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|Bullet Weight||185 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Use Type||Self Defense|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.45 ACP (Auto)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1130|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||524|
|Cost Per Round||76.5¢ per round|
For the past few decades, gelatin testing has been one of the primary tools used by ballistics experts to attempt to predict the real world performance of self-defense ammunition. Following the protocol first established by the FBI, we fired five rounds of Federal 185 Grain into Clear Ballistics synthetic gelatin. Each round was fired from a Kahr CW45 pistol from 10 feet away with a four-layer barrier of heavy fabric placed in front of the gelatin to simulate an attacker wearing thick clothing.
The data we gathered for penetration depth, expanded diameter, and bullet velocity is all in the chart below. The diagrams at the bottom of the page should give you an idea of how this load compares to other .45 ACP (Auto) loads. Photos of the expanded bullets that were retrieved from the gel are in the slide show below on the left. On the right is a slow motion video that shows the first of the five bullets entering the gelatin block at approximately 1/300th the speed of real time.
Find out more about ballistic gel testing along the results of our gel tests from more than 150 other self-defense loads on Lucky Gunner Labs.
|45 ACP - +P - 185 gr Hydra Shok JHP - Federal Premium - 1000 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||13.2||13.3||17.8||22.9||26.9|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.45||0.45||0.67||0.68||0.71|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||184||184||184||184.1||184.5|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||952||996||1010||1024||1026|
some bad loads
Review by scott in michigan. (Posted on 11/30/13)
When my rounds showed up I was excited and then I opened it and around 22 rounds were pressed way way way too far into the case making them around a quarter inch shorter thrn a standard .45 acp round. I did message luckygunner right away and they were very fast at responding and remedying the problem. Thanks Lucky Gunner
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Excellent for personal defense. A little expensive for target practice.
Review by BAD. (Posted on 3/29/13)
Accurate to 30 yards. Consistent performance. The nickel plated cases are a great idea to prevent corrosion in the magazine or chamber.
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