Federal: Premium Ammunition
The Federal Premium lineup of shotshells and cartridges may be the industry’s most diverse. Whether you’re a waterfowler, big-game hunter, weekend clay buster, carry for self-defense or addicted to long-range, the company has a load tailored for you.
Federal is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sporting ammunition today. Shooters know its products are reliable and perform—facts that have allowed the company to thrive for nearly 100 years. The longevity and reputation seemed far from certain in the beginning, though.
There’s no denying the company was founded, and remains headquartered, in Anoka, MN, although opinions differ as to the people—or person—and precise date that should be cited. Federal Cartridge and Machine Company was established on Sept. 15, 1916, Federal Cartridge Company came in 1918 and Federal Cartridge Corporation followed in 1922.
Federal Ammunition History
Brothers Louis and Harry Sherman, who both had experience working in the ammo industry, were behind the initial 1916 effort. Their intent was to produce shotshells and bicycles. The owners hoped to land a lucrative military ammo contract during World War I, but two-wheelers remained on the schedule—a distraction that may have contributed to the company’s lack of success.
The first shotshell came off the assembly line in January 1917, but it did little to aid the fledgling business. Reorganization under the Federal Cartridge Company name came the next year. The Sherman brothers abandoned most of the management duties to the staff shortly thereafter and bankruptcy followed in 1920.
Rebirth Of Greatness
A group of local investors purchased the machinery and plant in 1922 and named the company Federal Cartridge Corporation. Charles L. Horn, a law degree-holding manager who had worked at American Ball and Shot in Minneapolis, was hired to resurrect the business. The company’s official history labels it a “refounding,” although that’s gross understatement considering Horn’s vision and ability to make it a reality.
The bicycle scheme was abandoned. Shotshell manufacturing was the sole focus, although part of Horn’s success was an ability to pedal the company’s wares in unusual places. In 1923 he built a distribution system that included grocery stores, barber shops and gas stations—an approach forced partly because the larger manufacturers had exclusive contracts with traditional retailers.
Sales were strong and Horn knew shotshells weren’t the only game in town. To expand the line, Federal purchased American Cartridge Company in 1924—at the time-based in Kansas City, MO—and moved production and machinery Minnesota. Rimfire cartridges were soon being sold under the Federal name.
History of Ammunition Innovation
By 1928 Federal’s ability to innovate became apparent. That year it offered loads with non-corrosive primers. Copper-coated .22 bullets followed in 1931 and the following year Federal offered high-velocity loads. In 1937 it brought a new bullet design to market, one aerodynamically tuned to reduce drag and improve accuracy—the company called it “Airlines.”
The concept is foreign to modern shooters, but shotshell were one made in a variety of colors—depending on manufacturer and supply—regardless of size, until 1960. That’s when Federal introduced a safety-enhancing color-code that has become industry standard. In 1973 the company was the first to introduce steel shot. Along the way the company has developed many of the innovations we rely on today, and most recently introduced the high-performance .224 Valkyrie in 2018—with a projectile that maintains supersonic speed past 1,300 yards.
The cutting-edge products coming out of the company’s research and development team may get the headlines, but the forward-thinking approach is standard-operating procedure in every department. Federal Premium’s history of helping non-profit organizations, for example, began in 1934. Despite the Great Depression and the fact that most profitable corporations ignored worthwhile causes, Federal defied the trend and became the first nationwide sponsor of 4-H camps. Since then it has helped the conservation efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International and many others.
Introductions & Changes
Federal didn’t manufacture its first centerfire rifle and handgun cartridges until 1963. The familiar Federal Premium line hit the shelves in 1977, the same year Charles Horn retired. His son, William, took over the helm and spearheaded many of the efforts that kept Federal one of the industry’s foremost leaders.
In 1985 Federal was sold to a group of investors. It later passed through the hands of Blount, Lehman Brothers and finally found a home in defense-industry legend Alliant Techsystems (ATK).
Today it’s part of Vista Outdoor, the ATK sporting group of companies that was spun off into a separate entity in 2015. Better mission focus was one of the reasons for the amicable separation, and the added concentration on the needs of civilian shooters shows in Federal’s current lineup.
Federal Premium HST
Federal is deadly serious about the performance of its self-defense ammunition, and the dedication is on display in its relatively new HST line. The hollow-point bullet is designed to reduce or eliminate clogging as it passes through intermediate barriers, yet reliably expand on impact and retain weight. Overpenetration is minimized while fight-stopping power is retained. Add the nickel case, bullet profile tuned to avoid feeding problems with Federal’s unique primer and it makes for the kind reliable load needed for carry or home defense. Owners of .45 ACP, .40 S&W, 10 mm, .38 Spl. and .380 ACP handguns will want to take a close look at these loads.
Federal Premium Hydra-Shok
Hydra-Shok first hit the market in 1989, and it’s never surrendered its position as one of the premier self-defense cartridges. The unmistakable-looking bullet is a hollow-point, with a center post that aids in reliable expansion and weight retention. It’s available for a variety of handgun chamberings.
Federal Gold Medal Match
Combine Federal’s the near century of cartridge-tuning knowledge with the bullet-making wizardry at Sierra Bullets and you have the MatchKing. If you want to put those calipers to use on targets further than 100 yards—without hours behind a reloading press—look no further.
Federal Premium Sierra GameKing
Hunters need to deliver clean and ethical, one-shot stops, and these loads improve the ability to do so. Loaded with the Sierra Bullets line of soft-point GameKings, they deliver the exterior ballistics required to hit and target and all the expansion needed to fill that tag.
Federal Premium Prairie Storm
Federal was the first company to produce a shotshell designed for a specific hunting pursuit. It was turkey at first, but its Prairie Storm continues the tradition with 2 3/4- and 3-inch loads in different gauges, all tailored for upland bird hunters.
Federal American Eagle
And high-volume shooters aren’t ignored by Federal. Its pocketbook-friendly American Eagle line is available in a variety of different chamberings and loads. Whether your practicing or competing with a handgun or rifle, the odds are good you’ll find an American Eagle product to cover your needs.
Federal 308 Win 175 Grain Gold Medal Match HPBT - 20 Rounds$34.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 175 Grain Bullet Type Hollow-Point Boat Tail (HP-BT) Use Type match or precision shooting, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 308 Winchester (7.62X51) Manufacturer SKU GM308M2 Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 029465091729 Cost Per Round $1.74 per round
If you own a .308 Winchester rifle and need a versatile, effective, and accurate round, then pick up this box of 20 cartridges. You’ll be able to enjoy an afternoon of target practice, and these 175-grain rounds also have the performance you need for medium-game hunting.
Using a hollow point design with a boat tail, these rounds are accurate and consistent downrange while delivering reliable performance on impact. They have a muzzle velocity of 2,600 feet per second and an energy of 2,627 foot pounds. This means excellent reliability in the field or at the range.
You can turn to Federal Premium Ammunition for all of your hunting and target shooting needs. They create consistent and dependable ammo for a wide range of firearms, including most shotguns, handguns, and rifles. You’ll get the accuracy you expect with the performance you deserve when you choose any round from this Minnesota-based company.
Federal 308 Win 150 Grain Fusion - 20 Rounds$35.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 150 Grain Bullet Type Fusion Use Type hunting whitetail deer Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 308 Winchester (7.62X51) Manufacturer SKU F308FS1 Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 029465097943 Cost Per Round $1.79 per round
If you are looking for one of the most outstanding .308 Winchester cartridges for your deer hunting, then order this 20-round box from Federal Premium Ammunition. You’ll get superior-quality 150-grain bullets that are specifically-designed for whitetail deer and other medium-sized game.
These rounds use Federal’s Fusion bullets, which are made for optimum terminal performance. They have pure copper that is pressure-formed to the bullet’s core, resulting in excellent ballistics at the target. They have a muzzle velocity of 2,820 feet per second and a devastating muzzle energy of 2,648 foot pounds. With a velocity of 1,821 feet per second after 500 yards of travel, they are extremely consistent for long-distance hunting in open country.
Federal Premium Ammunition is one of the leading companies for hunting ammunition. They also have a large selection of self-defense and target-shooting rounds, making them a top-choice for many American gun owners.
Federal 308 Win 168 Grain Gold Medal Match HPBT - 20 Rounds$36.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 168 Grain Bullet Type Hollow-Point Boat Tail (HP-BT) Use Type match or precision shooting Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 308 Winchester (7.62X51) Manufacturer SKU GM308M Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 029465089337 Cost Per Round $1.84 per round
The .308 Winchester is a popular round for medium game hunting and target shooting. It delivers accurate performance downrange and excellent power from start to finish, making it a great cartridge for hunting game like deer, black bear, or wild hogs.
This box gives you 20 of the finest .308 Winchester rounds you can find. They have a Sierra MatchKing boat tail hollow point round, meaning they are not only accurate, they are effective for hunting. Coming out of the muzzle, these rounds have a velocity of 2,650 feet per second and an energy of 2,619 foot pounds.
Federal Premium is one of the best-known names in ammunition. This Minnesota company makes reliable rounds for shotguns, rifles, handguns, and more, giving gun owners of all types plenty of choices for speed, velocity, bullet weight, and performance. Whether you are a hunter or target shooter, you can turn to Federal Premium for consistent, accurate cartridges.
Federal Power-Shok 20 Gauge 3" 3/4 oz. Rifled Slug - 5 Rounds$9.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 3/4 oz. Bullet Type Rifled Slug Use Type hunting Quantity 5 Ammo Caliber 20 Gauge Manufacturer SKU F203 RS Shell Length 2-3/4" UPC Barcode 029465009953 Cost Per Round $1.97 per round
When you order Federal products, you know you are getting fantastic quality and great dependability. Federal has been around since 1922, providing America with fantastic ammunition. These 20 gauge shells are no different.
Whether you are looking to protect your family or do some short range big game hunting, these 20 gauge Power-Shok rifled slugs are perfect for you. With the massive damage capability of these 3", 3/4 ounce, rifled slugs firing at 1600 feet per second, you will have no problem bringing down deer or boar. Pick up a couple 5 round boxes today!
Federal Power-Shok 12 Gauge 2 3/4" 1 1/8 Ounce 00 Buckshot - 5 Rounds$9.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight Not Applicable Bullet Type #00 Buck Use Type hunting or defending your home Quantity 5 Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge Manufacturer SKU F127 00 Shot Material Lead Primer Type Shotshell Shell Length 2-3/4" UPC Barcode 029465009731 Cost Per Round $1.97 per round
For nearly one hundred years, Federal has been supplying the American people with high quality ammunition and is now one of the top manufacturers in the USA. These 00 Buckshot Federal Power-Shok shells are manufactured specifically for big game hunting in multiple environments, creating a versatile and inexpensive hunting option.
Firing at 1325 feet per second, bring down deer, bear, and boar with these 2 3/4" bad boys. With 1 1/8 ounces of 00 buckshot, you should have no trouble killing any animal you so choose. However, 5 rounds doesn't last long. Pick up a few boxes to spread the wealth of Federal!
Federal Power Shok 2-3/4" 12 Gauge 00 Buck - 5 Rounds$9.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight Not Applicable Bullet Type #00 Buck Use Type hunting or defending your home Quantity 5 Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge Manufacturer SKU F130 00 Shot Material Lead Shell Length 2-3/4" UPC Barcode 029465009687 Cost Per Round $1.97 per round
If you're looking for a good load for hunting or defending your home, you've come to the right page. This 12 Gauge ammo for sale features a 2-3/4" shell with Lead shot. New from Federal, you will get excellent performance shot after shot as you work your way through all 5 of these rounds. Plus, when you buy from Widener's, you know you'll get fast shipping with a customer service team that stands behind everything we sell.
Federal Tactical LE 12 Gauge 2-3/4" 00 Buck 9 Pellets FliteControl Wad - 5 Rounds$10.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight Not Applicable Bullet Type #00 Buck Use Type hunting or defending your home Quantity 5 Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge Manufacturer SKU LE132 00 Shot Material Lead Shell Length 2-3/4" UPC Barcode 029465018665 Cost Per Round $2.17 per round
When you are looking for something with massive power and incredible efficacy, the 12 gauge shotgun is the perfect option for you. Proven through extensive service for all types of uses, including military, law enforcement, and civilian, the 12 gauge will never let you down. With its amazing, close range payload, the 12 gauge is excellent for putting food on the table, defending your home, and blasting clay targets at the range.
Federal has been around since 1922 and continues to be one of the best ammunition providers in the United States, crafting ammo for people with all sorts of paychecks. Firing at 1145 feet per second, these Federal Tactical Law Enforcement, 00 buckshot, 9 pellet, 2 3/4" shells come with Federal's special FliteControl wad for fantastic patterns and excellent performance, helping you stave off any attackers with ease and protect your family.
Best 00Buck so far.
Review by ShyAnn (Posted on 6/9/2020)
Federal Power-Shok 30-06 220 Grain Speer Hot-Cor® SP - 20 Rounds$49.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 220 Grain Bullet Type Soft-Point (SP) Use Type hunting whitetail deer Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 30-06 Manufacturer SKU 3006HS Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 029465091392 Cost Per Round $2.49 per round
20 rounds of Federal 30-06 ammo that'll have your gun firing for a while and your face smiling for even longer! The Boxer primer, 220 Grain Soft-Point (SP) bullet and Brass cases on these New rounds make for the perfect companion for hunting whitetail deer. Pick up some rounds today and you'll get fast shipping along with Widener's world class service.
Federal Power-Shok 243 100 Grain SP - 20 Rounds$49.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 100 Grain Bullet Type Soft-Point (SP) Use Type hunting whitetail deer Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 243 Winchester Manufacturer SKU 243B Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 029465084288 Cost Per Round $2.49 per round
Flat-shooting and fast-moving, this .243 Winchester ammunition from Federal's Power-Shok series is a formidable and relatively inexpensive hunting load ideal for taking midsize game such as deer.
Each round in this box of 20 fires a 100 grain soft point bullet at a muzzle velocity of 2,960 feet per second. The high velocity of this loading results in excellent expansion potential without heavy fragmentation and meat loss.
Federal Power-Shok loads are made in Anoka, Minnesota using reloadable brass cases and non-corrosive Boxer primers.
Federal Fusion 7mm Rem Mag 150 Grain SP - 20 Rounds$55.00
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 150 Grain Bullet Type Fusion Use Type hunting whitetail deer Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 7mm Remington Magnum Manufacturer SKU F7RFS1 Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 029465097899 Cost Per Round $2.75 per round
This is a great round for hunting whitetail deer. From Federal, this 7mm Remington Magnum ammunition is New with a Fusion 150 Grain bullet. You'll get 20 rounds of Brass cased ammo that's ready for your next trip out to shoot. Like every round for sale, we stand behind this ammo and have your back so rest assured you're not only getting a good deal, you're getting the peace of mind that comes along with a trusted supplier.
Federal Vital-Shok 12 Gauge 2-3/4" 00 Buck – 5 Rounds$14.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight Not Applicable Bullet Type #00 Buck Use Type hunting or defending your home Quantity 5 Ammo Caliber 12 Gauge Manufacturer SKU P154 00 Shot Material Lead Shell Length 2-3/4" UPC Barcode 029465001292 Cost Per Round $2.97 per round
These 12 gauge 00 buckshot shells from Federal's Vital-Shok line are a small step up from budget loads that offer a bit more performance in both the hunting and home defense realms. Each of the nine 00 buck pellets in this shell is plated with copper, allowing the shot to resist deformation during barrel travel, an effort that is assisted by a cupped wad. Rounder pellets fly farther, group more closely together, and hit harder with penetrating power that will cause massive disruption in the chest cavity of a deer or an assailant.
When fired, the wad's piston-like bottom portion will collapse to reduce felt recoil while its skirt will flare outwards for efficient gas capture, contributing to consistent muzzle velocities. These components, along with clean-burning powder and a 209 primer, are contained within a high-brass head and moisture-repelling plastic hull. The reloadable hull has a strong crimp up top, a rolled edge for seamless insertion, and an unfolded length of 2-3/4 inches for safe compatibility with the most common 12 gauge shotgun chamber sizes.