A worldwide leader in ammunition, Federal, has announced an addition to their Black Cloud line with a new 20 gauge option for waterfowl hunters. Their Black Cloud TSS product offers a 60/40 mix of Tungsten Super Shot pellets, which are a blend of powdered tungsten and iron, combined with Federal’s elliptical “Flitestopper” pellets. Adding Federal’s rear-opening “Flitecontrol Flex” wad, which purports to provide exceptionally tight patterns, the Minnesota-based ammo maker intends to help hunters bring down ducks and geese with ease. The official press release reads as follows.
ANOKA, Minnesota – June 8, 2020 – Duck and goose hunting entered a deadly new age with the introduction of Black Cloud TSS. Now hunters can get that same performance in a new 20-gauge load that blends No. 3 FLITESTOPPER Steel with No. 9 18 g/cc Tungsten Super Shot. Shipments of this new product have begun to arrive at dealers.
A full 56 percent than lead and more than double the density of steel, TSS pellets maintain velocity farther, hit harder and penetrate deeper than any waterfowl payload ever has. The swarm of shot leaves no chance for escape with the FLITECONTROL FLEX wad, which opens from the rear for a controlled release of the payload and the deadliest, most consistent patterns.
“The hard-hitting TSS pellets make up 60 percent of the payload, our FLITESTOPPER steel pellets make up the remaining 40 percent,” said Federal Shotshell Product Manager Dan Compton. “A raised cutting ridge encircling the exterior gives the pellets an unparalleled ability to slice through feathers and flesh, with no loss of penetration or adverse effect on ballistics and flight characteristics. FLITESTOPPER steel creates significantly larger wound channels than standard round pellets. Coupled with TSS, this blended load delivers extremely impressive results.”
Features & Benefits
- New option pushes 20-gauge effective range to 50 yards
- 60 percent TSS pellets
- TSS is more than double the density of steel and 56 percent denser than lead
- 40 percent FLITESTOPPER Steel
- FLITECONTROL FLEX wad provides the most consistent patterns in all waterfowl chokes
- Reliable primer and clean, fast-burning propellant
- Blended load featuring No. 9 TSS and No. 3 FLITESTOPPER Steel
Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.
Press Release Contact: JJ Reich
Senior Manager – Press Relations
Wetland shotgunners, what do you think? Has Federal gotten the 20 gauge formula right with this shell option? As you try out these new quack smackers, please let us know in the comments below what your experience with them turns out to be. Try to stay warm and dry out there, and happy hunting!