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Winchester® Adds a 20-Gauge Load to the Long Beard XR® Lineup

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EAST ALTON, Ill. –Well worth the wait, Winchester Ammunition will now offer its ground-breaking Long Beard XR in 20-gauge. With improved shotshell technology delivering more power and tighter loads in smaller gauge shotguns, an increasing number of turkey hunters are opting for the 20-gauge shotgun. Now those hunters will have a load that will allow them to maximize the 20-gauge’s potential.

The new 20-gauge Long Beard XR, with a muzzle velocity of 1000 fps, will come in a 3-inch shell loaded 1.25 oz of either No. 5 or No. 6 shot. It will come 10 rounds to a box.

Winchester Adds 20-Gauge Offering to Long Beard XR Lineup

The key feature behind Long Beard XR’s long-range capability is the shell’s Shot-Lok® Technology. Instead of traditional buffering materials, Shot-Lok is injected as a liquid resin into the hull among the lead shot during assembly. That resin then hardens to keep pellets in place until the round is fired. Upon firing, Shot-Lok immediately fractures into a micro-buffer that protects the shot from deformation due to set-back forces. This ensures that the shot exits the muzzle nearly perfectly round, which provides tighter and more uniform patterns at extended ranges.

“Long Beard XR has changed the game for turkey hunters across the United States, and now those hunters who use the smaller, lighter 20-gauge can enjoy the same extended range benefits,” said Matt Campbell, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales.

In addition to the new offering, Long Beard XR is also available in:

12-gauge, 3-inch, 1 3/4 ounces of No. 4, 5 or 6 shot
12-gauge, 3-inch, 1 7/8 ounces of No. 4, 5 or 6 shot
12-gauge, 3 1/2-inch, 2 ounces of No. 4, 5 or 6 shot
12-gauge, 3 1/2-inch, 2 1/8 ounces of No. 4, 5 or 6 shot

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