Seen at SHOT Show 2019: Federal Premium Shorty Shotshells

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posted on January 23, 2019
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For 2019, Federal Premium Ammunition is offering three brand-new 1-3/4-inch 
shotgun shells. According to federal these new Shorty Shotshells have 
performance that is very close to that of the company's full-size counterparts 
while offering the advantages of a decreased overall length. As of time 
of publication, Federal will be offering two multi-projectile loads, as 
well as one one ounce rifled slug load, though they have not ruled out 
the product line being expanded at a future date.

The three current offerings are as follows:
A foster-style, 1-ounce rifled slug that, according to Federal, is making 
1,200 feet per second at the muzzle of the gun.

A 15-pellet No. 4 buckshot load that, according to Federal, is also making 
1,200 feet per second at the muzzle of the gun.

A 15/16ths-ounce No. 8 shot that, according to Federal, is making 1,145 feet 
per second at the muzzle of the gun.
In firing both the 1-ounce rifled slug as well as the No. 8 shot, recoil was 
observed to be somewhat more manageable compared to the author’s past 
experience with similar full-size loads. Performance of the slug could 
not be readily observed as the author was only able to shoot at small 
steel poppers during range day. However, the No. 8 shot was more than 
capable of busting electronically thrown clays well out to 30-40 yards 
despite unusually high wind at Media Day at the range.

If Federal’s performance claims prove to be true the new Shorty 
Shotshells will offer some unique capabilities to both recreational- and 
defensive-minded shooters. Namely, the ability to solve what is 
considered on of the traditional limitations of the shotgun: low 
capacity.

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