Dedicated turkey hunters know one thing above all others, and that is that every time you think you’ve got the gobblers’ number, they change the game on you. The good folks at Federal Ammunition, as dedicated hunters of the cussed birds themselves, have set up a whole new array of beard-busting, tungsten-based ammunition options that includes all the sub-gauges and variations their mad-scientist engineers could dream up. It’s called the Federal Custom Shop, and it allows you to select tungsten super shot (TSS) in hard-to-find sub-gauges and low-recoil configurations. When you click on that link in the last sentence (and don’t worry, we’ll give it to you again at the end of the article), it takes you to a dedicated page, and this is where the fun begins (for you, not the turkeys).
At first the page will look like a regular “catalog”-style online offering, but you’ll quickly notice that there are offerings that aren’t available via regular “catalog”-style ordering. Here you can select and refine every possible weird combination of gauge, shotshell length, payloads, and more. Customers can choose their gauge, shell length, shot size, and shot weight from a list of TSS options. Gauges include 10, 12, 16, 20 and 28 with shotshell length and payloads varying depending on each gauge. TSS shot size could be 7, 8, 9, and 10 or mixed 7/9 or 8/10—this also depends on gauge selected.
The Federal’s online Custom Shop translates to Federal’s real-world Custom Shop, and when they say “custom,” they mean it. This isn’t just regular ol’ tungsten turkey loads with a fancier box. The Custom Shop is a separate, secured room with a state-of-the-art reloading workshop focused on the utmost attention to detail, quality, and care for each hand-loaded round produced. An elite group of Federal’s most experienced employees were selected to work in the Custom Shop. Using the best components available, these expert engineers handcraft this ammunition to order. Each round is hand-checked with a final cleaning and inspection before being packed in Custom Shop packaging and shipped out. Each box of Custom Shop ammunition is signed by the Federal employee who hand-loaded it. Since ammunition is made-to-order, typical lead time is approximately 2 to 3 weeks to produce. Buyers will receive their order after a few days of shipping time.
TSS is incredibly dense which helps it provide optimum energy and the highest velocities at long ranges. Shotshells loaded with TSS represent a big upgrade from anything previously available, letting hunters harvest gobblers farther than they ever thought possible. Payloads of No. 7, 8, 9 or 10s TSS shot provide high pellet counts—in many cases, more than double compared to lead loads of the same weight. The shot is 18 grams per cubic centimeter density and is 56 percent denser than lead.
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