Federal expands Hammer Down ammo series

One of the big drawbacks to tubular-magazine lever guns is that they were tied to the often 19th century round-nosed bullet designs they were introduced with as feeding the new-fangled “spitzer” pointed bullets could cause a ka-boom situation. A few years back, Hornady’s LEVERevolution (get it?) series fixed this with a soft plastic shock-absorbing Flex Tip (no jokes, please) bullet that allows velocity increases of up to 250 fps over traditional flat/round point loads while still proving safe in tubular magazines. While Hornady now offers these in like 15 calibers from .357 Magnum to .450 Marlin, they cost a primo price.

To give Hornady some competition, Federal in 2020 announced their similar concept, the Hammer Down line, but only offered the bullets in four calibers: .30-30 Win., .357 Magnum, .327 Federal, and .44 Rem. Magnum. Now, they have announced an expansion to include .45 (Long) Colt, .35 Remington, and .444 Marlin.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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