Ammo Review: Federal Premium Hunter Match 22LR
By Kristin Alberts
Nickel plated brass, a lead hollow point bullet, and an affordable price tag all make Federal Premium’s Hunter Match appealing. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)
Squirrels, run for your nests high in the treetops; prairie dogs and cottontails seek safety in the fields. An ammunition manufacturer has finally realized that we 22-caliber rimfire hunters seek superior ammunition and centerfire accuracy, too. Enter Federal Premium’s 22LR Hunter Match.
What is Hunter Match 22
Federal Premium Hunter Match is the first match-grade ammunition built for and marketed specifically to hunters. With a hollow point bullet designed for maximum killing power out to 100 yards, Hunter Match extends the range of serious rimfire enthusiasts. Available in bricks of 500 consisting of individual 50 round boxes, or simply as individual boxes, Federal Premium Hunter Match is just now hitting the market, though the wait for availability may take some time as demand and production converge.
The 40 grain lead hollow point bullet is geared toward small game hunters targeting squirrels, prairie dogs, rabbits and the like. With a muzzle velocity of 1200 fps, these high-velocity rounds, according to the company, “provide flat trajectories and energy to take down any target.” All are loaded in nickel plated casings for reliable extraction