Outback: Australia’s new home-grown ammo

A new brand of locally made high-quality ammunition, called Australian Outback, has been launched in conjunction with Lithgow’s rifle.

The premium hunting and target ammo has been released by Australian Munitions, which like Lithgow Arms is part of the Thales Australia group, with factories in Mulwala, NSW and Benalla, Victoria.

Using Mulwala’s ADI propellant, the Outback ammo boasts an exclusive technology called Ballistic Temperature Independence (BTI), which is claimed to “accuracy and consistency across a wide range of temperatures” and is one of its primary selling points.

BTI “is one of Australian Munitions’ most closely guarded manufacturing secrets and, coupled with newly developed high-energy propellants, is the key to achieving ‘Extreme Performance – Whatever the Weather’,” according to the company.

“We are very excited to be introducing a new range of premium ammunition to the Australian market,” Australian Munitions executive general manager Kevin Wall said.

“We’re already known for the quality of our ADI propellants, and Australian Outback now gives Aussie sporting shooters who aren’t reloaders the chance to experience the significant performance consistency of our BTI technology.”

Five loads are available: three in .308Win using 150gr Swift Scirocco II BTS, 165gr Sierra SBT GameKing and 168gr Sierra HPBT MatchKing; and two in .223Rem using 69gr Sierra HPBT MatchKing and 55gr Sierra BlitzKing.

Australia Outback went on sale in the US very recently, and is now being shipping to shops here in Australia through the Winchester Australia network.

The ammunition was immediately a profitable export for Australian Munitions. The Americans have already ordered several million rounds, and more orders are expected.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.