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|Bullet Weight||135 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||9mm Luger (9x19)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1060|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||337|
We wanted to know exactly what happens to a self-defense handgun bullet on impact, so following FBI protocols, we fired five rounds of Federal 135 gr Hydra Shok from 10 feet, through four layers of cloth (to simulate clothing), into synthetic ballistic gelatin. The photos below show the bullets recovered from the gelatin after being fired from a Smith & Wesson M&P9C pistol. There’s also a high speed video that shows the bullet impacting the gelatin block.
All the data we gathered pertaining to expansion and penetration of this load can be found in the chart below, and the diagrams at the bottom of the page show how it compares to other 9mm Luger (9x19) self-defense loads from our tests.
In addition to the 9mm Luger (9x19) Federal 135 gr Hydra Shok, we tested over 100 other self-defense loads, so check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the full story.
|9mm - 135 gr Hydra-Shok JHP - Federal Premium - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||15.5||17.4||18.8||18.9||19.7|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.35||0.4||0.5||0.5||0.51|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||135||135.3||135.6||135.6||135.7|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1055||1056||1058||1062||1139|
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Accurate - works well
I’ve used these in 3 different guns at the range to test reliability and accuracy and they were flawless. The other day due to some interesting circumstances I ended up taking a turkey at 20 yards using this in a Sig P938. I know, not ideal, but shot placement was dead on and the turkey’s in the freezer. Expansion was Somewhere around the size of a quarter best I can tell. I feel confident carrying this as a defensive round and have never had a feed issue.
Indeed this ammunition is low in recoil ;Accurate in the Browning Hi-Power
I purchased the 135gr round primarily to ensure reliable cycling from my Browning Hi-Power since I only use standard velocity ammunition , and it works great . It's accurate & it's low in recoil as advertised . I have to agree with the other fellow reviewing this round , it is essentially a fmj in its performance . So , I guess I'll just aim for the head.....it's plenty accurate !
Not sure why Alex has such a beef against these loads (water jugs aren't an analog for flesh and bone. perhaps that was the problem). They expand just fine when fired into ballistic gel. Penetrated just under 13 inches. The core remained intact, but fell apart when touched. Used it in my G17 which is a little picky under 1100 fps. It is a little pricey, but I only keep two mags of this stuff (just enough to get me to a real gun.)
It isnt what it claims to be
This ammo is extremely accurate and low recoil which WOULD be a good thing if it actually expanded at all. 5 shots from a glock 26 shot into water jugs showed than only 1 bullet expanded in the water. if thats the case then imagine how terrible it would do against a person trying to attack you wearing thick clothes. even 115gr fmj is more effective than this crap. add the fact that its so pricey per round and you have a complete ripoff and a lie. when you have a bullet of this construction you NEED more velocity to make it expand reliably apparently... scary that someone would depend on this to save their life
You're reviewing: 9mm - 135 gr Hydra-Shok JHP - Federal Premium - 20 Rounds
Posted On: 3/24/2021 By: Samuel Harris
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