Gray’s Best Awards 2015

SHOOTING: Norma American PH Hunting Ammunition

Building on the great success of its 2008 introduction of an African PH line of ammunition for dangerous-game rifles, Sweden’s Norma Precision has created something similar specifically for the American market. For more than 50 years, Norma has enjoyed a reputation for unexcelled quality in its ammunition and components. Often, however, these were in unfamiliar bullet weights—the 172-grain bullet in the 7 x 64, for example—that didn’t appeal to American tastes. With the American PH line ($45 to $120), Norma embraces American preferences in bullet weights and configurations for each caliber, with ammunition packages of exemplary quality. Included in the line are such distinctively European calibers as the 9.3 x 62, giving American owners of those rifles a welcome source of excellent ammunition. The brass is Boxer-primed and eminently reloadable—as good as anything you’ll find—and highly accurate. As well, Norma offers premium game bullets in a variety of configurations. Its flagship is the Oryx, a bonded-core hunting bullet that can compete with any premium bullet on the market for both accuracy and terminal performance. Among the line’s interesting offerings are .223 Remington with 77-grain bullets, 6.5-284 (a Norma standardization of a popular wildcat), .308 Norma Magnum (welcome back!), several hard-to-get military calibers (7.65 Argentine, 6.5 and 7.7 Arisaka, and 6.5 Carcano), and several of the Weatherby magnum cartridges.