Federal Announces Top Gun with Paper Wad Shotshells

Federal Ammunition adds paper wad options to select Federal Top Gun lead and steel shotshell loads. IMG Federal Ammunition

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Federal Ammunition adds paper wad options to select Federal Top Gun lead and steel shotshell loads. This new shotshell offering adds another option to the trusted line of Federal Top Gun shotshells. This new ammunition has been shipped to dealers.

Federal Top Gun Paper Wad 12 Gauge

To accomplish consistent shooting performance with a paper wad, Federal engineers combined an exclusive paper wad with a cellulose-based filler to maintain downrange patterns. The Top Gun with Paper Wad additions are built with a select, clean-burning propellant and a paper gas-sealing over-powder wad. Clay target shooters need reliable ignition from their shotshells and the Top Gun with Paper Wad boast Federal’s reliable primers that shooters have come to trust.

“The paper wad system we have developed is proving to be a real solid performer from a patterning standpoint,” said Dan Compton, Federal Shotshell Product Director. “Our goal was to make the shooting experience seamless between a traditional polymer to this new paper system and our engineers feel we have accomplished that. This paper wad system will also be used in a wide variety of other shotshell product lines soon.”

The Top Gun with Paper Wad shotshells will be available for 12 gauge in four offerings. Two steel shot versions with 7.5 shot size and two lead offerings in 7.5 or 8 shot sizes. These loads are available with high-quality lead or steel payloads.

For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

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Liston Matthews

Everything old is new again.

Dogma Factor

What do think they used before plastic? Next it is going to be required to be green, biodegradable wads and paper hauls? If Federal stuck in the way back machine?

Rob J

It will be interesting to see how these perform in the hostile environs of the duck blind. With the push to eliminate all lead shot and projectiles from public lands, I can see a push towards biodegradable cup/wads in the near future. The benefits of a biodegradable wad system can have a large impact on many clay ranges being encroached and impinged upon by a growing populace, as well as hunting areas seeing increased closure pressures. Getting ahead of this and putting forth a product with proven reliability is a very good thing. So long as it remains cost effective… Read more »


I recall my father, about 6 decades ago had some old paper shot shells, they seemed to work fine. As Liston Matthews stated, old is new again. Though I believe the old shells had a cotton wad, not paper, and, IIRCC, the walls of the old shells were thinner.

Rob J

After graduating from a .410 the first “large bore” shotgun I used was grandpa’s 16ga with paper shells. Took quite a few upland and waterfowl with that old gun!

Liston Matthews

The ones I dissected had paper wads, as I recall.

Last edited 8 days ago by Liston Matthews
Dogma Factor

Duck hunters used paper shells with fiber wads for years before plastic came along in the 60″s and 70’s. Plastic was introduced as cost saving (lower priced ammo) when first introduced. The first plastic shells still had fiber bases with only shell walls being plastic. Wanda introduced the first all plastic shotgun shell in 1967 with complete failure 1971 as nobody believed such case would work! Thus nobody purchased Wanda products and name is now lost in history.

Last edited 9 days ago by Dogma Factor