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|Bullet Weight||147 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||9mm Luger (9x19)|
Ballistic gelatin testing is one way to get an idea of how a self-defense load might perform in a real world self-defense situation. So we fired five rounds of Federal 147 gr Hydra Shok from a Smith & Wesson M&P9C from a distance of 10 feet into a block of synthetic ballistic gel with a barrier of four layers of fabric simulating heavy clothing. We then gathered information on the expansion and penetration characteristics of this load. That data is represented in the chart below.
How this load compares to other 9mm Luger (9x19) loads from our tests in regards to bullet expansion and penetration can be found in the diagrams at the bottom of the page.
We also took photos of each bullet that was recovered from the gelatin, seen in the photo slider below. The high speed video shows this round impacting the ballistic gelatin at 10,000 frames per second.
Want to know more about our ballistic gelatin test, including more photos, videos, and data? Check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the full story.
|9mm - 147 gr Hydra-Shok JHP - Federal Premium - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||16||16.6||17.6||17.8||20.6|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.35||0.35||0.35||0.35||0.48|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||146.6||146.6||147||147||147.2|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||948||955||960||960||986|
Review by MrTech
Concistent, Reliable, Gets the job done.
(Posted on 3/30/2020)
1 of 10
Will buy from here again.
Review by Tyler
Great prices and fast shipping. Product as advertised. What more can you ask for?
(Posted on 10/25/2019)
2 of 10
Review by Tuck
It is definitely about average and is dependable for self defense!
(Posted on 12/25/2018)
3 of 10
An older style bullet
Review by Brad G
This older style bullet just hasn't faded away from the self defense scene. I'm seeing a disproportionate amount of Hydra Shock vs the newer HST loading. Over on YouTube tnoutdoors9 vouches for the Hydra Shock and goes on to say it is an excellent load. The price is high which tells me there is a lot of established technology behind this loading.
(Posted on 4/9/2018)
4 of 10
Review by Tex1911
There seems to be better rounds out there today
(Posted on 3/15/2017)
5 of 10
Review by Bob
I am very disappointed in this ammo. It appears it does not expand even when shot into gallon water jugs. Just sad. The hydra shok bullet design is just terrible.the lead post leads to even less expansion. Sad how they can market this for self defense
(Posted on 1/6/2017)
6 of 10
great jhp ammo
Review by Ryan
I love this ammo. It has 147gr in it and when you shoot you wouldnt even think that much is in ther. Its very smooth never had a jam and is just a great bullet overall. Thanks Luckygunner and the shipping was fantastic.
(Posted on 8/23/2013)
7 of 10
I've shot hundreds of these
Review by Patrick
We've shot hundreds of these out of our guns. Expensive, but this is what we carry. Other rounds work good (Hornady, etc.), but this is the one we use. That decision is/was largely arbitrary. Other brands will probably be just as good. Pick one and go with it.
I've rarely seen jacket separation - not that separation is a bad thing, but it is evidence of a tight manufacturing process. They shoot consistent and feed reliably in firearms ranging from mouse guns to duty-sized pistols. Multiple makes of gun and some more than a few years old.
I won't go into mythical stopping power or all that junk. I will say these "low recoil" rounds are snappy but not so much that they will pull our shots off. I am confident we can shoot these accurately and quickly.
Hopefully the gun control craze of 2012/3 ends soon and prices go down.
(Posted on 1/9/2013)
8 of 10
Best 9mm Ammo You Can Get!
Review by Alohacop
I am a federally certified, law enforcement trainer. Ballistically this ammo exceeds all FBI requirements for handgun ammo -- and is what I carry on-duty and off.
(Posted on 10/29/2012)
9 of 10
Great stopping power and accuracy
Review by RobertB
These work great in my Springfield XD guns. I have them loaded as personal protection shells.
(Posted on 2/22/2011)
10 of 10
Posted On: 11/15/2018 By: MARK MCINTYRE
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