Federal Reinvents the Turkey Load and Doubles Its Range

By Randy Wakeman

Federal TSS turkey loads
Illustration courtesy of Federal Premium.

Many will recall that there was a company called Tungsten Super Shot that eventually closed its doors. Tungsten Super Shot is the densest shot material on the planet at 18 grams per cc. This is a significant density increase from what was previously the densest factory loaded shot, Federal's Heavyweight, which is about 15 grams per cc.

What the additional density allows a pellet to do is nothing short of astounding. If you want 1.75 inches of penetration, #2 steel is out of gas at about 38 yards. With #5 lead, the limit is about 52 yards. Federal's new TSS loads in #7 shot maintain 1.75 inches of penetration to 100 yards. The TSS load shown in the chart is a 20 gauge load.

Federal TSS Chart
Illustration courtesy of Federal Premium.

Federal's testing shows that a 3 inch 12 gauge load with 1-3/4 ounces of #7 TSS shot nets 200 hits in a 10-inch circle at 40 yards and #9 TSS shot nets about 350 hits. Trulock Choke Company has been working with these loads for some time. Federal is launching a full line of these loads in 12 gauge, 20 gauge and .410 bore, in both #9 and #7 shot sizes. These loads feature the improved FliteControl Wad that Federal introduced last year in some of their Black Cloud loads, designated as the "FliteControl Flex Wad."

TSS has long been a favorite of some reloaders. Now, Federal makes it a factory production item and they will easily be the longest range factory turkey loads ever offered. They are made not just with the improved wad, but also with buffering and roll crimps. Federal plans on having them available for the 2018 turkey season.

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