NEW Federal Ammunition: Prairie Storm Upland Loads in 16ga and 28ga


NEW Federal Ammunition: Prairie Storm Upland Loads in 16ga and 28ga

Like many of you I have used Federal ammunition for decades in the hunting field. As to waterfowl and upland game birds my hunting shotguns have primarily been 12ga, 20ga and on occasion the nice little 410. The number of ducks, geese, sandhill crane, pheasant, quail, and dove that I have taken with Federal ammo over the years, well let’s just say it brings back many fond memories. It is ironic then that as I currently have an itch to pick up a 16ga or 28ga, maybe even both to pursue upland gamebirds, that Federal introduces a brand-new line of upland shotshell ammo for both gauges. In the following press release Federal describes the newest addition to their Prairie Storm Upland shotshell line up now available at dealers:

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.

“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.”

Prairie Storm Upland

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.

Features of the newest Federal Prairie Storm Upland Hunting Loads include:

  • 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

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Terry Nelson is currently a writer for AllOutdoor who has chosen not to write a short bio at this time.

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