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Founded in 1916, Federal provided ammunition to the U.S. military for World War II and the Vietnam Conflict. Today, Federal's 1,000+ employees produce high-quality self defense and hunting ammunition entirely from their plant in Anoka, Minnesota. Learn More
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  1. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $94.99

    87 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #9 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1145 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 38¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  2. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $94.99
    As low as $87.99 in bulk
    • $87.99 each if you buy 2save 7%

    60 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1180 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 35.2¢ to 38¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  3. Federal Syntech Action Pistol 9mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 150 Grain Total Synthetic Jacket Ammunition

    $189.99

    86 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type TSJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 890 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 264 ft lbs
    • 500 Rounds
    • 38¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  4. Federal Top Gun Sporting 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

    $94.99

    65 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1250 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 38¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  5. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 25 Grain #12 Shot Ammunition

    $19.99

    138 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #12 Shot
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    • 50 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  6. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $99.99

    36 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #9 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1210 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  7. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Pink Hull Ammunition

    $99.99

    37 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #8 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1145 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 40.0¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  8. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $99.99

    79 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1210 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  9. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $99.99
    As low as $84.99 in bulk
    • $84.99 each if you buy 2save 15%

    18 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #8 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1200 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 34¢ to 40¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  10. Federal Syntech 9mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 115 Grain Total Synthetic Jacket Ammunition

    $199.99

    5 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type TSJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1130 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 326 ft lbs
    • 500 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  11. Federal Syntech 9mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 124 Grain Total Synthetic Jacket FN Ammunition

    $199.99

    16 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type TSJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1110 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 339 ft lbs
    • 500 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  12. Federal Top Gun Sporting 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1 oz. #7.5 Shot Ammunition

    $99.99

    20 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1330 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 40.0¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  13. Federal Top Gun Sporting 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1 oz. #7.5 Shot Ammunition

    $99.99

    75 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1300 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 40¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  14. Federal Top Gun 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    $99.99

    14 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #8 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1330 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 40.0¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  15. Federal Syntech PCC 9mm Ammo - 500 Rounds of 130 Grain Total Synthetic Jacket Ammunition

    $204.99

    15 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type TSJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1140 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 375 ft lbs
    • 500 Rounds
    • 41¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  16. Federal Game-Shok 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 2 3/4" 1 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

    $104.99

    2 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1290 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 42¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  17. Federal American Eagle 45 ACP Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 230 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $474.99

    $434.99

    63 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type FMJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 890 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 404 ft lbs
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 43.5¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  18. Federal 9mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 115 Grain JHP Ammunition

    $439.99

    92 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type JHP
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1180 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 356 ft lbs
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 44¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  19. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $109.99

    7 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #8 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1210 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 44¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  20. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $109.99

    26 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #8 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1290 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 44.0¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  21. Federal American Eagle 45 ACP Ammo - 500 Rounds of 230 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $244.99

    $219.99

    67 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type FMJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 890 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 404 ft lbs
    • 500 Rounds
    • 44¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  22. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $110.00

    8 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #6 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1210 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 44¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  23. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $109.99

    46 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #8 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1210 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 44¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  24. Federal Game Load Upland 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

    $109.99
    As low as $94.95 in bulk
    • $94.95 each if you buy 2save 14%

    96 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1210 FPS
    • 250 Rounds
    • 38¢ to 44¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  25. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    $454.99

    62 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type LRN
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 770 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 208 ft lbs
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 45.5¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  26. Federal 40 cal Ammo - 50 Rounds of 165 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $22.99

    60 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type FMJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1130 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 468 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 46¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  27. Federal American Eagle 30 Super Carry Ammo - 50 Rounds of 100 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $22.99

    4 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1250 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 347 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 46¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  28. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $459.99

    53 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type FMJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 890 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 229 ft lbs
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 46¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  29. Federal 9mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 147 Grain JHP Ammunition

    $459.99

    55 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type JHP
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1000 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 326 ft lbs
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 46¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  30. Federal 25 ACP Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 50 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $469.99

    9 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type FMJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 760 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 64 ft lbs
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 47¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  31. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $11.99

    121 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #9 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1210 FPS
    • 25 Rounds
    • 48¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  32. Federal Wounded Warrior 12 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $11.99

    57 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #8 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1145 FPS
    • 25 Rounds
    • 48¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  33. Federal Ultra Clay & Field 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

    $11.99

    103 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1200 FPS
    • 25 Rounds
    • 48.0¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  34. Federal Top Gun 12 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

    $11.99

    79 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #7-1/2 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1250 FPS
    • 25 Rounds
    • 48.0¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  35. Federal Syntech 45 ACP Ammo - 500 Rounds of 230 Grain Total Synthetic Jacket Ammunition

    $244.99

    6 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type TSJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 830 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 352 ft lbs
    • 500 Rounds
    • 49¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  36. Federal 32 ACP Ammo - 50 Rounds of 71 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $24.99

    137 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type FMJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 900 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 128 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 50¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  37. Federal 22 WMR Ammo - 50 Rounds of 30 Grain JHP Ammunition

    $24.99

    29 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type JHP
    Primer Type Rimfire
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 2200 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 322 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 50.0¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  38. Federal 40 cal Ammo - 50 Rounds of 180 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $25.25

    82 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type FMJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1000 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 400 ft lbs
    • 50 Rounds
    • 50.5¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  39. Federal American Eagle 10mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 180 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    $514.99

    30 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type FMJ
    Primer Type Boxer
    Casing Type Brass
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1030 FPS
    Muzzle Energy 424 ft lbs
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 51.5¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
  40. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    $12.99

    89 In stock now

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +10
    Bullet type #9 Shot
    Condition New
    Muzzle Velocity 1145 FPS
    • 25 Rounds
    • 52¢ per round
    • Made by Federal
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History of Federal Ammo

Perhaps best known for its Premium brand launched in 1977, Federal Ammunition has its humble beginnings in an ammo and bicycle company founded in 1916 in Anoka, Minnesota. While Federal no longer sells bicycles, they still make ammo in their Anoka headquarters, where a single plant manufactures dozens of calibers. Federal was eventually purchased by Charles L. Horn in 1922, two years after the company shut its doors. Horn is considered the founder of the company, as he built the brand into what it is today.

Horn’s hustle is what made him the father of Federal, aggressively marketing his ammunition across America – in gas stations, grocery stores and barber shops. This approach eventually paid off. In 1941, the U.S. government awarded him an $87 million contract to manufacture ammunition for the war effort. Federal continued fulfilling America’s military needs for decades, supplying ammunition for the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The Diverse (and Innovative) Federal Ammunition Catalog

Today, the company manufactures thousands of different options. This includes a complete line of centerfire, rimfire and shotshell ammo – a tradition of innovation that has allowed them to maintain a competitive advantage for nearly a century.

Among Horn’s many achievements was being a prime mover behind the 4-H Conservation program in 1934, making Federal the first company to sponsor camps. Since 1979, the company has sponsored the 4-H Shooting Sports Program and partners with 4-H to offer safe shooting and hunting classes, as well as wildlife management.

The Federal Ammunition founder’s contributions to conservation did not end there. Federal Cartridge, the predecessor of Federal Ammunition, was a key player in lobbying the United States Congress to adopt the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. Among other provisions, the Act created a self-imposed tax on ammunition manufacturers, which has raised – and continues to raise – billions of dollars to help protect America’s wildlife and countryside.

The Dramatic Expansion of Federal Ammo

Expanding dramatically in the 50s and 60s, Federal began producing centerfire ammunition for rifles and pistols in 1963. They continued to manufacture their high-quality shotgun shells and brought wins for competitive shooters, creating lifelong customers. Charles Horn retired in 1977, and turned management of the company over to his son William – who continued to grow the company with unrelenting marketing efforts, introducing the Premium line of ammunition for rifles and shotguns, and eventually selling in 1985 to a collection of private investors who sold to Alliant Techsystems.

Federal Ammunition still operates a plant in Anoka, Minnesota, where they employ nearly 1,000 people and produce the entire Federal line of ammunition for rifles, pistols, shotguns and rimfire weapons. They continue to make the popular Hydra-Shok pistol ammo here, as well as rifle ammunition topped with Sierra bullets. Sierra MatchKing bullets are well known for their accuracy in the precision shooting community, and Gold Medal Match Federal 308 ammo has made a name for itself as the benchmark by which all other match-grade ammo is measured. The Federal brand is an ongoing innovator, introducing its new Guard Dog ammo for handguns, V-shock ammo for rifles, and Black Cloud shells for shotgun. The American Eagle Syntech, a revolutionary, polymer-coated round introduced in 2015, extends barrel life by significantly reducing metal-on-metal contact. Federal will undoubtedly continue to produce their high-quality ammunition for many years to come, like their new offerings in 6.5 Creedmoor ammo.

Federal Ammunition Stock Developments

Color-coded shells are an industry standard, even though some ammunition manufacturers have deviated from this practice. Everyone who has taken a hunter’s education course has learned this by rote, over and over again. What many don’t know is that Federal began this practice in 1960, another example of how this company has been a pioneer in the world of ammo manufacturing.

Likewise, many turkey hunters take turkey-driven shotshells for granted. Federal was the first ammunition company to offer a shell specifically for this kind of hunting. Until 1992, there was no shotgun shell specifically designed for turkey shoots. Their current turkey-specific shotshell is the 3rd Degree Shotshell.

Federal Ammunition Stock Continues to Expand

One might think that not much has changed in ammunition manufacturing in the 100 years since Federal began, but nothing could be further from the truth. Federal is never content to rest upon past achievements, always innovating its various brands and lines. A great example of this is their primary use of recycled lead, making them one of the greenest ammunition manufacturing enterprises in existence. In late 2017, Federal announced that they would be releasing a new, high-performance Federal .22-caliber cartridge for AR-15s.

This spirit of innovation and commitment to quality have made Federal an award-winning manufacturer of ammunition.

  • Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded Tip ammunition won the Game & Fish Readers’ Choice award in both 2013 and 2015. This ammo is specially formulated for large and dangerous game and is often used in guide guns, making Federal 45-70 ammo a great choice for bear country.
  • The Personal Defense HST rounds earned the coveted Golden Bullseye Award for 2015 Ammunition Product of the Year from the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Shooting Illustrated.
  • Vital-Shok Buckshot received the 2016 Reader's Choice Award from Predator Xtreme.

While Federal has always manufactured within their single Minnesota plant, they’ve expanded the size of this facility by orders of magnitude. What originally took up a relatively scant 9,600 square feet (manufacturing only shotgun shells) is now over 500,000 square feet, sitting on 175 acres, and making ammunition for every variety of firearm: shotgun, rimfire, muzzle loaders and handguns. In fact, the plant is so large that it straddles Anoka and its neighboring town Coon Rapids.

Federal’s ties with the Anoka community are deep. The city hall of Anoka is even shaped a little like a pistol, which is no accident – Federal bankrolled the construction of the building in 1954. The building is still the political center of this small Minneapolis suburb.

Federal Law Enforcement Ammo

In March 2018, Federal received a Department of Homeland Security contract, allowing Federal to produce 180 million rounds of Federal .40 cal Tactical HST duty ammunition for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other DHS and federal agencies over the next five years. This continues a partnership Federal has enjoyed with military and federal law enforcement ammo dating back several decades.

Federal Ammunition is a brand with roots as deep as those of other iconic American manufacturers like General Motors, Harley-Davidson or Levi’s. Whatever your ammunition needs might be – whether it’s target shooting, hunting or self defense – Federal is always there with an innovative answer.

FAQ

Where is Federal ammo made?

Federal ammo is manufactured at a plant located in Anoka, Minnesota, where the ammo brand was started in 1916. This plant makes the entire line of Federal ammunition, including ammo for rifles, pistols, shotguns, and rimfire firearms.

Who owns Federal Ammunition?

Federal Ammunition is currently owned by Vista Outdoor, a leading global designer, manufacturer, and marketer of products for the outdoor recreation markets. Along with Federal, Vista Outdoors also represents other ammo brands including CCI and Speer.

What is Federal Green Tip ammo?

If the green tip on Federal ammo is painted on a .223 Remington or 5.56mm NATO cartridge, then it signifies that the ammo is a “penetrator” round and often considered armour piercing due to a solid piece of steel inside the projectile. These rounds are military surplus ammo and are often bought in bulk.

What is Federal Hydra Shok ammo?

Federal Hydra-Shok ammo is the ammunition brand’s self-defense jacketed hollow point cartridge. The Hydra-Shok line uses rigorous testing to ensure accuracy and consistency and is marketed on its low recoil, reduced muzzle rise, and increased target acquisition. The Hydra-Shok line comes in .32 ACP, Federal .380 ACP, 9mm, .38 Special, .327 Federal, Federal .357 Mag, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .45 GAP, .44 Mag, and 10mm. It’s also available in Federal 12 gauge slugs.

What is Federal Power Shok ammo?

Power-Shok is Federal’s line of hunting ammunition and includes various rifle and hunting handgun calibers. Power-Shok rounds are jacketed hollow points that offer accuracy and power strong enough to handle medium to large game. In rifle calibers, the line includes popular configurations in .223, .243, Federal .30-30, and .30-06, among others. It’s also available in shotgun shells, including 10 gauge, Federal 12 gauge,16 gauge, 20 gauge, and .410 bore. In handgun calibers, you can find Power-Shok in .357 Mag, .41 Rem and .44 Mag.

What does the “HST” stand for in Federal Ammo?

The HST line of Federal Premium ammunition was released in 2002. These specialty tactical cartridges were designed specifically for law enforcement. Although there was some speculation that the “HST” stood for “Hi-Shok Two,” Federal denied the claims and stated that HST is simply the name of the ammo and didn’t stand for anything.

Sam Jacobs
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Sam Jacobs

Customer Reviews

  • Philip said:

    Excellent .357 sig ammo. Accurate range ammo.

  • Rob said:

    The 357 SIG ammo was great it handled and fired as expected every time. No mishaps and all rounds mostly hit the target every time unless I interfered... LOL Have recommend this product and your delivery to other friends...

  • 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

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  • 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.com. 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.

  • 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.com and I'm a life long customer after dealing with them, the ammo arrived quickly and has served 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 recommend 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.

  • 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

  • Jj said:

    Works good

  • skip1215 said:

    excellent quality--will purchase again.

  • T-Rex said:

    Great value for your money. I plan on buying more. I have fun shooting this caliber rifle. It helps with all my frustrations.

  • m82a1` said:

    Federal 50BMG in 660 grain FMJ is an excellent all-round 50BMG round, and as provided here at ammo.com 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.

  • Mr. Jimmy said:

    Five deer taken on my ranch with this ammo: two neck shots, two head shots, and one shoulder shot ( 106 yds) . All dropped in their tracks! The shoulder shot hit a rib but still exited the body with a one inch exit wound that would have facilitated tracking, had it been necessary.

  • Jimmy said:

    My friends and family have taken five deer from my ranch this season, all taken with this ammo. All dropped in their tracks! Two were heart/lung shots, two were neck shots, and one head shot. Both chest area shots penetrated completely with minimal meat damage and left a quarter size exit which would have left a good blood trail if tracking had been necessary. Tremendous performance!

  • 2x said:

    Took a box 250 rounds shells performance was outstanding! well done

  • Dave said:

    This was worse than black powder. Took over two hours to get my gun halfway clean after one round of clays. Contacted the mfr…nada.

  • Robert said:

    Had a box of this laying around for month, pulled it out at the range and used it between some Winchester 9mm target and some bulk ammo brand. Fired flawlessly through my Glock. At 21ft went from ten inch groupings down to 2 in groupings using this stuff then back to ten inch groupings after I used it. Clear as day this stuff is accurate with virtually NO recoil. Would not want this in a tactical situation but if you want to see how accurate you really try this stuff.

  • 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.

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  • Mark said:

    Every cartridge performed as expected.

  • al mcnulty said:

    first time I used Ammo.com. Service is great , I will be back.

  • Tim said:

    Wouldn't buy .45 any other way.

  • William said:

    OUTSTANDING PRODUCT AND TRANSACTION!

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  • KENNY said:

    THE AMMO THAT I GOT WAS FAST AND AFFORDABLE AND WILL RECOMMEND YOUR SERVICE TO ANYONE