Federal Wins Tactical Retailer’s 2023 Gold Award for Best Shotshells

Federal has received the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Shotshells by the readers of Tactical Retailer. Shooters who read this magazine are extremely loyal to the products they use. These annual awards allow them to reveal what products they think are the absolute best.

“Federal has proven their Shotshells have phenomenal power and performance in the field as well as personal defense. This ammunition is deserving of winning the Readers' Choice Gold Award,” said Tactical Retailer Publisher Derrick Nawrocki. “Our readers can be extremely picky on the gear they choose to use, but more importantly they are very loyal to the brands they love.”

“Federal has long been a fan favorite and continues to be the consistent brand shooters trust repeatedly. We listen to our customers about what they need. Because of that, we are their top choice,” said Federal Shotshell Product Director Dan Compton. “Our new Federal Premium Personal Defense 20-gauge, 2B buckshot loads feature the rear-braking FLITECONTROL wad. This wad helps provide superior patterns, and their specialized payloads produce penetration fine-tuned to the needs of self-defense situations.”

Tactical Retailer polled its readership to find out their favorite gear; the products that really work. They then tallied the votes to determine the 2023 Readers' Choice Awards. The awards represent the best insider knowledge on products proven to work best for shooters nationwide. Reporting this knowledge helps their readers become better shooters and helps them spend their money wisely.

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