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|Bullet Weight||230 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.45 ACP (Auto)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||890|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||404|
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Federal HST in .45ACP has become my go-to round. It feeds in all of my 1911's. Expansion is outstanding and consistent. You will pay the same for 20 rounds of other comparable loads, great value in the 50 round packaging.
My new carry ammo!
I have bounced between the Hydra-Shok, the Hornady Critical Defense, and Critical Duty before finding this cartridge. It doesnt expand as reliably as the Hornady when fired through oddball obstructions like heavy automotive glass, and car tires but when it does expand BOY DOES IT EXPAND! It averages about 1in in diameter when fired into ballistics gel from a Sig 1911 Tacops. This has been a very reliable cartridge. Sealed case and primer, reliable and consistent velocity, penetration depth, and uniformed expansion. I have no problem reccommending this cartridge to someone for personal self defense!
Ideal Defensive Round for Vintage 1911s
My Colt 1911 Centennial (with both factory and Wilson Combat mags) likes SAAMI loads and hates +Ps (eliminating many great defensive .45 ACP cartridges) and even low-pressure JHPs could be iffy. What a delight to find that Federal Premium HSTs push both the velocity and energy levels of a 230 gr bullet to very effective defensive levels and expands to awesome proportions, all for a very affordable price--when you can find them. I look to Lucky Gunner regularly for range rounds, but it's great to see hard-to-get defensive cartridges like these available from them when the big-box retailers run dry. I'll certainly be back for more.
Just reviewed the little brother of this stuff, Federal's P9HST1 in 9mm. Both the 9mm and the 45 ACP feed perfectly in all of my Kimbers. I have replaced all of my personal defense ammunition with these. Great service from Lucky Gunner as well.
Best HD ammo I've tested so far
When I got my HK45 I decided to start my trials out with a couple boxes of the Fed HST Premium LEs and Speer Gold Dot LEs. I went out a couple times to put a box of each down range and the HSTs won by a decent margin.
I was impressed with both rounds, but my groups were consistently tighter with the Fed HSTs. Neither of the rounds had any FTFs or FTEs, so I decided to order more of the Fed HSTs, but will continue testing out different HD rounds to see if anything can top them.
Good Purchase, 45 Federal HST
These were selling at a great price. I use the Federal HST in 45, 40 and 9mm. All of them have performed well with no malfunctions. These can be a little hard to find unless you are paying too much for them so the price was right and I bought. Will buy more in the future is the price is right.
Great in Glock 21
I've run these thru a glock 21 Gen 3, and they work great. The recoil is soft, but man do they ever hit hard, and fly straight. I like em for carry. I think HST's are about the best JHP you can use in any caliber they make em for. Too bad federal doesn't have a .357magnum version...
Best ammo for a 1911
Great price from Lucky Gunner. Box of 50! , not 20 rounds.
If you have a 1911 45 ACP pistol this is your best bet.
For a defensive JHP round, in a 1911, stick with 230 grain and not +P
Pretty much guaranteed to function in your 1911 pistol 100% of the time.
For a Glock 45 ACP (21/30/30S/36) I have found this Federal ammo and Hornady (185, 200 and 230 gr)
45 ACP+P to function 100% of the time
if you need to use it, this is the one
discovered these a few years back, shot some into soft snow to check expansion, I used a SIG GSR target II and a Smith model 625JM. The only thing I can say is WOW. all five were perfect picture expansion. all pedals were uniform and expanded about twice the diameter. I wish I could get ahold of the bullets to reload. Thanks lucky gunner for the great price on some devastating ammo :)
You're reviewing: 45 ACP - 230 gr HST JHP - Federal Premium Law Enforcement - 50 Rounds
Posted On: 12/16/2019 By: Malcolm L Brown
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