Federal Premium Releases New Hunting Rounds

Federal Premium Releases New Hunting Rounds

Hunting season is creeping up, so there's no better time to start considering what you'll feed your trusty deer rifle. Federal Premium has four solid new choices for this year, each perfect for putting meat on the table and trophies on the wall.

Federal Premium has you covered if you're on the hunt for a new deer round:

.300 Win. Mag. and .300 WSM Power-Shok

Fans of .30-caliber magnums have a few new choices when it comes to monometal bullets with the extension of the Federal Premium Power-Shok line. The company recently added its first rounds topped with full copper-alloy projectiles for the .300 Win. Mag., and .300 WSM. And those looking to tackle nearly any game in North America — and most of the world for that matter — should be pleased with the offerings.

Both rounds boast 180-grain hollow point bullets and deliver the goods for hunters looking to really reach out. Both leave the muzzle at right about 2,960 fps and deliver a crushing 1,500 ft-lbs of energy 400 yards out. The bullets themselves are designed for controlled expansion, delivering deep penetration and devastating wound channels. The rounds are loaded in Federal’s brass and feature the company’s Catalyst high-performance primers, ensuring efficient ignition of all the propellant in the large cases. 

The MSRP of the rounds fall in line with a majority of monometal offerings available today — $45.95 for 20 rounds of .300 WSM and $39.95 for the .300 Win. Mag.

6.5 Creedmoor Trophy Copper

The 6.5 Creedmoor has really come into its own over the past several years. This is as true in the hunting field as it is in the category of long-range target shooting. The excellent ballistic coefficients of most of the 6.5 bullets alone speak volumes to the long-range potential and inherent accuracy of the cartridge. And Federal Premium has introduced what looks to be a solid option for those on the stalk in areas with lead-ammo restrictions or looking for a round with the potential for deep penetration. 

The 6.5 Creedmoor Trophy Copper round puts a 120-grain monometal projectile tailor-made to produce the most devastating wound channels possible, even at the most distant ranges, at a hunter's disposal. Helping the bullet to this end is a polymer-tipped cavity, designed to reliably expand the bullet once it reaches its target. 

On top of that, and common to monometal bullets in general, the bullet retains 99 percent of its weight, even on the deepest penetration. The bullet also features grooved shanks, ensuring the best possible accuracy over a wide spectrum of firearms.

The new 6.5 Creedmoor Trophy Copper round presently has a MSRP of $47.95 on a box of 20 cartridges.

6.5 Grendel Fusion MSR

Once purely a round favored by target shooters, hunters have come to embrace what the 6.5 Grendel brings to the table. Harnessing the superior ballistics of 6.5 bullets and slapping them in cartridges that excel in ARs has been a boon for those who get the opportunity to take long shots at whitetails. 

Federal Premium has given Grendel hunters more fodder to consider with the recent expansion of its Fusion MSR line. Topped with a 120-grain projectile and tailored for peak performance in 16-inch-barreled black rifles, the new round looks ready to put meat on the table this hunting season. 

The soft-point bullets leave the muzzle at an impressive 2,600 fps and hit like a freight train, dumping nearly 600 ft-lbs of energy into a target 500 yards out. And hunters have the peace of mind that the bullet will perform, even at range, with the meaty, copper jackets skived at the tip to ensure complete expansion and deadly wound channels. On top of that, the jackets are molecularly fused to the soft lead cores, ensuring the bullets retain a maximum amount of weight deep into a target. 

Presently, the MSRP on a box of 20 6.5 Grendel 120-grain Fusion MSR is $29.95.


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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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