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MeatEater Trophy Copper and Shotshell Ammo Released By Federal

The MeatEater is getting his own line of ammo from Federal.

Steven Rinella, aka: "The MeatEater," is arguably one of the most popular and mainstream sportsmen personalities out there right now. His podcast is among the most popular in the outdoor genre, and the hit show can even be found on the popular streaming service Netflix.

Now the MeatEater brand is getting its own line of bullets and shotshells from Federal Premium, the world's largest ammunition manufacturer.

Federal's history of quality ammunition in a huge range of varieties continues on with this partnership of two major companies.

Exclusive Line of MeatEater Ammunition from Federal Premium

The rifle cartridges are part of Federal Ammunition's Trophy Copper line. These are polymer-tipped copper bullets. Federal has announced at least two MeatEater branded calibers, a 120-grain 6.5 Creedmoor round and a 140-grain round in 280 Ackley will be available right away. Word has it that it will eventually include eighteen calibers ranging from .223 to 338 Lapua Magnum.

Federal says these bullets retain 99 percent weight for penetration and expansion. "Plus, the tipped bullet cavity is optimized for reliable expansion across a broad spectrum of velocities-guaranteeing maximum wound channels at a variety of ranges," a Federal press release says.

The company also says these bullets will deliver more energy upon impact and hopefully cleaner kills thanks to a boat-tail design. The .280 Ackley round also features a grooved bullet shank to increase accuracy.

But anyone who watches Steve's show knows that he doesn't focus only on big game. The new line of ammunition also includes MeatEater branded shotshells made of bismuth with a 9.6 g/cc density.

These shells also use a lead-free "Catalyst" primer and Federal's FLITECONTROL wads to keep you consistently on the birds. Federal is offering the MeatEater bismuth shells in both 3 and 2 ¾ inch lengths for 12 gauge with shot sizes ranging from 1 3/8 ounces to 1 ¼ ounces. Twenty-gauge rounds are 3-inches and are 1 1/8 ounces in 3, 4 and 5 bismuth.

If you're not familiar with bismuth, it is generally thought of as a better alternative to lead. But is harder-hitting than steel, making for more dead birds when waterfowl or upland game hunting. It is also non-toxic, which means you can take it to areas of the United States and beyond that have restrictions on lead ammo. Rinella has long been a proponent for moving away from lead, so we're not surprised his shotshells are going this route.

Both the centerfire box and the shotshell packaging will come with MeatEater-specific imagery to make the connection official.

Federal Premium's MeatEater line of ammunition is hitting stores in the late winter and spring, depending on production schedules. It will be the official ammunition of MeatEater, and is should help further the Federal and MeatEater names in the overall hunting industry.

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