Federal Ammunition Introduces New Prairie Storm 16- and 28-Gauge Upland Hunting Loads

    Pheasants better beware as Federal Ammunition have released new 16- and 28-gauge Federal Premium Prairie Storm ammo. The payload mix consists of 70 percent standard copper-plated lead and 30 percent FS Lead and according to the manufacturer, the patterning has been improved. The wad design is also improved and the ammo can be used with both ported and standard chokes.

    Below you can read the product release in full:

    ANOKA, Minnesota – November, 2020 – New 16- and 28-gauge Federal Premium Prairie Storm FLITESTOPPER (FS) Lead loads use the updated FLITECONTROL FLEX wad and a mixed payload of standard pellets with FS lead to produce full, consistent patterns from these smaller payloads. The improved wad design can be used through both ported and standard chokes for better patterning and versatility. Shipments of this product have begun to arrive at dealers.

    “Our all-new 28- and 16-gauge offerings use the full-length FLITECONTROL FLEX wad, which was introduced with the launch of Federal Premium’s redesigned Black Cloud waterfowl shotshells and HEAVYWEIGHT TSS turkey loads. The wad’s unique design improves pattern density and consistency when fired through ported and non-ported chokes,” said Dan Compton, Federal Shotshell Product Manager. “FLITESTOPPER pellets feature 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. This cutting action creates significantly larger wound channels.”

    These enhanced design elements deliver holes in the bird, not the pattern. Testing done at the Federal Factory in Anoka, MN shows a No. 4 load puts more than 75 percent of its pattern in a 30-inch circle at 40 yards with a modified choke.


    • New options for sub-gauge shotguns, specifically 16- and 28-gauge
    • FLITECONTROL FLEX wad can be used through all upland chokes
    • Payload mix of 70 percent standard copper-plated lead and 30 percent FS Lead
    • FS lead produces even edge-to-edge patterns and creates large wound channels
    • Time-tested, ultra-effective powder and a reliable primer.
    • Supports Pheasants Forever through on-box royalty program

    Federal has supported Pheasants Forever since 1998. That on-going support includes an on-box ammunition royalty program. For every box of Prairie Storm purchased, which sports the Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever logo, Federal donates a portion of the proceeds to the organization’s habitat and education programs. So far, Federal has sold more than 55 million of these special shotshells to support these important organizations.

    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.

    Prices are as follows:

    Part No. / Description / MSRP
    PFX164FS 4 / PS 16-gauge 2 ¾-inch 1 1/8-ounce No. 4, 1,425 fps, 25-count / $35.99
    PFX164FS 5 / PS 16-gauge 2 ¾-inch 1 1/8-ounce No. 5, 1,425 fps, 25-count / $35.99
    PFX164FS 6 / PS 16-gauge 2 ¾-inch 1 1/8-ounce No. 6, 1,425 fps, 25-count / $35.99
    PFX289FS 6 / PS 28-gauge 2 ¾-inch 13/16-ounce No. 6, 1,300 fps, 25-count / $34.99

    Are there any upland hunters among our readers interested in this new ammunition?

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    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.