Give the Gift of Ammo: Shotgun Edition

When shopping for the shotgunner in your life, nothing says happy holidays quite like a box of ammo; but with plenty of loads available it’s a bit overwhelming narrowing down the best options. Don’t worry, though, has you covered with some of our top picks for shotgun ammo.

1. Federal Black Cloud TSS

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Federal’s Black Cloud TSS opts for a Tungsten Super Shot, hence the TSS moniker.

Federal Black Cloud TSS is generating quite the buzz among shotgun shooters for its Tungsten Super Shot flavor of the popular Black Cloud variant. Loaded with 60-percent TSS and 40-percent FliteStopper Steel, Black Cloud TSS makes use of FliteControl Flex wad for efficient patterns beyond 50-yards.

Grab a box of Black Cloud TSS for around $30.

2. Winchester Super X

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Winchester Super X has been in production since the early 1990s.


Churning out Super X since 1922, Winchester has infused quality and performance into its shotgun ammo line. Available in a variety of gauges to include 10-, 12-, 16, 20- and 28-gauge as well as .410, Super X introduces variants into the lineup to account for deer and bird hunters.

Priced around $10 per box, Winchester Super X is a great stocking stuffer that won’t break the bank.

3. Hornady Critical Defense – 12-gauge

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Critical Defense has been a preferred ammo for many home defender.


Hornady Critical Defense is renowned in the home defense sector for its reliability and consistency and the company brings those features to its 12-gauge buckshot model. Critical Defense uses eight pellets in a 2.75-inch shell, producing a velocity of 1,600 feet-per-second. Hornady’s Critical Defense is an easy gift for home defense gurus with a shotgun propped by the bed.

Hornady Critical Defense retails around $10.

4. Remington Slugger

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Remington’s Slugger is perfect for the deer hunter.


Remington’s Slugger Rifled Slugs deliver a power packing load capable of tackling Whitetail Deer. Available in 12-, 16- and 20-gauge as well as .410 bore, Slugger offers a velocity of 1,760 feet-per-second with flatter shooting. According to Remington, the 12-gauge has been redesigned to provide better accuracy while in the field – a plus for serious hunters.

Remington’s Slugger starts at $5 for five rounds.

5. Aguila Competition

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Aguila brings competitive ammo to the table with its Competition series loads.


For the gun owner diving into the competitive circuit, Aguila Competition brings a design uniquely tailored for the course of fire. With product lines offered for skeet, trap, and clays, Aguila delivers No. 7 ½, 8 and 9 shot in both standard and high-velocity 12-gauge loads.

Aguila Competition is priced around $7 for a box of 25.

Of course, you need a gun to go with that ammo so make sure to shop’s inventory of new and used shotguns.

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