1000rds – 45 ACP Federal Premium Hydra-Shok 230gr. JHP Ammo

Federal Ammunition 230 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

Hydra-Shok from Federal not just a fancy name for movies and television, but one of the better options that a shooter can choose for self-defense with a handgun. These .45 ACP rounds are made with premium quality components including non-corrosive Boxer primers fitted into reloadable brass casings; both the primer and casing are nickle-plated for corrosion resistance and improved, low-friction cycling. Each brass casing has a light center crimp which prevents the jacketed hollow-point (JHP) projectile from moving rearwards due to recoil or repeat chambering; this event is called "setback" and can mar accuracy, cause a dud-fire, and lead to explosive catastrophic failure at worst. In addition, Federal laces their propellant mixture with flash suppressant for more effective shooting in low-light situations.

The Hydra-Shok JHP design consists of a swaged lead core with tall plunger, a firm copper jacket with a cannelure at its crimp point, and precise skiving surrounding the wide cavity mouth. The combination of features is intended to bypass intermediate barriers like clothing and drywall without clogging so that one can expect reliable expansion upon impact. The cannelure preserves accurate grouping while also preventing the copper jacket from separating from the lead core during entry; this results in a bullet that penetrates deep into a threat while mushrooming and delivering maximum energy to the most vital areas. Buying in bulk with this 1,000 round case allows a shooter plenty of break-in practice as well as leftover ammunition for periodic rotation.

  • Manufacturer
  • Condition
  • Bullet Weight
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
  • Ammo Caliber
    45 ACP (Auto)
  • Manufacturer SKU
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
  • Cost Per Round

Gel test Results

As you hunt for the best self-defense 45 ACP (Auto) ammo, we thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some testing we recently conducted with calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin.

We shot five of these Federal Ammunition rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a Ruger SR45. The results are detailed in the video you see above as well as the photographs. Through the charts, you should get a great idea how this Federal Ammunition ammo stacked up relative to other 45 ACP (Auto) ammo products available to American shooters.

To get a better sense of our tests, be sure to check out all the protocols we followed when conducting our tests to determine the best self-defense ammo.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 45 ACP Federal Premium Hydra-Shok 230gr. JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 45 ACP Federal Premium Hydra-Shok 230gr. JHP Ammo

How do the results for this Federal Ammunition 45 ACP (Auto) compare to other Hollow Point?

1000rds – 45 ACP Federal Premium Hydra-Shok 230gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 18.3 19.4 20.7 20.8 20.8
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.45 0.45 0.48 0.51 0.58
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 227.9 229.8 230.2 230.2 230.2
Bullet Velocity (fps) 795 816 816 831 854

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