Federal successfully launched its HammerDown line in 2020, and now the company is expanding that product line’s options to include the 45 Colt, 35 Remington, and 444 Marlin cartridges. According to the company, HammerDown is the industry’s only ammunition product line truly designed for optimal cycling and overall performance from the time-tested, lever-action rifle platform.
“Our goal for HammerDown was to deliver enhanced performance in any lever-action rifle. HammerDown provides the velocity and terminal performance required to be an effective and ethical hunting round for big game,” said Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Manager Eric Miller. “With the addition of the 45 Colt, 35 Remington, and 444 Marlin options to our lineup, that performance is now available to a broader audience of hunters and shooters.”
The velocities of all-new HammerDown offerings are customized to produce superior ballistics and terminal performance through lever-action barrel lengths. The construction of the molecularly bonded soft point bullets has also been adjusted for the best accuracy and expansion at those velocities. The geometry of each round’s case, bullet, and cartridge ensures flawless cycling through a tubular magazine and typical lever-action feeding systems. HammerDown is now offered in .45 Colt, 35 Remington, and 444 Marlin in addition to the original loadings of 30-30 Win., 357 Magnum, 327 Federal, and 44 Rem. Magnum.
“One of the enhanced design features found in all HammerDown ammo is that we chamfered the front face of the case rim on all the nickel-plated cases. This removes any sharp edges to increase reliability of feeding,” continued Miller. “This feature essentially improves cycling in all lever-action feeding systems, such as side-gate loading and tubular magazines.”