New Federal Force X2 Personal Defense Shotgun Loads
Federal’s new Force X2 12 gauge shells carry nine segmented 00 buck pellets that split into 18 wound channels. (Photos: Federal)
Offering copper-plated split buckshot that doesn’t over-penetrate, the new Federal Force X2 12 gauge loads are billed as turning shotguns into the “ultimate defensive platform.”
The design of the Force X2, which uses nine pellets engineered to split into two pieces on impact, promises to create up to 18 wound channels. This in turn reportedly improves the transfer of energy from the payload to the target and minimizes the potential for over-penetration reducing the risk to bystanders. Best of all, the shell is loaded for a more manageable recoil, allowing for faster follow-up shots and better accuracy.
“Federal’s splitting buckshot is the first significant change to buckshot ammo in over a century,” said Federal Ammunition Shotshell Product Manager Dan Compton. “This new self-defense shotgun load is designed for tremendous energy transfer for a wider and larger amount of terminal damage.”
Testing by engineers at the Federal factory in Anoka, Minnesota showed patterns of 4.25-inches at 7 yards and 14-inches at 20 yards using an improved cylinder choke. With a modified choke, patterns of 4.25-inches at 7 yards and 12-inches at 20 yards were achieved. When tested against 10 percent ballistic gel, the penetration averaged 9.5-inches with the average depth of pellet segmentation occurring 4.5-inches after impact.
When it comes to ballistics testing, the range of penetration depth of the segmented pellets was 5.25- to 14.5-inches with an average of 9.5.
Sold in a 10-count box of 2.75-inch 12 gauge shells, MSRP of the new Federal Force X2 is $22.99, a price that should be lower at retailers.