Last year, the long-established premium ammunition brand Norma from Sweden presented a veritable fireworks display of new loads for its well-known hunting and sport ammunition lines. One of the highlights was the new development of the Norma GTX match bullet with outstanding ballistic properties. For 2022, Norma is introducing somewhat fewer, but no less exciting ammo innovations. This time, Norma's special expertise with regard to long distances is incorporated above all in the newly developed Norma Xtreme LR-22 rimfire cartridge for long-range disciplines. This is an exciting trend topic, for which there are also many new long guns in .22 caliber. The segment is growing rapidly and is just gaining many new fans.
Get the complete overview of Norma's new hunting & sport ammunition for 2022 here.
Norma Ecostrike: lead-free, mass-stable hunting ammo in the new 6.5 calibers for long ranges
Since 2015, the lead-free all-round hunting Norma Ecostrike ammunition has been available in 12 calibers so far. It has established itself as an alternative to Norma's lead and also mass-stable Oryx, with which it shares hunting effectiveness, ballistics and behavior in the game body. With its residual weight of almost 100 percent, the innovative projectile ensures a high depth effect and easy tracking. The green polymer tip of the Norma Ecostrike, together with its boat tail, helps the bullet achieve a particularly flat trajectory. When it comes to high ballistic coefficients, the Swedes are the absolute specialists anyway.
Norma is now adding two calibers to the already extensive range of its Ecostrike lead-free hunting cartridges, which are primarily known from the popular long-range sector: 6.5x55 SE and 6.5 Creedmoor. These calibers in particular have been gaining in popularity in recent years, and not only among sport shooters. However, the new loadings will not be available from retailers until the fourth quarter of 2022. The Norma Ecostrike bullets are also available for reloaders.
New Norma Ecostrike loads technical data:
|Caliber ||Weight||Pieces per package||Available from|
|6.5x55 SE||7.8 grams / 120 grains||20||4th quarter 2022|
|6.5 Creedmoor ||7.8 grams / 120 grains ||20||4th quarter 2022|
Norma Hunter-22 Power: new rimfire cartridge with high stopping power in .22 LR
A good 120 years of know-how goes into all new Norma cartridges for hunting use - even in rimfire calibers. Especially here, the high efficiency and the optimal bullet material should not be underestimated. Both are the prerequisite for safe functioning and reliable effect – and thus decisive for hunting success.
Norma already has a number of candidates in the rimfire range for hunting predators and pests: the Eco Speed-22 and Eco Power-22 cartridges, for example, are lead-free and effective. But with the Norma Hunter Power-22, a lead version with a particularly high stopping power is now coming onto the market. The copper-plated lead hollow point bullet in .22 LR weighing 2.6 grams is said to fly particularly flat at high velocity and open up quickly on target: a high energy release is the result. With the Norma Hunter Power-22, the discerning hunter should be well equipped with an accurate and powerful cartridge. The Norma Hunter Power-22 in .22 LR has already been announced for the first quarter of 2022.
New Norma Hunter-22 Power in .22 LR technical data:
|Caliber ||Weight ||Pieces per package ||Available from|
|.22 lfB||2.6 grams / 40 grains ||50 / 500 / 5,000 ||1st quarter 2022|
New rimfire cartridge for long range shooting: Norma Xtreme LR-22 in .22 LR with stable bullet ballistics
We stay with the "small" calibers: the trend towards long ranges has now also reached the rimfire world. Norma has therefore developed a completely new cartridge with a design based on the "big" long range ammo. The Norma Xtreme LR-22 is propelled by a specially tuned powder for high velocities. A longer bullet tip, together with a tapered tail section, provides better aerodynamics. Negative pressure at the base of the bullet is reduced, which should maintain the high velocity of the projectile longer.
Finally, a higher bullet weight enables improved stability in crosswinds. As a result, the Norma Xtreme LR-22 achieves bullet ballistics that will set a new accuracy benchmark in the rimfire range far beyond 200 meters, according to the manufacturer. This could also make the Xtreme LR-22 interesting as a training cartridge for "big" long range shooters who want to experience these shooting characteristics at 300 meters as well. We are already excited and look forward to trying out the Norma Xtreme LR-22 rimfire cartridge, which will be available from the first quarter of 2022.
New Norma Xtreme LR-22 in .22 LR technical data:
|Caliber||Weight||Pieces per package ||Available from|
|.22 lfB||2.8 grams / 43 grains ||50||1st quarter 2022|
Norma Golden Trophy LR Xtreme air rifle pellets for long ranges
It still goes smaller, but high ranges continue to play the main role: Norma introduces the Golden Trophy LR Xtreme, an air rifle pellet that, thanks to its special design, is said to deliver impressive accuracy with tight groupings even at distances far beyond 25 meters. The Norma Golden Trophy LR Xtreme's pellet, with its round head design and high weight, is optimized for excellent aerodynamics and stability against crosswinds.
This makes both pest control and plinking at longer ranges particularly effective and accurate. However, this performance requires the use of an air rifle with a power of 40 joules and above. The new Norma Golden Trophy LR Xtreme pellets will be available with a bullet weight of 0.87 grams in .177/4.5 mm caliber and 1.65 grams in .22/5.5 mm caliber before the end of the first quarter of 2022.
New Norma Golden Trophy LR Xtreme special pellets technical data:
|Bullet weight ||Performance ||Pieces per package ||Available from|
|4.5 mm||0.87 grams / 13.4 grains ||from 24 Joule||250||1st quarter 2022|
|5.5 mm||1.65 grams / 25.5 grains ||from 40 Joule||150||1st quarter 2022|
We will introduce you to Norma's individual loadings and bullets in more detail later this year.
Further details on the new ammunition from Norma can be found at norma-ammunition.com.