Federal offers a large line of shotgun shells and ammunition for centerfires and rimfires. They are one of the world’s leading ammo makers with nearly 1400 employees working in the Minnesota factory. Federal’s major ammo brand is called Federal Premium and it is one of the favorites among competitive shooters.
The Federal Cartridge Corporation began in 1922 when Charles Horn started distribution through retail establishments around the country. By 1941, the company had been awarded a contract worth $87 million from the US government. The quick rise to success only continued during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Eventually, the plant was awarded with the famed Army-Navy “E” for Excellence of war material production.
Over the years, Federal has been owned and operated by the Horn family. Once Charles retired, his son William took control and expanded the company with a new emphasis on advertising. In 1960, they started a new industry standard by color coding shot shells to denote the gauges. In 1973, the company became the first to ever introduce a steel load.
William Horn rolled out the Federal Premium line of centerfire rifles and shot shell ammo in 1977. It quickly rose to the top of the industry and remains one of the most popular options among gun enthusiasts today.