December 07, 2016 5:22 AM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Federal Cartridge Company

Company Overview

Federal Cartridge Company manufactures shotshell, centerfire, and rimfire ammunition and components. Its products include hand guns, riffles, rimfires, and shot guns. The company serves hunters, competitive shooters, and law enforcement organizations. It has distributors in Africa/the Middle East, the Asia Pacific Region, Canada, Europe, Latin America/the Caribbean Region, and Mexico. Federal Cartridge Company was formerly known as Federal Cartridge Corporation and changed its name to Federal Cartridge Company in January 1985. The company was founded in 1916 and is based in Anoka, Minnesota. Federal Cartridge Company operates as a subsidiary of Vista Outdoor Inc.

900 Ehlen Drive

Anoka, MN 55303-7503

United States

Founded in 1916


800 379 1732


763 323 2506

Key Executives for Federal Cartridge Company

Age: 75
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Federal Cartridge Company Key Developments

Federal Premium Introduces Lead-Free Power-Shok Rifle Ammunition

Federal Premium Ammunition has introduced lead-free version of its Power-Shok rifle ammunition. New Power-Shok Copper delivers the same devastating dependability in a non-lead bullet. Shipments of this new product are now being delivered to dealers. The hollow-point copper projectile provides deadly downrange accuracy and creates large wound channels. Its design also ensures consistent expansion and efficient energy transfer, while the all-new Catalyst lead-free primer fuels the most efficient and reliable ignition possible. New Power-Shok Copper loads also feature Federal brass and are available in a variety of the most popular hunting calibers.

Federal Premium Launches 20-Gauge 3rd Degree Turkey Load at the 2016 SHOT Show

Federal Premium Ammunition announced its launch of a 20-gauge 3rd Degree turkey load at the 2016 SHOT Show. Federal Premium solved an age-old turkey-hunting conundrum in 2015 by unveiling 3rd Degree, an innovative shotshell that, unlike its competitors, bettered the odds of connecting with a tom both near and far. By adding a 3-inch, 1 7/16-ounce, 20-gauge load to the existing 12-gauge line, Federal Premium offers hunters another option optimally suited for engaging birds that come in on a string, hang up at distance, or go anywhere in between. Key to 3rd Degree’s effectiveness is its multi-shot, three-stage, non-buffered payload. No. 6 FLITESTOPPER lead pellets are positioned at the front and comprise 20% of the shot. Their non-spherical shape and cutting ring quickly force them toward the outer fringe of the shot string, creating a 60% larger effective pattern at 10 yards, where it can be easy to miss a gobbler with conventional loads. Comprising 40% of the payload—and backing the FLITESTOPPER pellets—are No. 5 copper-plated lead shot. The plating reduces deformation for tighter patterns at a distance, and the smooth surface is less likely to wad up in feathers, enhancing penetration. No. 7 HEAVYWEIGHT makes up the final 40% of the payload. The tungsten-alloy material is 35% denser than lead (15 grams per cc), which means the pattern-filling No. 7 pellets carry the energy of lead No. 5s. But because of their small diameter (less friction), spherical shape and weight, HEAVYWEIGHT pellets penetrate deeper than their larger lead and plated-lead counterparts. And because the hard pellets retain their spherical shape, they maintain a tight pattern core for long-range effectiveness.

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