First Look: Federal 28-Gauge Black Cloud

posted on September 25, 2023
MAIN28 Gauge Black Cloud

Federal Ammunition has added two 28-gauge, 3-inch, ¾-ounce loads in shot sizes No. 3 or 4 to its Black Cloud product lineup. 

“When first approached for developing a 28-gauge, 3-inch waterfowl load, Black Cloud was the obvious first choice out of all our product lines” said Federal Shotshell product director Dan Compton. “Black Cloud’s technology blend of Flitestopper Steel, zinc plated Premium steel and Flitecontrol Flex wad really shines in these smaller but highly effective loads. They pattern very tight and hit hard. We are extremely happy with the results.”

That Flitecontrol Flex wad is designed to deliver better pattern density and consistency through both ported and standard waterfowl chokes. This improved density is part of what allows this sub-gauge Black Cloud to shine alongside its full-sized counterparts, keeping its payload together at distances well beyond typical.

“Our Flitestopper steel pellets make up a full 40 percent of the payload, and really help the terminal performance of any sub-gauge,” said Compton. “A raised cutting ridge encircling the exterior gives the pellets an unparalleled ability to slice through feathers and flesh. These specialized pellets create significantly larger wound channels than standard round pellets or other designs, devastating game on impact.”

Other features of the 28-gauge Black Cloud include a 1,400 fps muzzle velocity for ample downrange energy, provided by a clean-burning and temperature stable propellant. Black Cloud's payload is made up of 40-percent Flitestopper steel pellets and 60-percent Premium steel. Finally, a plated head helps inhibit corrosion in damp environments, while a sealed crimp stops moisture in extreme weather. This means Black Cloud will still fire, even if it happens to go for a quick swim while you're fumbling in your blind bag between flights of cupping greenheads. For more information on all products from Federal, visit MSRP: $40.99/25-round boxes



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