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The Federal Cartridge Company, headquartered in Anoka, Minnesota, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alliant Techsystems. The company was founded in 1916 and has since become one of the finest names in the ammunition industry. Today, the company manufactures a complete line of rimfire ammunition, centerfire ammunition and shotshells – they even have a production contract with the United States Military. Federal ammunition has been used during multiple Olympic Games in which the U.S. team brought home gold, silver and bronze medals. Pretty high-quality stuff if you ask me.
Independence .38 Special ammunition is a product from the Federal Cartridge Company's "Independence" brand of ammunition. Independence ammunition is marketed as an economy load suitable for precision practice as well as a range of other shooting applications, including various training exercises. Developed specifically for high-volume shooters and priced accordingly, Independence ammunition offers positive performance on par with Federal's more expensive brands. And like all Federal ammunition, Independence .38 Special ammunition is manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Missouri, which is an interesting aspect of the ammunition in itself. LCAAP is a government-owned, contractor-operated munitions facility that was originally established in 1941 for the manufacture and testing of small arms ammunition for the U.S. Army. Since 2001, it has been operated by Alliant Techsystems and is the largest manufacturer of small arms ammunition for the U.S. Army.
That said each box of Independence .38 Special ammunition contains 50 non-corrosive, brass-cased cartridges. Each cartridge contains a 130 gr full metal jacket projectile, which provides for increased muzzle velocities. In fact, this load is capable of producing muzzle velocities that have been observed to travel at speed of up to 1,050 fps.
All Federal ammunition is manufactured using fully-reloadable, newly-manufactured brass cases as well as non-corrosive Boxer primers. Additionally, all cartridges are visually inspected for quality assurance purposes prior to leaving the manufacturing plant.
|Projectile Type||Full Metal Jacket|
|Projectile Weight||130 gr|
|Restrictions||Age - 18+|
|Rounds Per Box||50|
|Returns Accepted||Yes - Must Not Be Modified Or Visibly Used|
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I actually bought Eagle, Estates, and Independence all Federal ammo for comparison, and I compared them to two other off the shelf ammo (Winchester WB, and Remington UMC.
All the ammo tested performed well with no FTF's what so ever, but as far as kick goes I'd have to say that the WWB had the most perceived recoil followed by the UMC's and finally the Federal ammo. All three federal ammo (Eagle, Estates, and Independence) seemed to have the same amount of kick to them.
When it came to cleanliness I'd have to say that the UMC's by far were the dirtiest of all 5. The remaining 4 were all very close but I'd have to say the Eagles and Estates were a close 3 and 2nd, and the independence would be first as far as how clean they shot
All three federal branded ammo looked the best and all were very similar to one another especially the Estates and Eagles. The independence rounds were branded Blazer at the bottom of the brass while the other two simply said "federal" on the bottom. All three federal ammo looked great, nice clean brass and clean crimps. The UMC and the WWB on the other hand appeared much more rough with scratched and lightly dented brass while none of the federal ammo had any of these characteristics.
These Independence shot well and looked great compared to its slightly more expensive twin the Eagles. Of all the 5 ammo reviewed I would chose these over the others. Their was no perceivable difference in performance or appearance between the three federal ammo except for the Blazer marking on the bottom of the independence rounds and they were cheaper than their Eagle counterpart as well I would say that these were a real bargain and great for the range.