FAQs

You can purchase Federal ammunition from a wide array of dealers and sporting goods businesses. To find a dealer in your area, go to Where to Buy, enter your zip code and hit search. Premium 365 dealers offer the widest selection of our products.

We offer recipes for a variety of loads featuring our component bullets. Please visit our reloading page, as well as those of sister brands Speer® and Alliant Powder® for more information.

Store reloading components and ammunition in a cool, dry place, protected from direct exposure to sunlight. If stored properly, loaded ammunition has a 10-year shelf life.

There are small differences that make each of these calibers unique. Most notably are the standards in which pressure is tested and measured. You can shoot 223 Rem. ammunition in a 5.56x45mm chamber, but not the other way around due to these pressure variances.

HEAVYWEIGHT TSS has seen a huge spike in demand, and although we're thrilled hunters have adopted this product, it has affected availability at retail outlets. As always, we're working to ensure we meet our customers' needs and will be increasing production prior to next turkey season to ensure stronger availability.

Open tip match (OTM) rifle bullets are typically used for shooting targets at the range. The slender, streamlined bullets feature a copper-alloy jacket with a hole at the nose through which the lead core is poured during the manufacturing process. The result is a highly consistent, accurate projectile. However, unlike true hollow-points and bullets like the Trophy Bonded Tip, OTMs are not designed to offer controlled expansion, penetrate the target or retain a given percentage of their weight, making them a poor choice for hunting.

The Federal 12-gauge Multi-Purpose shotshell loads (part numbers MP12 7.5 and MP12 8) feature a hull that is not recommended for reloading. It uses a European-style hull that works best with a Europeanstyle primer.

We recently upgraded our Premium centerfire rifle varmint and big game product lines, giving these loads nickel-plated brass to prevent corrosion and provide faster, smoother extraction. Aside from the plating, the brass—as well as the bullets, powders, primers and construction processes used to build the ammunition—is identical to that of your previously purchased rounds. Expect the same ballistic performance achieved by older, unplated brass product with the same part number when fired through the same rifle. The nickel-plated cases also offer the same outstanding reloadability as unplated Federal brass.

Representatives are available to answer your calls between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., CT Monday through Friday. We recently launched an improved phone system that ensures you speak with a live agent.

Recently improved Black Cloud® FS Steel® uses the FLITECONTROL FLEX™ wad, which is designed to open from the rear for denser, more consistent patterns. Unlike its predecessor, the original FLITECONTROL® wad, the new design works through all waterfowl chokes—including ported ones.

For decades, we’ve loaded the industry’s finest bullets, including our proprietary Trophy Bonded® Bear Claw®, Trophy Bonded Sledgehammer® Solid, Trophy Bonded Tip, Trophy Copper and Edge TLR™, in our Premium® rifle ammunition. We also build Fusion® bullets for deer hunting, Syntech® bullets for range use and HST® and Hydra-Shok® projectiles for self-defense. We currently offer Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, Trophy Bonded Sledgehammer Solid, Trophy Bonded Tip, Edge TLR and Syntech as component bullets for reloaders.

We do sell reloading components including brass, however, at this time we do not sell shotshell hulls.

A method of correlating relative velocities of shotshells loaded with smokeless propellant to shotshells loaded with black powder. The reference black powder load chosen was a 3 dram charge of black powder, with 1 1/8 oz. of shot and a velocity of 1200 fps. Therefore, a 3 dram equivalent load using smokeless powder would be with 1 1/8 oz. of shot having a velocity of 1200 fps. or 1 1/4 oz. of shot and a velocity of 1165 fps. A 3 1/4 dram equivalent load might have 1 1/8 oz. of shot and a velocity of 1255 fps. (Also see SAAMI.org/faqs/)

No. Placing ammunition in a tumbler can be very dangerous. The risks are detonation inside the tumbler or changed powder characteristics that can result in serious injury during firing.

Not at this time. Our business is set up to sell directly to distributors, wholesalers and retailers. Please visit Where to Buy to find a dealer near you.

Please visit Vista Outdoor's Premium Partners website for more information. Membership in the Premium Partners program is exclusive–we want active dealers who are willing to commit to our brands and highlight our promotions. In return, we provide specialized promotions and world-class sales and marketing support to help you move product off your shelf and build customer loyalty.

For ammunition questions or to speak with a Federal Product Services team member, please call 800-379-1732. Representatives are available between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

Try your local dealer. We get many requests for sponsorship and do not have the resources to support them all. Our efforts are focused on national strategic sponsorships among our current partners in the industry.

Not through Federal. The best bet would be to check with your local retailers. Some businesses may have what you're looking for.

Contact your local hazmat facility. Each state, county or city may have different regulations for proper disposal.