Federal Cartridge Co. provided several new hunting and target loads for our test. We shot new Grand target loads, which contain a SoftCell cushion wad that softens recoil and helps cushion shot for tighter patterns. And we shot the new High Bird line of field loads, which uses the same technology, including new 1-ounce, 28-gauge loads. We definitely felt the thump while shooting the latter out of a light smallbore, but we thumped targets hard with them, too. —P.B.