Video Transcript:Federal started making ammunition in 1922, and they have since become one of the premier ammo manufacturers. They're owned by ATK, which also owns companies like Speer and CCI. ATK also makes a lot of the ammunition used by the US military. That's a pretty strong record for quality.
While quality is nice to have when you're buying ammunition for a day at the range, quality is very nice to have when you're buying ammunition to use for home defense. The top of the line for Federal ammunition is called Federal Premium, and it consists of ammunition that is ideal for target shooting, hunting, or self defense.
A great example of how good Federal Premium ammo can be is their 12 gauge tactical double aught buck load. It contains eight copper plated lead double aught buck pellets, which are each about a third of an inch in diameter.
Out of 20-inch barreled shotgun, these eight pellets are moving at a velocity of about 1,150 feet per second. This is roughly equivalent to firing eight small handgun bullets at one time. In addition, this load features the flitecontrol wad, which keeps the shot much tighter in distance. This is definitely a good thing because any pellet you fire that doesn't hit your intended target might end up hitting something you don't want to shoot.
At 7 yards, which is a fairly typical self defense distance, especially inside a home, all of the pellets went into one ragged hole. Even out of 15 yards, all of the pellets were hitting so close that I couldn't identify the individual hits. I set the steel plate out at 35, and found that all eight pellets were still on the target.
I tested this ammo in four different shotguns, a Mossberg 500 and a Remington 870, which are both pump actions, a Saiga-12, which is a semi-auto, and a Stoeger coach gun, which is a side-by-side double-barreled shotgun. It was reliable in all of them, which I expected.
Although Federal doesn't specifically call this a low recoil load, it was also very soft shooting, which helped with rapid follow up shots. Federal Premium ammo isn't cheap, but it delivers some of the best performance available at any price. I would not hesitate to recommend this ammo for home defense use.
|Bullet Weight||Not Applicable|
|Bullet Type||00 Buck|
|Ammo Casing||Not Applicable|
|Ammo Caliber||12 Gauge|
|Manufacturer SKU||LE133 00|
|Primer Type||Not Applicable|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1145|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||No|
|Cost Per Round||82.0¢ per round|
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