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|Bullet Weight||147 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||9mm Luger (9x19)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1000|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||326|
As part of our ongoing self-defense ammo testing project, we used Clear Ballistics synthetic gelatin to evaluate the performance of Federal 147 Grain. Five rounds were fired from a Smith & Wesson M&P9C into the gel with a four-layer cloth barrier to simulate an attacker wearing heavy clothing.
The top image in the photo above shows the first round fired into the gel and the bottom photo displays all five rounds. Below on the left, you can see what the bullets look like after they were recovered from the gel. To the right of that, you’ll find a high-speed video of the first round fired into the gel. At the bottom of the page, we’ve got a chart with all the data from our Federal 147 Grain test along with a couple of charts that show how this load compared to other 9mm Luger (9x19) loads.
For test results from more than 150 other self-defense loads, check out the full article on Lucky Gunner Labs.
|9mm - 147 Grain HST JHP - Federal Premium Law Enforcement - 1000 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||14||14.1||14.7||14.9||18.5|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.59||0.6||0.61||0.61||0.62|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||146.7||147||147.1||147.1||147.2|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||954||969||969||978||993|
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Responding to Satchmoeddie's Incorrect Review
We've learned over the years from shootouts with LEO's and criminals that the performance of JHP's which penetrate the human body commonly imitate the results of firing into ballistic gelatin covered in denim. In fact, Federal even has a 9mm HST micro variant designed for 3" barrels, and their testing deemed that even heavier bullet was warranted. That variant is a 150 gr bullet. I think I'll go with the FBI and Federal's data over some guy shooting dead animals with random bullets.
Honestly, 147 grain is just too slow for good expansion in a 9x19mm Luger platform.
If you want the "Goldilocks" zone for 9mm Parabellum ammo for defensive of offensive purposes, 147 grain is NOT IT. 124-135 grain expands better and you will want +P ammo too. 147 Grain is for people who, and I mean no offense, can't shoot NATO type ammo or 124 grain +P. The heavier projectile takes away so much velocity that expansion in animal tissue is mediocre at best. IF you are target shooting, 147 grain makes a nicer shooting with faster follow-up shots, easier shooting gun, but why buy the HSTs in 147 grain? Without the good, expansion of the 124 grain, it has NO VALUE at all! Your wasting a JHP round by propelling it that slowly. I bought some 124 grain, 124 grain +P and 147 grain HST, and the 147 grain is absolutely, without question THE WORST HST ammo you can buy. The quality is all there it's just a monumentally stupid product to make a 147 grain HST projectile based upon how easily it shoots. Ballistics gel is not skin, muscle, bone or organ tissue. It's glorified jello. I'll shoot 124 grain HST and carry it, but not 147 grain. It was woefully disappointing. It's not bad from a G34, or a G17 or a Sig X5 or a Sig X6, but at or below a 4 inch barrel, it really suffers badly from the lower velocity. In .40 S&W I dropped from 180 to 165 grain and the damage to animal tissue was improved. This one purchase I very much regret.
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