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History of Federal Premium Ammuniton
The Federal Cartridge Company was started in 1916 in Anoka, Minnesota, as the Federal Cartridge and Bicycle Company by Harry and Lewis Sherman. Due to several internal issues, the company was shut down in 1920. Charles L. Horn bought the company in 1922 and began building the company it is today. In order to better promote his product he began distributing his product through gas stations, grocery stores and barber shops. It was with those marketing skills that Mr. Horn eventually was awarded an $87 million dollar contract in 1941 to provide ammunition for the U.S. Government. Federal continued to produce ammunition for the government through the 20th century, playing an important role in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict.
The 50's and 60's were at time of steady growth and expansion. In 1963 Federal began production of centerfire rifle and pistol ammunition. Federal contiued to produce its high quality shotgun shells and bring in competition wins and lifelong customers. In 1977, Charles Horn retired and turned the company over to his son William. William continued the growth of the company by increasing marketing efforts and introducing the Premium line of rifle and shotshell ammunition. In 1985, the company was sold to a group of private investors and eventually was bought by Alliant Techsystems.
Federal Premium Ammunition operates out of its plant in Anoka, Minnesota, employing almost 1,000 workers. Here they produce the entire Federal line of rifle, pistol, shotgun and rimfire ammunition. The popular Hydra-Shok pistol ammunition continues to be made here, as well as the Nosler and Sierra bulleted rifle ammunition. Federal continues to innovate in the ammunition market with its new Guard Dog ammunition for handguns, V-shock rifle ammo, and Black Cloud shotgun shells. Federal Premium Ammunition will no doubt continue producing their high quality ammo long into the future.
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- A65impalla said:
"I was glad to find that Ammo.net had plenty of stock of this ammo. I searched the net of a lot of places, their prices are very competitive."
- twolazy said:
"I have not shot any of this batch or the batch prior, I haven’t even opened the boxes. I’m in high hopes I never have to open these boxes. I’ve used Federal 5.56 before and it is good stuff. Price is stiff, not as stiff as some I’ve seen. But then everything gun related is more expensive, isn’t it. Get it while the getting is good."
- Doc said:
"I guess a shortage in the ammo supply has driven the price up, as I found your ammo to be a bit more expensive than I had anticipated.. Regardless, the delivery time was exceptional & the ammo itself came in good condition and preformed well."
- Tommy said:
"I have already recommended it, that being said, it is a bit pricey. But considering that there is such a shortage, I was happy to have it. I get a small disability check once a month, so, I'll have to save more money."
- CJ said:
"The order was handled quickly and efficiently. I would recommend Ammo.net to anyone who has stood in line trying to find ammo."
- Adam said:
"Good, Clean, ammo....pricey but what can ya do....fast delivery too I cant even find a die set to reload let alone the bullets or primers so this ammo will do untill times are better....if ever "
- deaves1 said:
- Don said:
"Nice to know where to locate ammo after this BS of low production and high demand."
- Joe-we-had-a-baby-it's-a-boy said:
"Ammo was well packed, but the tins came in a bit banged up. Ammo was clean in good shape but stripper clips showed moisture damage with minor rust making it hard to load with the speed loader. The cost was deffently high and go figure right after I ordered I found 1000rnds of loose pack 62gr lake city for the same price as one tin of 420rnds, but finding 556 ammo these days is deffently a gamble of finding it and its price! Hopefully all this Bull will be over soon!"
- mrob6868 said:
"Good and clean, but a little pricey."
- nikpac said:
"good clean ammo and a great overall value"
- trooper said:
"This ammo package is over twice as expensive as it should be. If you don't reload your own .223 just go with Wolf... "
- jj said:
"a good qalityt shell cida "
- Gilbert said:
- Gilbert said:
"good clean ammo sum what pricey but good over all"
- JC said:
"I have a Colt which is can be picky on ammo. I have never had a jam with this Federal 223 ammo. ammon.net was fast and great to work with. my only complaint is the current prices everywhere right now."
- Hooter said:
"Ammo is great shooting, clean, no problems. Shipping on time and great service. The recent worldwide increase in ammo prices are ridiculous. Not a lot you can do about it, though"
- james said:
"ammo shot fine, fast service great prices"
- Stricky323 said:
"Great ammo. No issues while shooting. Good price. Highly recommend. "
- Brian said:
"Great ammo for weekend shooting, good price and fast shipping "
- Sandy said:
"The ammo arrived on my birthday and it was the highlight of my day. My order was filled and sent to me so fast I was pleasantly surprised. The cartridges are of the highest quality, not musty surplus like some folks are selling. Very happy, thank you."
- Retired Sarge said:
"My first time using the rifle I used this ammo. On a 10 inch dirty bird target I was able to land consistent groupings .I was able to land 59 out of 60 rounds in the 9 ring or better. The order was shipped and I received it on the third day. Service is excellent."
- stan said:
"very happy ,with the ammo, no jam ups,carb build up is minor -compare to wolf. price is affordable for the weekend shooter. Quality of the ammo is very very good for the price. also very happy with .ammo.net- getting the order out to me so i can blow up the targets.. i don t like waiting for my ammo- the last place had to wait three weeks,was not happy"
- Rick said:
"Purchased 50 rounds, but have only shot 18 so far. I've had no problems at all. Shoots nice and clean, and no duds. I love the federal ammo so far. My only knock was on the value....which I dropped down 1 notch. The price for the 50 round box is awesome, but the shipping and handling hurt the value...still when you can't find the ammo you are looking for locally, the shipping and handling isn't much of an issue. Thank You Ammo.net!!!!"
- Rollinrock said:
"pleasure doing business with the site."
- Walt said:
"Put about 80 of these through a Tac XD over the weekend. No jams, no misfires. All things considered, a pretty good round for the money."
- Tahitiantreat said:
"shot clean no jams"
- Rocky said:
"Just glad I got it when I did. Prices going up...............if you can even find any. This is a great place to make a purchase when they have what you want & very fast shipping. "
- bud said:
"bought for carry ammo so only shot afew."
- Noel RN said:
"Purchased 200 rounds from ammo.net, smooth transaction. I used it on my Beretta PX4 for target shooting at the range, no hiccuffs, no malfunction. American Eagle is an excellent ammo. I'm a satisfied customer, will buy again. I just wish the price comes down a little bit in the future."
- Richard said:
"With the millions of rounds of ammo currently in demand......Ammo.net is one place you can count on for your quality ammo, fast delivery, great service and there when you need them!"
- Slim Dav said:
"I bought 1000 rounds for a training class and I shot about 600 rounds in that class. I had no problems. I was very pleased."
- Zippo said:
"I bought 250 rounds. I have only shot 50, but have had no feeding or ejection problems. It is at least as accurate as my 56 year-old eyes can shoot and was much cleaner than the cheaper ammo on the market. Like I said, I will buy more as it becomes available."
- no nickname said:
"Purchased this ammo, had never used American Eagle before but knew it was made from Federal which I've never had any issues with. Ammo performed great, no FTF's whatsoever through my Springfield XDM, 100 rounds no problem, will buy again for sure. "
- Lee said:
"I like the ammo, but not the rising cost of the ammo. No misfires on the ammo in over 500 rounds shot thus far."
- zinger30-06 said:
"This ammo was purchased for range use. I shoot on average 100 rounds per session at least once a week. I was pleasently surprised at the peformance of the round. I fired 25 rounds at one target and then 25 at a second target. Folded them over each other and the groupings were a close match. My carry pistol is a Colt Defender 1911 and this is perfect practice ammo. I will continue to purchase as it becomes available. "
- Louis said:
"Great ammo with high quality brass, also has large pistol primer if you are interested in reloading. As far as value goes, given the recently inflated prices that accompany such high demand all ammo has become too pricey. That having been said, in relative terms it is a great value. It is my go to ammo for practicing."
- Louis said:
"This is reliable, clean burning consistent ammo. It cycles perfectly and there were no malfunctions in either my XDM or my Kimber 1911 super carry ultra. It has high quality reloadable brass with large pistol primers. When available this is my go to ammo."
- Practice said:
"Just purchased this for 1911 range time. Shoots fine through a couple hundred rounds so far with no goofups. Market is up right now so that'll explain overall cost. I'd buy more when the time comes. "
- This is my Glock said:
"My Glock eats this stuff up. I like it so much I don't want to shoot the remaining 700 rounds I have left. I just stash it with 300 rounds of 9BPLE and take it out to drool over it before I head to the range with PMC for plinking."
- Terry said:
"I find it a great value and excellent quality and fine performance ammo and would happily recommend it to anybody else to use. I have used it in both my 9mm pistols, SCCY CPX-2 & Kel-Tec P-11. "
- Highdesertrat said:
"This ammo has always worked well in my S&W M&P and Ruger P-95. I have never had a problems with misfires and accuracy is good. Great price also."
- Orion1958 said:
"I find it a great value and excellent quality and fine performance ammo and would happily recommend it to anybody else to use. "
- gokart04 said:
"Finally got to shoot some of this the other day. Worked well and shot consistant/accurate. No feeding or fire failures out of about 100 rounds in my BCM AR-15. I feel the price is a bit too high at this time. "
- J.W. said:
"These were the first rounds shot through my ar. I have no complaints, it cycles fine even through rapid firing. I would definitely buy these again."
- H.D. said:
"Works great, cycles fine, glad I found your sight."
- Pat said:
"This is excellent ammo. Velocity is up there, at least in my 20" barrel DTI ar 15. Kinda lucky to buy this cheap ammo and get it to shoot the way this stuff did. I love being able to buy metal cases as well as brass cases. The metal are non-reloadable and it's nice to just shoot these and not worry about looking after shooting. I worry about the future of buying ammo over the 'net in the future. Here in Illinois our great governor Quinn moves on every front to close the avenues to get ammo. Good Shooting to All "
- Earl the Pearl said:
"Never had a problem, fed and fired always."
- Darryl said:
"Wasn't expecting the shipment so fast, fired from my rifles without problem dead on target."
- Medic505 said:
"Shot well from a Bushmaster m-4 and even better from a Savage Mod.10 heavy barrel. Pounding a spray paint can with every shot at 300 yards. Best price I've found for factory loaded rounds. Service was great. Arrived 3 days after order."
- Willy said:
"I have a Colt AR15, SP-1, which was the closest thing I could find to the M-16 I had in Vietnam. I also have a Ruger Mini-14 with a Bushnell red-dot. Both held their groups at 100 yards with this ammo. I shoot 5 shot 3" groups with both guns at that range on a bench without any support but my forearm. I shoot the SP-1 on a sandbag at 200 yards with the same group. The Ruger fall off badly at that range; gun's fault. Your ammo is fine. I can do better on the price but your service is good."
- Daddy d said:
"Okay, first I will just say I ordered one thousand rounds after doing multiple different tests on this round. I found it to expand over .85" with the biggest one expanding just over an inch. Out of all the premium rounds and the generic rounds on the market for non-bonded hollow points in 45, this had the best performance every....single...time. Not to mention it has light recoil. I found its recoil to be on par with steel cased wolf or tulammo. It fed smooth in my glocks, 1911s and even in my tommy gun. I say buy it. Get it and thank ammo.net for this terrific product. I sure do"
- Sr. said:
"AA++ Thank You for the fast service. "
- Robert said:
"The price and availability are only issues right now. Good ammo."
- Practice said:
"Shot 14 rounds so far to verify cycling. No issues. Will consider this for a carry round. Market is hard and expensive right now."
- Frank said:
"The pricing and delivery was outstanding. High quality ammo at the best price. Have told my friends and they are going to get their ammo from Ammo.net"
- Nick said:
"3000 rounds with my friends and no problems."
- Alan said:
"I've ordered this ammo twice now. 1000 rounds each time. First 1000 went through my glock 23 without any failures of any kind. I'm onto the second 1000 now and anticipate the same flawless performance. Service is excellent. Shipping was very fast. Value is great."
- dog said:
"very good shells"
- Bob said:
"One of the few places that had the 9 mm ammo that I've been trying to get for 3 months. I think our government is intentionally making ammo hard to get. I only wish I could prove it."
- Lew said:
"Ordered this product via this website due to the lack of availability elsewhere. "
- scot said:
"after about 250 rounds no problems at all, will be getting some more soon."
- Doctor said:
"See summary. Good quality overall."
- COACHC said:
"Great ammo. No problems what so ever after firing 200 rounds. Good price and super quick ship."
- Dale said:
"I always have these rounds on hand as they are truly one hole accurate from my Remington 700 with 26 inch bull barrel (with Zeiss scope) rifle. As most of you know the military "experts" use the match bullets for very long range work. This is exceptionally good ammo and the price for that is not measurable."
- Cleggras said:
"Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to shoot any of these rounds, however, these are the flavor that my rifle prefers. They typically group under an inch at 100 yards. They have just been so hard to find in stores in my area and at a price I can afford. Thank you!"
- Ralph said:
"Federal performed better than the Black Hills Gold Match I purchased for my Springfield M1A and will be purchase again. "
- fishmonkey said:
"Sergio, you're spot on. It's an old style jhp with rumored poor expansion in short barrels (4-stars). I've got a CZ75 and SP-01, so I don't expect to see any problems. Federal Premium is always reliable; this is no different. (5-stars) Nothing special, but JHP of good quality. It wasn't the worst deal around — I was just resigned to buying DoubleTap for a lot more. I'd rather pay for this than that, or junk, or nothing at all. (3-stars just based on what 9mm SHOULD cost — and I'm sure not saying anything bad about Ammo.net — they're great.) "
- Sergio said:
"Hey, when it's all that's available, you buy it !! Pleasantly surprised-- fired about 175 rounds--no problems whatsoever. Groups were roughly equivalent to high-dollar ammo (from an LC9)--OK not exactly a sniper weapon. Bottom line is that Ammo.net had the product in stock---no one else did. Is it worth 75c a round? Probably not--- is gas worth 4.00 a gallon? Probably not. Bottom line is that I snagged 1000 rounds of perfectly acceptable ammo--at a price based on supply and demand."
- bodie said:
"I bought this ammo on a hunch to feed my 5 nines. It is a little lighter than I wanted, but within parameters. So far it has held up perfectly; no failures to fire, no FTEs, nothing wrong, and good groups. I'm glad I bought it. "
- Mac said:
"I have shot this brand of ammo before, it has always performed well in my semi-auto without jaming, and is very accurate in my particular weapon."
- Lia_npc said:
"Appreciate fast turn of customer order being shipped to me, thanks much in this trying time of our great country"
- murdock said:
"62 grain shoots just fine. no jams. but that old vietnam ak will fire, even when dropped in mud, and water. thanks Im just glad you had the ammo, and the price was right."
- Mikey A said:
"As usual very prompt customer service and worry free shipping, love these guys & gals @ ammo.net Well I am no expert about ammo, but I will say that this ammo was performing better than some more expensive products. fresh and snappy, good penetration and groupings 2"-3" @ 200-300 yds, mini-14 1-9 twist , similar to SS109 m855 but heavier Gr. "
- Bang-Bang Tazzzmanik said:
"Will order more products in the near future. Very happy with service and product and price. Thanks."
- scot said:
"these guys are awsome, it takes 5 days for me to get ammo, BUT i live on the west coast, so thats no problem. i shot 10 ronds without any problems."
- sixftmoose said:
"I have always trusted Federal ammo to be good quality and this 12 gauge ammo once again proves to me that Federal knows what they are doing when it comes to making ammo! I have had no problems what so ever with any of the ammo I purchased from Ammo.net and I'm a life long customer after dealing with them, the ammo arrived quickly and has surved its purpose. I used the ammo in my brand new Mossberg 500 and it cycled properly with no problems, consistent pattern, reasonable recoil and came in a handy little ammo can in great shape (Nice little bonus if you ask me!) I would recomend this ammo to anyone looking for a good quality 00 Buck."
- Hondobob said:
"I've gone through two cans of this excellent shotgun ammo without complaint. It cycles just fine in my old Winchester 1897, High Standard Supermatic, and a Norinco clone of the Colt 1878 side-by-side. Good patterns and power with manageable recoil. Some ammo cans are loaded with 25-round boxes, others with smaller boxes, but always a total of 175 rounds. An excellent choice for hunting or defense. I'm buying more when it's available."
- david10140 said:
"fast shipping great price and great service"
- Chuck said:
"I would buy these again..........Very Good"
- spike said:
"Ammo arrived promptly and performed as expected."
- Sam said:
"I feel that due to the few numbers per capita of the .357 Sig guns, the demand isn't so high which makes even the practice loads high in comparison to o ther calibers. This ammo shoots very well and is close to my carry load (Gold Dot) in felt recoil. Over all very good and I will buy more later. Cheers, Sam"
- 4545 said:
"very dependable and accurate in my colt and springfield 45's. no failures of any kind."
- tcbloodgood4 said:
"Totally performed 100% as expected."
- Frank said:
"Its was nice to have it show up in a week. had been a long time but man its expensive going pinkling now days. "
- robert said:
"very good shells i will buy again i orderd the ammo and recived them in just a few days i was suprised they were so fast"
- red said:
"bought to cover me in case we can't get anymore do till i can get some more in case of zombies, not to just casually shoot "
- CowwFace said:
"Bought 1000 rounds of this to take to the range. We went through about 100 rounds in 2 AR's and zero duds. Perfect feeding, no jamming in either rifle. Using Red Dot sights hit what you pointed the dangerous end at. I would highly recommend this ammo. Tractor on"
- Pogo said:
"Sub 2 MOA with service M-14 open sights. Bettered comparable match loads by Hornady, Remington, Black Hills by at least 1/2 MOA. Bring more of this into stock!"
- Cap1974 said:
"This ammo is the best for my Remington 700P and always shoots sub MOA. "
- ws said:
"Pretty decent ammo for the price."
- Cole said:
"Good ammo. Feeds well in AR-15 and have had no misfires."
- Pogo said:
"Consistent sub MOA groups with a Fulton Armory AR-15 A2, SS match barrel 1:9 twist. Compared to similar match loads by Black Hills, Remington and Hornady; factor of 2 improvement on accuracy with this Federal ammo. Ammo.net get more of this into stock! "
- USMC1 said:
"I have tried a number of rounds from flat base hollow point to ballistic tip's but I was not satisfied with the results. So, I tried the 69 grain BTHP match, I was very pleased with the results, much more consistent, however purchasing massed produced ammo for accuracy is not the way to go. If you shoot a lot, reloading your own ammo is the best way to ensure that every round is the same. I feel the value of the ammo is about average in cost. What I paid for the 40 rounds from ammo net including shipping I could buy the same at a local store, so not really a savings."
- m82a1` said:
"Federal 50BMG in 660 grain FMJ is an excellent all-round 50BMG round, and as provided here at ammo.net is also a great value, especially in the 100 round box (10 boxes of 10 rounds each). I've been shooting this 50BMG round for almost as long as I've had my Barrett M82A1 and it performs well and I have yet to miss-fire or have issues chambering or cycling the rounds, even if ripping off multiple shots in quick succession [not easy at this caliber]. The brass is high quality and a good reload. I recommend this round to anyone who needs a general purpose FMJ round for practice or competition [caveat, I do not currently compete], for using "ready-made" rounds."
- Dieased Vigilante said:
"I just bought a S&W 1911 E series 41/4" and took it with a box of The Federal 230 HP to the range. At 8 paces, I shot a consistent 4" 7 round group. First time shooting a 45 and with this ammo. I am very certain that the consitancy of this ammo was top notch. I was a big fan of 9mm, but I now have a new love for 45's, after all they are bigger than 40's. I wish I had bought more."
- No nickname said:
"I am just stocking up. The ammo has not been used, but I am sure the performance will be fine. The price was right and I have bought the Federal Brand before. The quality is good. Shipping was fast and will order from Ammo.Net again."
- Terry said:
"I find it a great value and excellent quality and fine performance ammo and would happily recommend it to anybody else to use. I fired this ammo in both my SCCY CPX-2 & Kel-Tec P-11, 9mm's. "
- Paperbanger said:
" Looking for some .40 cal you can feed your pistol with total confidence? Fill your magazines with the HST JHP from Federal! My Sig and I spent an afternoon punching holes with these, along with three other brands. We know there are some brands okay for range practice, because a misfeed or misfire doesn't matter much. But it was clear from the outset that if you carry, these are the guys you want to take with you. Never a misfeed or misfire, and accurate to a gnat's eyelash. I figure if it's my life and perhaps the lives of my loved ones on the line, I'll have enough to worry about without fighting the bad guys and my ammo problems at the same time. "
- Gary D said:
"The 185 grain cycled thru both my Glocks and Para-Ordnance 1911 LDA without any problems. The .40SW feed thru my Beretta Strorm Carbines and both were very accuate and fairly clean burining. "
- Loop said:
"This ammo is absolutely excellent, it ran flawlessly through my Glock 20 with no malfunctions. All of the rounds looked phenomenal no dinged casings, bad primers, or tarnishing on the casing or led bullet. This ammo is what I personally have loaded for my home defense round. Would I recommend this ammo to others? Yes, in fact I believe in it so much I trust my life to it."
- Bob said:
"Quality seem to be top notch. I had no problems with the ammo at all. Fired cleanly. A real bargain."
- maur800 said:
"no fail to feed no misfires, no nothing very enjoyable to shoot when there no HICCUPS"
- Dinstar1 said:
"Excellent value, excellent performance and an excellent outlet for ammunition purchases from Ammo.net. Especially the fact that I have not had to wait more than 11/2 days from purchase to delivery. All the reasons why I have passed my purchasing experiences on with everyone I know."
- Cliff said:
"I purchased the Federal .308 American Eagle 150 grain FMJ-BT to shoot in my new FN FAL rifle, and boy was I impressed because I had never tried this ammo before. I was shooting at 50 and100 yards and getting .25" to .50" groupings. Also I had some Remington Cor-Lokt with me and it was noticeable that the Federal American Eagle had more recoil than the Remington. As a final note I shot 10 rounds at 250 yds at a clump of grass the size of a basketball and hit it every time from a hilltop on a powerline. Great ammo. "
- Bobber1123 said:
"Love the stripper clips. I think it took just 2 days to arrive. The price was excellent. "
- Mdow81 said:
"Ordered 1000 rds of 115 grain 9 mm. Shot all butt 100 at the range with three dif guns. Had zero problems. Great product and at a fraction of the cost that the range gets. Will be ordering more soon along with some colt 45 long to go in the new judge. "
- bill said:
"Got this for my wifes LCP, went through 50 today with no problems. Good for target will get it again when available."
- Ronjai said:
"Had to use the higher grain bullet in my sub compact auto. The federal 147 grain bullet fed flawlessly and provided very accurate results. "
- Tinacn said:
"When I bought a used Mossberg-manufactured12ga fully rifled slug barrel for my Remington 870, I bought several different brands and loadings of slugs to pattern from the bench. These slugs shot the tightest groups of ANY I tried, had manageable recoil and were among the least expensive per round. I had Brenneke-style slugs, plain rifled Foster unsaboted slugs, as well as a couple of the newer saboted, all copper and copper hollow-point types costing $3-$4 or more per round. Some 2 3/4" and some 3". I see no reason to sue any other brand or load in my particular shotgun."
- Freddy said:
"Better then I excepted. Quick delivery, at a great price. Not one fault. Will be using again in the future. Keep up the good work guys. "
- KY.Sundance said:
"Use ammo for target shooting. No jams and afterwards in cleaning the gun, found minimal residue. Would recommend"
- Slap said:
"Arrived in 3 days, shoots just fine, the CAR-15 never missed a beat! Given the current supply issues even the price was better than most I've seen. Great job! Thank you I will be a repeat customer."
- Brian62 said:
"I have used this product for years and the product work perfectly. One shot 85 yards put the deer down on opening day!"
- emt59 said:
"You guys had these available when I couldnt find or was having a hard time finding this type ammo. Thanks for the quick deliverery and great customer service."
- Frank said:
"Worked like it should it went in the gun. it came out of the gun . so it worked just fine. "
- Sid said:
"No more to say. Just wish I had bought before bo blathered about gun control causing prices up due to run on weapons."
- Josephine said:
"Not at the Federal level. God knows what kind of restrictions exist in some of the more helsilh SSR's, but here in Tennessee, your ammo purchases are restricted only by your bank acount and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of your ride."
- 45Mudman said:
"Bought 500 rds. first mag, would not feed, S&W M&P, tried it in a Taurus 709 same thing, tried some in a hi-point 9mm, made it through the first mag then the second, hmm what;s up with this? third mag 2nd round no feed, 4th same. Sorry to say I wasted hard earned money on target and practice ammo I can't use. Don't buy."