New Ammo: Federal Premium Hunter Match .22 LR

New Ammo: Federal Premium Hunter Match .22 LR

Federal Premium Hunter Match - cartridges

There is one sure-fire way to get plinkers' eyes to light up — tell them there’s .22 ammo available.

Drought-like conditions in the rimfire end of the market in recent years have left many .22 aficionados at the razor’s edge. Thankfully, slowly but surely, this dearth of the world’s favorite rifle round has eased up in many parts of the country lately. On top of that, a good number of companies have expanded their .22 offerings, giving all varieties of rimfire shooters more options in their quest to poke holes through everything from soda cans to squirrels.

Federal Premium Ammunition recently expanded its extensive rimfire catalog with what appears to be a real firecracker. The Hunter Match .22 LR ammunition has the velocity and projectile to make it a lethal field round.

Federal Premium Hunter Match retrieved projectile

Specially designed to take small game and varmints, the round launches its 40-grain bullet at 1,200 fps and offers 128 ft-lbs. of energy at the muzzle. This is enough velocity and energy to ensure the hollow point Match bullet achieves maximum penetration and expansion out to 100 yards. To boot, the high-velocity .22’s case is nickel-plated, which should give shooters the peace of mind that it will extract reliably and resist corrosion.

The Federal Hunter Match will be available in 500-count and 50-count packages. No MSRP was available for the larger batches at writing, but the price on the 50-count packages is $7.95.


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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