First Impressions: Federal's HammerDown Lever-Gun Ammo in .45 Colt

The Year of the Lever Gun keeps getting better with Federal's new lever-gun-specific ammunition.

posted on June 8, 2024
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With so many new lever-action carbines and rifles, the year 2024 is definitely the Year of the Lever Gun. But what about the ammo? Four years ago, Federal Ammunition presciently introduced its HammerDown line, which is ammunition specifically designed for optimal cycling and overall performance in the lever-action rifle platform. The latest addition to the HammerDown lineup, .45 Colt, 250-Gr., load is now available to lever-gun lovers everywhere.

The velocities of HammerDown 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 tubular magazine and typical lever-action feeding systems.

“We are thrilled to add the 45 Colt, designed for lever-action rifles, to our HammerDown lineup. This is another popular straight-wall cartridge that hunters and shooters are actively seeking out,” said Federal Ammunition Handgun Product Manager Chris Laack. “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 the reliability of feeding. All the benefits HammerDown delivers will greatly enhance your shooting experience.” HammerDown is now offered in 45-70 Govt., 444 Marlin, 30-30 Win., 357 Magnum, 327 Federal and 44 Rem. Magnum, and .45 Colt. For more information, visit


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