20rds – 40 S&W Federal Personal Defense 180gr. HST Ammo


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Federal Ammunition 180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This 40 S&W cartridge by Federal was only available to law enforcement professionals when it was first introduced, so you know it has to pack a punch. It does so thanks to its 180 grain HST projectile, a jacketed hollow point laden with features that make it the one to count on when it’s your pistol that’s going to determine whether you’re going home in one piece.

The HST features a cannelure that mechanically binds its jacket to its shank, enabling it to penetrate a variety of common urban barriers and then deeply within its target without resulting in any significant weight loss. This bullet’s hollow point is designed to keep from clogging up before it can cause wide expansion, making its terminal effect both reliable and devastating. It’s no wonder why the HST consistently dominates at the FBI test protocol!

This round’s nose profile and smooth nickel plated brass casing both promote optimal feeding in a semi-automatic pistol, and its casing is corrosion resistant to boot.
  • Manufacturer
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  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
  • Ammo Caliber
    40 Smith & Wesson
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  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Muzzle Energy
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Gel test Results

We tested this Federal Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W M&P40c with a -inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 15.4-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.72-inches, retaining 100% of the projectile's original weight.

On this page, you'll see video of our tests including photographs that detail the ammunition before/after firing it through a four-layer barrier into gelatin. Also, you'll see how this Federal Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 40 Smith & Wesson.

To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 40 S&W Federal Personal Defense 180gr. HST Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 40 S&W Federal Personal Defense 180gr. HST Ammo

How do the results for this Federal Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson compare to other Hollow Point?

20rds – 40 S&W Federal Personal Defense 180gr. HST Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 13.3 13.7 16.1 16.6 17.3
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.69 0.71 0.72 0.74 0.74
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 179.4 179.5 179.7 179.9 180
Bullet Velocity (fps) 932 934 942 943 948

The Reviews

Whe Shooters and Hunters love or hate 20rds – 40 S&W Federal Personal Defense 180gr. HST Ammo

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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Damage

    These factory JHP don't seem to do as much damage as the masses would have you believe. And yes they will pass through the body. 17" Especially the area under the rotatator cuff. They merely put on the breaks. An fmj would have pushed a few more inches albeit in a straight line. Given a hollowpoint that renders to multiple elements of sharpenel in about 3 inches and you've got home defensive ammo that will mutilate possibly for life any intruder.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by elf1

    Federal HST's are the best performing, most consistent bullet configuration for penetration and expansion for any caliber, even out of short barrels.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Mike

    The HST 180gr is arguably one of the best Personal Defense rounds on the market in my opinion. I get that placement is more important than caliber/round/etc., however I want the best round when it counts and the HST is right there competing for that title. I trust this bullet in .40S&W and love the way it feels when firing.

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