Minnesota-based Federal Premium this week announced four new upland game loads for often hard-to-find sub-gauge shotgun bores: 16- and 28-gauge. 

These Prairie Storm series shells, which used a blend of copper-plated lead and FS lead, offer enhanced design elements that Federal says deliver "holes in the bird, not the pattern." Backing up the claim, testing performed at the Federal Factory in Anoka, determined a No. 4 load puts more than 75 percent of its pattern in a 30-inch circle at 40 yards with a modified choke.

“Our all-new 28- and 16-gauge offerings use the full-length Flitecontrol Flex wad, which was introduced with the launch of Federal Premium’s redesigned Black Cloud waterfowl shotshells and Heavyweight TSS turkey loads," said Dan Compton, Federal's shotshell product manager. "The wad’s unique design improves pattern density and consistency when fired through ported and non-ported chokes. 

Compton said the loads' Flitestopper pellets feature a raised cutting ridge encircling the exterior that gives the pellets "an unparalleled ability to slice through feathers and flesh, with no loss of penetration or adverse effect on ballistics and flight characteristics," producing "significantly larger wound channels."

With a payload mix of 70 percent standard copper-plated lead and 30 percent Flightstopper lead, Federal Premium Prairie Storm FS Lead shell offerings now include 16- and 28-gauge loads, joining 12 and 20 in their catalog. (Photo: Federal) 

Sold in 25-hull boxes, the new 2.75-inch Federal Premium Prairie Storm offerings include a 13/16-ounce No. 6 28-ga load and 1 1/8-ounce Nos. 4, 5, and 6 16-ga loads. 

MSRP is around $35 a box across the series, a portion of which goes to support Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's habitat and education programs. Since 1998, Federal has sold more than 55 million special shotshells to help support the pro-hunter groups. 

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