winchester
Ranger T-Series 45 ACP ammo
line, examining the different
options and detailing the differences and advantages of
each Winchester Ranger option. We'll also look at real
life testing for penetration and expansion.
The Winchester Ranger 45 ACP line can be divided into
two main categories, the Ranger T-Series and the Ranger
Bonded line. Here we will examine the more common
Winchester Ranger T-Series first. If you find it
interesting and would like to see coverage of the Bonded
line, just leave comments to that affect.
The origin of the T-series began with the famous or
infamous Talon line that started as general self defense
ammo and later pulled off the market after being
demonized by the media. In reality, the Black Talon
wasn't a very effective bullet because it didn't expand
as expected, especially after encountering a few layers
of denim. Because it failed to expand, it acted as a FMJ
(Full Metal Jacket) round instead of a proper JHP
(Jacketed Hollow Point).
invested significant resources in analyzing the problems
of the Black Talon and later developed the SXT line
which turned out to be far superior to the Black Talon.
The T-Series continues the legacy as advanced self
defense ammo coveted by law enforcement and serious
The Winchester Ranger T-Series utilizes a reverse taper
jacket design that manages to produce consistent and
reliable bullet expansion through several test barriers.
Whether the barrier be denim or a car's windshield or
dry wall or even steel, the advanced Winchester Ranger
ammo penetrates and expands in a consistent and
In addition to these critical
properties, the Winchester Ranger line offer excellent
accuracy with smooth feeding in any good handgun.
Reliability is legendary and is the direct result of the
highest quality standards. It is said that if a single
bullet in a batch of 1,000 rounds fails, the entire
batch is disqualified from the Ranger line and is tagged
as "Q" or seconds which is fine for training and range
The Winchester Ranger T-Series comes in two flavors, the
maximum regular pressure round which is labeled as the
Winchester Ranger RA45T and the extra pressure, +P line
which is labeled as RA45TP. Both bullets share the same
230gr weight but the difference in pressure produce
significant differences in velocity and energy.
velocity, which is FPS (Feet Per Second), the RA45T
starts with 885 fps out of the muzzle of a 5" barrel and
then hits 867 fps at 50ft and 818 fps at 100ft. The +P
version starts out of the muzzle at 990 fps and then
hits 937 fps at 25ft and 894 fps at 100ft. It means that
the +P bullets travels faster at 100ft than the regular
pressure round out of the barrel.
This translates to more energy, which is measured in
ft-lb (Foot Pounds). At 100ft the +P bullet produces 410
ft-lbs while the regular pressure bullet generates only
342 ft-lbs at 100ft. The trade-off for this added power
is recoil and while the regular pressure Winchester
Ranger has a nice kick to it, the +P kicks like a small
mule. You need to be sure you can maintain high level of
accuracy with the bullet of your choice and keep in mind
that both types of bullet are exceptionally potent.
example, the T-Series will penetrate heavy clothing as
far as 12.3" and expand 0.75" while retaining 100% of
its initial weight with perfect expansion. The +P bullet
will penetrate 15.7" and expand 0.78" against the same
type of barrier. You can view the entire set of tests as
well as see the recovered bullet under this excellent
Winchester ammo test tool.
The Winchester Ranger T-Series is professional grade
self defense ammunition. It is used by law enforcement
and federal agencies and it meets or exceeds the
stringent FBI bullet requirements. The Winchester Ranger
line offers excellent penetration and expansion and it
is ammunition I use in several of my self defense
handguns. I hope you found this review to be informative
and interesting. Your feedback is most welcome.
Until next time, stay safe by staying alert.
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