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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 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 50 Grain JHP Ammunition

    18 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 50 Grain JHP Boxer Brass 223 Rem Federal Ammunition
    $10.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 20 Rounds
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • 50 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3325 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1227 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE223G
    • UPC 029465091026
  2. Federal 45 Auto Ammo - 50 Rounds of 230 Grain TMJ Ammunition

    93 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 230 Grain TMJ Boxer Brass 45 Auto Federal Ammunition
    $25.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • TMJ Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 850 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 369 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE45N1
    • UPC 029465093563
  3. Federal 223 Rem Ammo - 200 Rounds of 55 Grain SP Ammunition

    12 In stock now
    Image For 200 Rounds Of 55 Grain JSP Boxer Brass 223 Rem Federal Ammunition
    $100.00 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 200 Rounds
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • 55 Grain
    • JSP Bullet
    • American-made Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1282 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 223A
    • UPC 20029465084176
  4. Federal American Eagle 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 75 Grain TMJ Ammunition

    97 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 75 Grain TMJ Boxer Brass 223 Rem Federal Ammunition
    $10.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 20 Rounds
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • 75 Grain
    • TMJ Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 2775 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1282 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE223T75
    • UPC 604544625615
  5. Federal Hi-Shok 45 Auto Ammo - 50 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    59 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Brass 45 Auto Federal Ammunition
    $25.05 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 50.1¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • Foreign-made Self-Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 850 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 369 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 45D
    • UPC 029465089047
  6. Federal 45 Auto Ammo - 50 Rounds of 185 Grain FMJ-Semi Wadcutter Ammunition

    94 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 185 Grain Semi-Wadcutter Boxer Brass 45 Auto Federal Ammunition
    $25.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • 185 Grain
    • Semi-Wadcutter Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 770 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 244 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU GM45B
    • UPC 029465089375
  7. Federal 10mm Ammo - 50 Rounds of 180 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    85 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 180 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 10mm Federal Ammunition
    $26.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • 180 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 1030 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 424 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE10A
    • UPC 029465096397
  8. Federal 327 Fed Mag Ammo - 50 Rounds of 85 Grain SP Ammunition

    62 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 85 Grain SP Boxer Brass 327 Fed Mag Federal Ammunition
    $26.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • 85 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 1400 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 370 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE327A
    • UPC 029465061555
  9. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    12 In stock now
    Image For 250 Rounds Of #00 Buck Shotshell 12 Gauge Federal Ammunition
    $129.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • Shotshell Primer
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1325 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU F127 00
    • UPC 50029465009736
  10. Federal 410 Ammo - 25 Rounds of #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    18 In stock now
    Image For 25 Rounds Of #9 Shot 410 Federal Ammunition
    $13.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 2-1/2" Shell Length
    • 1230 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU T412 9
    • UPC 029465020187
  11. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

    39 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 125 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 38 Special Federal Ammunition
    $27.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 54¢ Cost Per Round
    • 125 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  12. Federal 45 Auto Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    9 In stock now
    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 45 Auto Federal Ammunition
    $549.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 55¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  13. Federal 45 Auto Ammo - 20 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    53 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Brass 45 Auto Federal Ammunition
    $11.19 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 20 Rounds
    • 56¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 850 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 369 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU C45D
    • UPC 029465093143
  14. Federal 327 Fed Mag Ammo - 50 Rounds of 100 Grain JSP Ammunition

    71 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 100 Grain JSP Boxer Brass 327 Fed Mag Federal Ammunition
    $28.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 56¢ Cost Per Round
    • 100 Grain
    • JSP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 1500 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 500 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE327
    • UPC 029465099411
  15. Federal 12 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/8 oz. #2 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    30 In stock now
    Image For 25 Rounds Of 1-1/8 oz. #2 Shot 12 Gauge Federal Ammunition
    $14.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 25 Rounds
    • 56¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1-1/8 oz.
    • #2 Shot Bullet
    • Waterfowl
    • New Condition
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 1550 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU WF143 2
    • UPC 029465023881
  16. Federal 40 cal Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 180 Grain JHP Ammunition

    7 In stock now
    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 180 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 40 Cal Federal Ammunition
    $559.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 56¢ Cost Per Round
    • 180 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  17. Federal 410 Ammo - 25 Rounds of #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    52 In stock now
    Image For 25 Rounds Of 1/2 oz. #6 Shot 410 Federal Ammunition
    $14.25 Price
    • $14.00 each if you buy 5 -  save 2%

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 25 Rounds
    • 56¢ to 57¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1/2 oz.
    • #6 Shot
    • Discount Shot
    • New Condition
    • 2-1/2" Shell Length
    • 1200 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU H412 6
    • UPC 029465008826
  18. Federal 410 Ammo - 25 Rounds of #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    29 In stock now
    Image For 25 Rounds Of #6 Shot 410 Federal Ammunition
    $14.25 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 1135 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU H413 6
    • UPC 029465008574
  19. Federal 45 Auto Ammo - 50 Rounds of 230 Grain JHP Ammunition

    91 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 230 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 45 Auto Federal Ammunition
    $28.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 58¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  20. Federal 9mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 147 Grain JHP Ammunition

    9 In stock now
    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 147 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 9mm Federal Ammunition
    $579.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 58¢ Cost Per Round
    • 147 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  21. Federal 9mm Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 124 Grain JHP Ammunition

    17 In stock now
    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 124 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 9mm Federal Ammunition
    $590.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 59¢ Cost Per Round
    • 124 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  22. Federal 40 cal Ammo - 50 Rounds of 180 Grain JHP Ammunition

    84 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 180 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 40 Cal Federal Ammunition
    $29.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 180 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  23. Federal 9mm Ammo - 50 Rounds of 124 Grain JHP Ammunition

    71 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 124 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 9mm Federal Ammunition
    $30.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 124 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  24. Federal LE 12 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of FliteControl 00 Buck 8 Pellet Ammunition

    12 In stock now
    Image For 250 Rounds Of #00 Buck 12 Gauge Federal Ammunition

    Price $159.99

    Price $149.99

    Qty:

    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1145 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU LE133 00
    • UPC 50029465023152
  25. Federal 9mm Ammo - 50 Rounds of 124 Grain JHP Ammunition

    92 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 124 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 9mm Federal Ammunition
    $30.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 124 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  26. Federal 45 Auto Ammo - 50 Rounds of 230 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    81 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 230 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 45 Auto Federal Ammunition
    $30.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 230 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 860 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 378 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU GM45A
    • UPC 029465095451
  27. Federal 40 cal Ammo - 50 Rounds of 155 Grain JHP Ammunition

    83 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 155 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 40 Cal Federal Ammunition
    $30.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 155 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  28. Federal 223 Rem Ammo - 20 Rounds of 55 Grain SP Ammunition

    89 In stock now
    Image For 20 Rounds Of 55 Grain SP Boxer Brass 223 Rem Federal Ammunition
    $12.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 20 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 55 Grain
    • SP Bullet
    • American-made Discount Hunting
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1282 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 223A
    • UPC 029465084172
  29. Federal 410 Ammo - 25 Rounds of #4 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    60 In stock now
    Image For 25 Rounds Of 11/16 oz. #4 Shot 410 Federal Ammunition
    $15.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 25 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 11/16 oz.
    • #4 Shot
    • Discount Shot
    • New Condition
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 1135 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU H413 4
    • UPC 029465008550
  30. Federal 40 Cal Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 155 Grain JHP Ammunition

    2 In stock now
    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 155 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 40 Cal Federal Ammunition
    $600.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 155 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  31. Federal 357 Sig Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

    1 In stock now
    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 125 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 357 Sig Federal Ammunition
    $600.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 1000 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 125 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  32. Federal Tacital 357 Magnum Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain Hydra-Shok JHP Ammunition

    93 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 158 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 357 Magnum Federal Ammunition
    $30.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 158 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  33. Federal American Eagle 224 Valkyrie Ammo - 200 Rounds of 75 Grain TMJ Ammunition

    17 In stock now
    Image For 200 Rounds Of 75 Grain TMJ Boxer Brass 224 Valkyrie Federal Ammunition
    $120.00 Price

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    • 200 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 200 Rounds
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • 75 Grain
    • TMJ Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 3000 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1499 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE224VLK1
    • UPC 50004544630292
  34. Federal American Eagle 30 Carbine Ammo - 500 Rounds of 110 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    3 In stock now
    Image For 500 Rounds Of 110 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 30 Carbine Federal Ammunition
    $304.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 500 Rounds
    • 61¢ Cost Per Round
    • 110 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • American-made Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 1990 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 965 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE30CB
    • UPC 50029465088304
  35. Federal Shorty Shotshell 12 Gauge Ammo - 10 Rounds of 1-3/4" 15/16 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    74 In stock now
    Image For 10 Rounds Of 15/16 oz. #8 Shot 12 Gauge Federal Ammunition
    $6.19 Price

    Qty:

    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 10 Rounds
    • 61.9¢ Cost Per Round
    • 15/16 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • Shot
    • New Condition
    • 1-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1145 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU SH129 8
    • UPC 604544651447
  36. Federal 30 Carbine Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    20 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 110 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 30 Carbine Federal Ammunition
    $32.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 64¢ Cost Per Round
    • 110 Grain
    • FMJ Bullet
    • American-made Discount Range
    • New Condition
    • Brass Casing
    • Boxer Primer
    • 1990 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 965 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE30CB
    • UPC 029465088309
  37. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 00 Buck Ammunition

    4 In stock now
    Image For 250 Rounds Of #00 Buck 12 Gauge Federal Ammunition
    $159.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1290 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU F130 00
    • UPC 50029465009682
  38. Federal 380 ACP Ammo - 50 Rounds of 90 Grain JHP Ammunition

    44 In stock now
    Image For 50 Rounds Of 90 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 380 ACP Federal Ammunition
    $32.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 50 Rounds
    • 64¢ Cost Per Round
    • 90 Grain
    • JHP Bullet
    • American-made Self-Defense
  39. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of #4 Buck Ammunition

    14 In stock now
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    $170.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • Made by Federal
    • 250 Rounds
    • 68¢ Cost Per Round
    • #4 Buck Bullet
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1325 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU F127 4B
    • UPC 50029465009767
  40. Federal 12 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of Rifled TruBall Slug Ammunition

    13 In stock now
    Image For 250 Rounds Of 1 oz. Rifled Slug 12 Gauge Federal Ammunition
    $169.99 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 1600 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU LEB127 RS
    • UPC 50029465025293
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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. 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.

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 .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.
  • 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 .40 caliber 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.

Molly Carter
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  • golfnguns357 said:

    "Every ammo I have purchased and used that has the Federal name on it has been the creme de la creme in my book. The 147 grain JHP is no exception. Whether it's for my revolvers, pistols or long guns I have complete confidence when Federal is with me."

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  • 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.com 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."

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  • 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.com — 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.com 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. "

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  • 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. "

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