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What You Need to Know About Federal Power Shok Ammo

What You Need to Know About Federal Power Shok Ammo
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The Federal Power Shok line of ammunition is designed for hunters wanting effective, reliable, and affordable hunting ammo for use on deer sized game.

Deer hunters, especially whitetail hunters, make up the overwhelming majority of all big game hunters in the Untied States. Not surprisingly, most of the big ammo companies focus a lot of their efforts on developing products designed for that market segment.

Federal Ammunition is no different and the Federal Power Shok line is one of a couple different products produced by the company that's geared towards deer hunters.

This is not flashy, fancy, or gimmicky ammo that's the focus of an intense or clever marketing campaign. In fact, the Federal Power Shok line is similar to the Remington Core Lokt and Winchester Super X lines. They've all been around for a long time and have been a "tried and true" hunting ammo choice for many, many deer hunters over the years.

Instead of trying to appeal to hunters who want the latest and greatest rifle ammunition, Federal instead emphasizes proven performance, good accuracy, consistent muzzle velocities, and an affordable price for Power Shok ammo.

Federal Power Shok ammo is currently manufactured in an incredible array of centerfire rifle cartridges including .222 Remington, .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, 6mm Remington, .25-06 Remington, 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Winchester, 270 WSM, 7mm Mauser, 7mm-08 Remington, 7mm WSM, .280 Remington, 7mm Remington Magnum, .30 Carbine, .300 Blackout, .300 Savage, 7.62x39, .30-30 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 300 WSM, .300 Win Mag, 32 Winchester Special, .303 British, 8mm Mauser, .338 Federal, .350 Legend, .35 Remington, .375 H&H Magnum, .450 Bushmaster, and .45-70 Government.  

As you can see, while that list includes virtually all of the really popular cartridges used by American hunters. Heck, even those who use a less common cartridge like the .222 Remington, 6.5x55 Swede, or .303 British can find factory loaded deer hunting ammo in the Federal Power Shok line.

With just a couple of exceptions (like the Nosler Ballistic Tip for the .338 Federal), this ammunition is loaded with a traditional lead-core jacketed soft point (JSP) bullet. Like I said, there's nothing fancy about those bullets and they aren't much different from what hunters used a generation ago.

That being said, there's nothing wrong with them either: these bullets are excellent for game like blacktail deer, feral hogs, mule deer, pronghorn, and whitetail deer and often deliver devastating terminal performance.

Additionally, those bullets are also very simple and inexpensive to manufacture, which helps reduce production costs. This is a big part of why Federal Power Shok is one of the most reasonably priced hunting ammo options available. To further enhance their appeal and reduce the price even further, Federal quite often offers a rebate on their Power Shok ammo as well. 

These bullets do contain lead though, so the basic Federal Power Shok line is not permitted for hunting in California.

Fortunately, Federal also produces their Power Shok Copper line in .243 Winchester, .270 Winchester, .300 Blackout, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 300 WSM, and .300 Win Mag. The copper hollow point (HP) bullets used in those offerings are indeed lead free and will fit the bill nicely for deer hunting in California.

Federal Power Shok ammo is only available as centerfire rifle ammo and there are no plans for Federal Premium to offer this line in handgun or rimfire ammunition.

This ammo is certainly capable of getting the job done on really big and tough animals like elk and moose with good shot placement. However, this ammo isn't really designed for that sort of work and there are better choices to use for large, heavy boned animals like the Barnes VOR-TX or Winchester Expedition Big Game line.

So, if you're looking for some reliable deer hunting ammo that won't break the bank to take out for whitetail hunting this fall in your Ruger Hawkeye or Remington 700, then consider adding some Federal Power Shok ammunition to your wish list. 

Like what you see? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on the Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on Facebook & YouTube and subscribe to his show: the Big Game Hunting Podcast. 

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