20rds – 9mm Federal Hydra-Shok Deep 135gr. JHP Ammo


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Federal Ammunition 135 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

Federal’s Hydra-Shok line of ammunition has long been lauded by self-defense experts for the reliable and devastating terminal performance that it delivers. Central to the Hydra-Shok’s efficacy is the center post in its bullet’s hollow cavity, which prevents the clogging of fabric which would have impacted its ability to perform. The Hydra-Shok Deep improves on that center post even further, making it more robust so that the bullet can pass through a variety of rugged media without compromising its ability to expand.

This 9mm cartridge’s 135 grain projectile also features a hard notched jacket which assures reliable feeding in a semi-automatic, facilitates penetration, and controls expansion. The Hydra-Shok Deep projectile reliably penetrates ballistic gel to a depth of 15 inches, a distance determined ideal by modern FBI protocol and which minimizes the risk of overpenetration. This cartridge further offers a brass casing, which is plated with nickel in order to make feeding and ejection smoother, as well as to make it more visible during chamber checks in darkened environments.

Gel test Results

As you hunt for the best self-defense 9mm Luger (9x19) 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 S&W M&P Shield. 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 9mm Luger (9x19) 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 20rds – 9mm Federal Hydra-Shok Deep 135gr. JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 9mm Federal Hydra-Shok Deep 135gr. JHP Ammo

How do the results for this Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) compare to other 9mm Hollow Point Ammo?

20rds – 9mm Federal Hydra-Shok Deep 135gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 18.6 19.2 20.1 20.2 20.6
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.54 0.54 0.54 0.54 0.56
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 135 135 135 135 135
Bullet Velocity (fps) 926 942 945 946 956

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