As a result, the original Hydra-Shok just wasn’t meeting expectations anymore so Jared says they stopped, re-evaluated and got to work on an updated offering. Hydra-Shok Deep is now much more consistent as a self-defense load over a broad range of mediums to make sure the bullet cavity doesn’t clog, it expands reliably on target and hits the mark of 14-16 inches of penetration that the FBI calls for. Jared says that when it comes to penetration, 14-16 inches is the optimum depth based on testing where your bullet can fully expand, dump all of its energy and stop. In self-defense situations, Jared says that users aren’t just concerned with stopping the threat in front of them but also take into consideration where the projectile will go after it exits. High quality self-defense loads like the Hydra-Shok Deep are designed with that in mind. When it comes to the stats, Jared notes the bullet weights fall outside of what is traditionally accepted, however they decided to allow the bullet construction to determine what the final bullet weight would be and that allowed them to put performance first.
If you are a fan of the 10mm, then you’re in luck because Federal is adding the 10mm to their HST family for 2019. Jared says that the 200 grain HST in 10mm achieves 1130 fps and is specifically designed with a hollow point cavity that reliably hits the 14-16-inch penetration mark and nearly doubles in diameter on expansion. The 10mm has seen a rise in popularity in recent years and Jared says that it’s absolutely here to stay. Originally, the 10mm’s popularity suffered as the CZ Bren 10 didn’t hold up to the recoil cycle and the FBI decided that there was too much recoil for a lot of people. However, technology has come a long way since it debuted, better alloys and metals plus more compensation being used in factory firearms today is spurring a lot more interest in 10mm loads.
Listen in as Jared Hinton of Federal Premium Ammunition throws new products your way and gives you something to chew on as you look at self-defense loads this year.
What self-defense load has your back?