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|Bullet Weight||180 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1010|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||408|
How does Federal 180 Grain compare to other .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) self-defense loads? We conducted some tests with Clear Ballistics synthetic gelatin to find out. Following the FBI’s test protocol, we fired five rounds into the gel with a barrier of heavy clothing. We used a Glock 27 because the short barrel is similar to the type of compact handguns that are most likely to be carried concealed. Images of the fired bullets suspended in the gelatin are in the graphic above.
We measured the penetration depth of each bullet and then recovered them from the gel to measure the expanded diameter. You can find all of that data in the chart at the bottom of this page. Photos of the recovered bullets are below on the left and a slow motion video of the first bullet fired into the gel is down on the right.
If you’d like to know more about our ballistic gelatin testing and see the results from over 150 other self-defense loads, check out the article on Lucky Gunner Labs.
|40 S&W - 180 gr HST JHP - Federal Premium Law Enforcement - 1000 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||17.3||17.7||18.4||19.4||19.7|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.71||0.72||0.72||0.73||0.74|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||179.3||179.7||179.7||180.4||180.4|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||949||952||960||976||982|
Happy to have in my supply
Review by Funguydave
Ordered 1000 rounds for my S&W M&P .40 cal. late on Tuesday night and it arrived on Friday. Shot 50 at the range today. Saving the rest for a day I hope never comes. No problems at all. Fired clean. Thought they might recoil more with 180 grains, but didn't notice it much more than my 165 grain target ammo. .40 cal kicks more than my 9mm anyway, so I'm used to it. Pleasantly surprised paying $.61/round given the same ammo in 9mm is $.75/round. Usually the other way around. Also, happy such a lethal defense ammo is available. It said right on the box, "for police use only". It will be loaded in my gun and stored in the safe, ready to protect my family should any poor SOB try to try to get in. Thanks Lucky Gunner.
(Posted on 8/21/2016)
1 of 4
Best Self Defense / SHTF ammo to have. Hard to find!
Review by SittinElf
Federal's HST rounds are universally considered the ultimate Pistol Self Defense / LE rounds available. Better stopping power than their Hydra-Shock rounds...and "may" penetrate armor and vests.
Bought the 1000 bulk load to store and have available for the worst scenarios, including hurricanes, unrest, or serious SHTF that may come at any time. Great for concealed carry weapon as well. (G-27, Browning Pro-40)
Just wish Lucky's had the 9mm HST as well. (soon??)
Great price, great shipping, GREAT company!!
(Posted on 7/29/2015)
2 of 4
Service is outstanding.
Review by Bull Dog
Quality ammo at reasonable prices.
I have purchased 4,000 rounds for semi auto pistols 9mm .357 Sig and ,40 cal. no problems whites ever.
Just purchased 1,000 rounds of Win .308. used for target and hunting hogs
(Posted on 6/30/2015)
3 of 4
Accurit great expasion
Review by Chief
A great street carry ammo
(Posted on 12/26/2013)
4 of 4
Posted On: 6/29/2020 By: James
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