Federal's new Force X2 buckshot splits upon impact.
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In many circles, the shotgun remains the ultimate home defense weapon. With the right load, it simply hits like the hammer of Thor. And with Federal Premium’s newest development, Thor’s hammer just magically multiplied. Federal Force X2 buckshot splits into two equally sized pieces upon impact.

Federal Force X2 Buckshot

Force X2 features copper-plated 00 FX2 buckshot pellets. Federal designed the pellets to split upon impact, multiplying the wound channels inside the target. The splitting pellets improve energy transfer, while minimizing the risk of over-penetration, according to Federal.

The Force X2 load also delivers a more manageable recoil impulse, according to Federal. Shooters can stay on target and deliver faster follow-up shots when recoil doesn’t rock them off sight picture.

“Federal’s splitting buckshot is the first significant change to buckshot ammo in over a century. The expert ammunition engineers at Federal decided it was time for improvements in buckshot that would help in some Personal Defense situations,” said Federal Ammunition Shotshell Product Manager Dan Compton. “This new self-defense shotgun load is designed for tremendous energy transfer for a wider and larger amount of terminal damage.”

Federal engineers tested the new load, achieving 4 1/2-inch patters at 7 yards. Testing yielded 14-inch patterns at 20 yards, with a cylinder choke, according to Federal. Shooting into 10-percent ballistic gel, pellet penetration averaged 9 1/2 inches. Pellets began segmenting at an average depth of 4.5 inches after impact, according to Federal.

With increased energy transfer and minimized over-penetration risk, the new Force X2 load becomes an instant competitor in the home defense market.

Federal Force X2 Features

  • 12-gauge 2 ¾-inch nine-pellet segmenting buckshot
  • Nine FX2 copper-plated buckshot pellets designed to split in half on impact
  • Manageable recoil
  • The pattern and power of buckshot
  • Double the wound channels
  • Less collateral damage risk from over-penetration

For more information, visit federalpremium.com.

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