Personalized Precision

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When Federal’s Custom Shop hit the scene, it opened a whole new world of precision and performance for who hunt, compete or simply want to shoot their very best with their rifle. We reveal answers to shooters’ most common questions regarding Federal Custom Shop rifle loads.

Q: What cartridge options are available for centerfire rifle?
A: Custom Shop include ammunition for hard-to-find, SAAMI-approved cartridges that will be offered by Federal for the first time. Examples include 6.5-284 Norma, 26 Nosler, 257 Weatherby, 264 Win. Mag., 284 Win., 300 PRC, and 6.5-300 Weatherby Mag. Expect to also find popular calibers such as the 243 Win., 257 Roberts +P, 270 Win., 270 WSM, 308 Win., 7mm Rem. Mag., 30-06 Springfield, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 338 Federal in the Custom Shop.

Q: Can customers order wildcat cartridges?
A: No. The Custom Shop does not offer wildcat rounds or services.

Q: What bullet options are available for centerfire rifle?
A: Customers can buy ammunition with bullets not currently offered in Federal’s factory ammunition lineup. Examples include the Nosler AccuBond Long Range, Speer Impact, Barnes Tipped TSX, Nosler Partition, and Hornady ELD-X. Other bullets include Trophy Copper, Terminal Ascent, Berger Hunter Hybrid, Sierra MatchKing, and Nosler AccuBond. The specific list of available bullets varies per cartridge selected.

custom rifle bullets in a pail

Q: How are components selected?
A: All components are hand-selected for each load ordered. Custom Shop centerfire brass is selected and stocked for each cartridge. Primers are all Gold Medal Match, appropriately specified GM210M for standard cartridges or GM215M for magnums. Powders are chosen in the load design phase for optimum pressure, velocity and accuracy for the application. Each cartridge and bullet combination is a specific design in and of itself.

custom rifle brass lined up

If Federal produces the brass, it will be the top choice for Custom Shop loads. If not, the Custom Shop loading staff will source from top-quality suppliers such as Norma, Lapua, Nosler, Weatherby and others. Non-Federal brass will most likely not have FC headstamps, but rather the manufacturer’s headstamp. All brass will be nickel plated.