Adopting FBI standards, Federal engineered Hydra-Shok Deep to effectively penetrate 15-inches into bare ballistics gel. Why is depth penetration important? Your bullet must enter far enough into the perpetrator’s vitals that it does its objective, but not so far as to pass through and potentially injure an innocent bystander. Any personal-defense load has to be controllable, otherwise it is useless and Federal has spent years perfecting their Hydra-Shok Deep line of ammunition for maximum reliability, penetration and user safety.
Now, if you are shooting a handgun for personal-defense, such as I am, you should shoot it often. Recharge it with fresh ammo regularly, perhaps quarterly throughout the year. In a given week, I will burn through upwards of 200 rounds, so this isn’t as much of a concern for me. I know how my firearm and ammunition pair together, their capabilities, and mine with them, as should you with yours.
Federal Premium Personal-Defense Hydra-Shok Deep is robust, highly effective and was built on Federal’s time-tested platform but with improved design and performance.
- Caliber: 40 S&W
- Bullet Weight (grains): 165
- Bullet Style: Hydra-Shok Deep Hollow Point
- Muzzle Velocity: 1050
- Ballistic Coefficient: 0.15
- Package Quantity: 20
- Use: Personal-Defense
- Features: Iconic center post design has been improved for better, more consistent expansion
- MSRP: $31.95
The bullet is an all-new design that achieves better performance than the original Hydra-Shok that, initially, was birthed out of necessity when the FBI requested a bullet that would outperform anything else on the market. Fast-forward 30 years and Federal breathed new life into the Hydra-Shok line of personal-defense ammunition. The cases themselves are nickel-plated which is optimal for efficient fast cycling because they feature less friction than their brass counterparts. Moreover, the nickel-plating makes them corrosion resistant and for all-day personal carry, that is definitely a highpoint. I live in humid conditions and generally carry in the small of my back. My own sweat plus the available moisture in the air has the potential to wreak havoc on my ammunition and firearm if necessary precautions aren’t taken. The corrosion resistance you get from the Hydra-Shok makes moisture much less of an issue.
The hollow point projectile has six flesh eating pockets that are formed by the “V” shaped skives in the nose around the center post design. This enables rapid, massive expansion as it penetrates and collects fluids and matter. Instantly, the bullet begins to expand upon entry and delivers a tremendous amount of energy for the first 7 to 8 inches. Following the first stages of entry, the bullet stays, after maximum expansion, uniform as the center post guides it and cuts a straight channel for another 7 inches or so reaching that combined 15 inches of overall travel.
An immense amount of research and development went into what is now the finished product of Hydra-Shok Deep and is an excellent choice for personal-defense. Reliably, Hydra-Shok Deep will inflict maximum damage and reach vital organs without faltering. Hydra-Shok Deep is available in 9mm and the all-new .40 S&W and the .45 Auto. I suggest y’all pick up a few boxes and test them extensively at the range. I’m positive that y’alls findings and experiences will be as rewarding and positive as mine.
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