Federal’s new Premium 3rd Degree Turkey Shotshell offers the hunter a very versatile shotshell with new capabilities.
With spring turkey season right around the corner, the turkey hunter has a lot of new technology to choose from this year and ammunition is a big one. Federal Premium 3rd Degree is a new shotshell that promises to extend the killing distance for turkeys and keep the closer range shots easier to pattern on target.
This is done by utilizing three different sized shot, and stacking them in a series much like that of a staged rocket. The top stage has #6 nickel-plated lead shot and is 20 percent of the payload. This opens up the pattern for closer shots within 20 yards. The second stage, in the middle of the shot payload, is #5 copper-plated lead shot. This creates a dense pattern for those medium range shots.
For long distance, #7 tungsten-iron Heavyweight pellets give more energy than that of the other stages for those long 40-plus-yard shots on that educated gobbler.
Muzzle velocity on the shot is at 1,250 feet per second (fps). There are 12 gauge three-inch length shells available, along with 3.5-inch shells for a retail price of $21.95 to $24.95. Small price to pay for that one shot at that monster gobbler tom this spring.