2022 Editors’ Choice Award Winning  Federal Force X2 Shorty

2022 Editors’ Choice Award Winning 

Federal Force X2 Shorty

The Editors’ Choice Award we’re giving Federal for its new Force X2 Shorty 12-gauge shotshells isn’t solely based on the fact that we now have another very-solid choice for truncated 1-3/4 12-gauge ammo that can be stacked much deeper in a magazine tube than standard 2-3/4 and 3-inch shells, but also its unique payload. Each Force X2 Shorty shell holds six of Federal’s 00 segmenting copper-plated-lead buckshot pellets, designed to split into two halves upon impact. This effectively doubles the wound channels and offers the greatest terminal performance of any of the current mini-shotshell offerings.

The stated muzzle velocity from the Shorty’s is 1245 F.P.S., only five F.P.S. down compared to the nine-pellet 2-3/4 version of the Force X2 buckshot. What’s also down — substantially — is recoil, making this load the perfect home-defense load for smaller-statured humans. When tested in our 20-inch barreled Mossberg 590S — one of the only shotguns that will reliably cycle sub-length shotshells — we were able to load a total of 13 Shorty’s in the magazine tube, as opposed to 7 three-inch or 8 2-3/4 inch shells. If you’re looking for the most devastating sub-length shotshell available today, you just found it. Pick some up at your nearest dealer ($31.99 per box of 10), or for more information, contact Federal Premium; Tel.: (800)379-1732; web: federalpremium.com — Ben Battles