Federal Premium has a well-deserved reputation of reliability, and considering they are the largest ammunition manufacturer in the U.S., they have the ability to keep it reasonably priced. They are a pioneering enterprise who have remained on the cutting edge of technology with a keen eye on quality. When you pick up a pack of Power Shok buckshot, you know that you have an essential tool in your arsenal to take down a trophy buck in the brush, or protect your family from predators.
A common trend recently has been in reducing the punishment associated with high powered shot shell loads, and no one seems to have any complaints about that. Most shotguns sold are still pump action which lack any of the dampening capabilities of a gas-operated system, so magnum loads remain just as punishing today as in all decades past. But most applications which buckshot is used for do not need the added push of a 3” magnum load. If you are in grizzle country, yes, go with magnums. But for hunting non-dangerous game (deer), or smaller predators like coyotes, bobcats and even (maybe especially) mountain lions, that much push is just not necessary. Not to mention the drastically increased time between follow-up shots when using high-power loads.
Considering the reduction in felt recoil, the ballistics of Federal Power Shok low recoil buckshot is still formidable. With a muzzle velocity of 1,140fps, it maintains over 86% of the muzzle velocity of full power 2 ¾” #00 buckshot, a very fair trade in most circumstances for the faster follow-up shots and improved comfort level.
Since most of the population who is buying buckshot do not live and work in grizzly or Kodiak country, maybe you should consider a low-recoil offering by Federal Premium. There is no shame in it and we promise not to tell. Pride goes out the window when you need to put a threat down. Go ahead and grab a few packs of shells now and see how they work out for you and your favorite shotgun.
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