Posted January 29, 2020 7:00 am by Comments

By Kristin Alberts

Henry Repeating Arms and Federal Ammunition team up for a round specifically for lever-action rifles. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/
Lever action rifles have never been hotter, thanks to both modern technologies as well as specialized ammunition designed to improve performance. It would be difficult to name two companies with a finger more firmly on the pulse of the lever gun market than Henry Repeating Arms and Federal Premium ammunition. Together, they bring hunters a specialized line of ammunition optimized for lever-action rifles.
Federal Premium’s HammerDown is purpose-built for lever gun hunters of medium to big game. The new line of ammo, designed in partnership between Federal and Henry, was built for optimal cycling and performance in lever-action rifles—that is, specifically, long guns.
Many modern lever actions are chambered for handgun-based calibers—like the .357 Magnum, .327 Fed Mag, .44 Magnum, and .45 Colt—yet there are few, if any, loads tailored for rifle-length platforms, especially those suited for the tubular magazines of most lever-action rifles. All bullets for HammerDown are either Bonded Soft Points or Bonded Hollow Point encased in nickel-plated cases. Velocities are also optimized to produce superior ballistics and terminal performance when fired through rifle or carbine barrel lengths, rather than pedestrian handgun performance.


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