Federal Vital-Shok High Density Buckshot


Announced at the 2015 SHOT Show, the new Vital-Shok High Density buckshot from Federal Premium is now shipping to distributors.

The new load uses nine 00-buck pellets that are made from a tungsten-alloy metal. The pellets are then loaded to a muzzle velocity of 1,600 fps. Tight patterning is assisted by the company’s highly effective Flitecontrol wad. Everything is contained in a 2.75 shell.

Federal is marketing this as an excellent load for hog and predator control. I would expect penetration to be very good, and with a tight pattern, it should be devastating. The MSRP is $16.95/box.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • Manny Fal

    I want depleted uranium dammit!

    • Anton Gray Basson

      Damn Right,never know when you got take out and ammour plated pig.

    • Raven

      Go big or go home: osmium-iridium alloy is where it’s at.

      • Badwolf

        big is right. if my math is correct, osmium is 18% denser than uranium. and at current market prices, the amount of osmium needed for one single pellet of 00-buck costs $89, if in iridium costs $126.

        • StoictheVast

          When you care enough to send the very best…..

    • El Duderino

      Pfft…neutronium. 1.2+ billion tons per cubic centimeter. Now THAT is knockdown power, son. Federal Mega-Super-Duper-Ultra-Xtreme Shok.

      For you non-geeks out there, yes it’s a real thing. No, you can’t get to it.

      • Eric DeSardi

        you can get it you just have to go into the heart of a Neutron star Good luck with that

        • Badwolf

          if we are going into fiction now, might as well make it an adamantium-kryptonite-vibranium alloy

    • sam

      Meh, sounds fine, but I want shot made of a trans-uranium-island-of-stability element. 3″ Isotope-Magnum.


    Won’t that wear out the barrel faster?

    • Giolli Joker

      The wad prevents them to touch the barrel.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn, almost $4.oo a shell?
    And I thought .50 BMG was high.

    • Sianmink

      $16.95 for 10 rounds, not 5. So $1.70 a trigger pull.

      edit: No it really is 5. I thought I had found a box pic with 10 but now they’re all turning up 5’s. ouch.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Thats a little better.
        The link goes to a 5 pack.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Yeah, ill pass.
        Regular old shotgun shells have been killing burglars just fine for a long time.

    • BattleshipGrey

      Last I checked .50 bmg was fairly reasonable at $3-4 a round compared to $6-7 ten years ago. The Barrett M82 is still on my list for someday, I just hope bmg stays low. I’ve even considered buying a bit of stock now to build up.

      • Dan

        Do it, if you do seriously plan on getting a .50 sometime buy your ammo or components now.

  • Seamus Bradley

    Sounds great for hunting!

    But for home defense I was a bit more spread given the short range (small house) and plain lead shot so it can “mush” a bit more and cause even further damage and “maybe just maybe” slow down a bit more if it misses and goes through sheet rock.

    • Jon

      You can allways use chockes.

  • Bill

    Now they just need to put those in the LE132 load. With the Flite-Control wad I’d love to see how much more effective range they have.

  • ghost

    I’ll buy these like I buy slugs, a box or two, just because.

  • Southerner

    Is this load restricted to cylinder bore shotguns?

  • politicallyincorrectshooter

    I’d like to see a similar load of #1 or 0 shot.

    • gunsandrockets

      Also like to see #4 buck and BB loads.

      Also like to see #4 buck in .410 gauge.

  • gunsandrockets

    Are the pellets tungsten or tungsten-carbide?

    Even tungsten-carbide is much denser than lead, so how heavy is this 9 pellet load?

  • wry762

    So… are these only safe to use in barrels rated for steel shot? I would guess yes…