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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)||900|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||414|
In order to find out how different self-defense handgun loads perform, we decided to do some ballistics gelatin testing of our own. The chart below is a compilation of expansion and penetration data for Federal 230 gr Hydra Shok fired from 10 feet, through four layers of fabric (to simulate clothing), using a Kahr CW45 pistol.
The photo slider provides a close-up view of the bullets we recovered from the gelatin, and the video shows this load entering the gel in extreme slow motion.
The diagrams at the bottom of the page can give you an idea of how this load compares to other .45 ACP (Auto) self-defense loads that we tested.
We did a lot more of this ballistic gelatin testing, including over 100 different loads in a variety of calibers, so check out Lucky Gunner Labs for all the details.
|45 ACP - 230 Grain Hydra Shok JHP - Federal Premium - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||21.3||21.3||22.1||23.2||23.2|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.45||0.45||0.45||0.45||0.45|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||230.4||230.8||230.8||230.9||231.1|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||776||785||790||805||816|
Review by USAF Vet
I have been carrying Hydra Shok for years now in my 1911s after doing some of my own testing with it and other hollow point and barrier blind rounds. But this stuff will punch through. It is very accurate and reliable. I can hit a milk jug at 75 yards with it.
(Posted on 4/27/2019)
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I count on this ammo
Review by tcttcf
All my weapons are loaded with Hydra-Shok, a proven round when it counts.
(Posted on 7/26/2016)
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Fed 45 Hydra-Shok 230gr PD
Review by Andrew
My EDC PD ammo. Not really put enough through to have a negative experience. What I have as run very smooth. Thanks LG.
(Posted on 2/3/2016)
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Review by JB
This Federal loading has been well proven for some time in the hands of law enforcement nation wide at all levels. While there may be some other equal loads with the newest technology in HST, Gold Dot, Defense and Duty, Golden Sabre, and plus P, this load is demonstrably still in the leading group and probably has the most proven history. Sticking with what works for reputation, reliability, and value for my Commander.
(Posted on 11/1/2015)
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