Federal Premium has been very busy as of late re-working many of their turkey loads for hunters to be more lethal than ever. This has come through the implementation of their FliteControl Flex Wad and the use of Heavyweight TSS payloads. Now they have a line of shotgun shells dedicated to that unique shot type with the aptly named “Heavyweight TSS.”
The name originates from the payload being of a heavyweight Tungsten Super Shot type. Federal is able to pack in payloads with No. 7 and No. 9 shot that is nearly double that of traditional No. 5 shot size.
More shot down range means more birds on the ground.
Right now, Federal Premium is producing these in 12 Gauge, 20 Gauge and even the less commonly offered .410 Gauge for younger or more recoil sensitive shooters. All of the offerings currently available come in packages of 5 shells and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the National Wild Turkey Federation. All of the current flavors and pricing can be seen below.
- 12 Gauge 3 ½” | 2 ¼ Ounce 7 Shot | 1,200 FPS | PTSSX191F 7 | MSRP $49.95
- 12 Gauge 3 ½” | 2 ¼ Ounce 9 Shot | 1,200 FPS | PTSSX191F 9 | MSRP $49.95
- 12 Gauge 3″ | 1 ¾ Ounce 7 Shot | 1,200 FPS | PTSSX193F 7 | MSRP $44.95
- 12 Gauge 3″ | 1 ¾ Ounce 9 Shot | 1,200 FPS | PTSSX193F 9 | MSRP $44.95
- 20 Gauge 3″ | 1 ½ Ounce 7 Shot | 1,200 FPS | PTSSX259F 7 | MSRP $35.95
- 20 Gauge 3″ | 1 ½ Ounce 9 Shot | 1,000 FPS | PTSSX258F 9 | MSRP $29.95
- .410 Gauge 3″ | 13/16 Ounce 9 Shot | 1,100 FPS | PTSS419F 9 | MSRP $29.95
It is nice to see not only a healthy assortment of 3″ and 3 ½” loads in 12 and 20 Gauge, but also something available for people who want to dabble in .410 Gauge. A few more of the key attributes about these shells are as follows as stated by Federal Premium in their own words.
- HEAVYWEIGHT TSS Payload w/ Advanced Buffering Material
- Twice the Pellet Count of Lead No. 5 Loads of the Same Weight
- 20% More Dense Material than Standard Tungsten
- 56% More Dense Material than Lead
- FLITECONTROL FLEX Wad provides Extremely Tight, Consistent Patterns through Standard & Ported Turkey Chokes
- Roll Crimp & Clear Card Wad keeps Buffering Material in Place
These new Heavyweight TSS turkey loads should be available at retailers to currently purchase or order. Just in time for spring turkey season. Good luck long beard hunters!