3rd Degree™

Federal Premium® 3rd Degree™ changes what hunters should demand from a turkey load. Not just a tight-pattern that looks good on paper—a deadlier, more forgiving load for real hunters who need to kill gobblers at any range.

As turkey loads have been engineered to pattern more tightly and reach farther, they have also become less forgiving at close range, leading to missed birds. 3rd Degree™ uses a multi-shot, three-stage payload and the exclusive FLITECONTROL® wad to deliver forgiving, lethal patterns whether a gobbler is standing 10 yards out—or 50-plus. It's the most versatile turkey load we've ever produced.

Black Cloud FS Steel

3rd Degree™

A payload made up of 20 percent No. 6 FLITESTOPPER® pellets, 40 percent copper-plated No. 5 lead and 40 percent HEAVYWEIGHT®, combined with the FLITECONTROL® produces forgiving, deadly patterns throughout the range spectrum.

THE SCIENCE OF 3RD DEGREE™

Black Cloud FS Steel

40 percent No. 7 HEAVYWEIGHT®: Groups tightly at the pattern's center for long-range lethality

40 percent No. 5 Premium® lead: Creates a dense, deadly pattern at midrange

20 percent No. 6 FLITESTOPPER® lead: Spreads quickly to create a forgiving close-range pattern

The FLITECONTROL® wad opens from the rear for a perfectly timed release from the payload.

CLOSE-RANGE FORGIVENESS

Black Cloud FS Steel

3RD DEGREE™
PTD157 567

Black Cloud FS Steel

CONVENTIONAL LEAD TURKEY
LOAD, 1 3/4-OUNCE NO. 5 SHOT


The FLITESTOPPER® lead portion of the 3rd Degree™ payload spreads quickly, creating patterns that testing has shown to average 60 percent larger than standard lead turkey loads at 10 yards. Targets shot with a 24-inch barrel and extra-full turkey choke.

Average Pellet Count

SHOT TYPE

SHOT SIZE

1-3/4
(49.61)

2
56.71

3RD DEGREE

5-6-7

339

402

LEAD

5

297

340

Weight of Shot in Ounces (Grams)

LONG-RANGE PERFORMANCE

Black Cloud FS Steel

The No 7 HEAVYWEIGHT® and Premium® lead portions of the 3rd Degree™ payload, create dense, high-energy patterns at long range. At 50 yards 3rd Degree puts 69 percent more pellets in a 10-inch circle than standard lead turkey loads (based on five-shot average of patterning targets shot with PTD157 567 through a 24-inch barrel and extra-full turkey choke).