1000rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE 125gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo

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Federal Ammunition 125 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

Want to load up your trusty J-frame for a reasonable price? Federal has got you covered with this law enforcement grade 38 Special +P ammunition. This round’s Hi-Shok bullet performs really closely to the much acclaimed Hydra-Shok, and has a notched jacket that promotes fuller expansion during penetration. This is a lighter projectile for its caliber, which not only contributes to its formidable muzzle velocity but reduces its recoil somewhat as well.

This round’s brass casing is nickel plated. That makes it easier to slip in and out of the cylinder, and provides protection from the corrosion that could put a concealed weapon’s ammo at risk. Federal was wise to put good components on a round that a cop would use. That’s the kind of spirit one should expect from an industry leader. You can trust the Minnesotan company’s primers and propellants when you’re in a jam.

Please note that this is +P ammunition.
  • Ammo Caliber
    38 Special
  • Pressure
    +P
  • Manufacturer SKU
    38E
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    950
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    50029465084078
  • Cost Per Round
    $0.52/ppr

Gel test Results

 

We tested this Federal Ammunition 38 Special ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W 640 with a 2.125-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 15.82-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.35-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 38 Special ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 38 Special.

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

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE 125gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE 125gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo

How do the results for this Federal Ammunition 38 Special compare to other 38 SPECIAL?

1000rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE 125gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo Gel Test Results

  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 13.5 14 14.5 17.8 19.3
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 124.4 124.5 124.5 124.5 124.5
Bullet Velocity (fps) 829 841 843 846 848

Federal Ammunition 38 Special Ballistic Data

Federal Ammunition 38 Special Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
4
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 950 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Energy ft lbs 250 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Bullet drop inch n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Velocity / Energy Comparisons

Ammo Muzzle Velocity Muzzle Energy
148 Grain Lead Wadcutter Fiocchi Ammunition
#25
648 fps
#24
138 ft lbs
130 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#12
852 fps
#14
209 ft lbs
130 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Tula Ammo
#7
890 fps
#7
229 ft lbs
130 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Remington Ammunition
#17
787 fps
#22
179 ft lbs
130 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Fiocchi Ammunition
#6
899 fps
#6
233 ft lbs
158 Grain Lead Round Nose (LRN) Federal Ammunition
#20
745 fps
#17
195 ft lbs
148 Grain Lead Wadcutter Remington Ammunition
#23
710 fps
#25
110 ft lbs
130 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#13
844 fps
#15
206 ft lbs
158 Grain Lead Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point(LSWCHP) Federal Ammunition
#10
866 fps
#2
263 ft lbs
148 Grain Lead Wadcutter Winchester Ammunition
#24
690.5 fps
#23
157 ft lbs
130 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#16
791 fps
#21
181 ft lbs
125 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Blazer
#8
888 fps
#11
219 ft lbs
158 Grain Lead Round Nose (LRN) Blazer
#21
729 fps
#19
186 ft lbs
158 Grain Lead Round Nose (LRN) Magtech
#22
723 fps
#20
183 ft lbs
158 Grain Lead Round Nose (LRN) Federal Ammunition
#19
745 fps
#18
195 ft lbs
158 Grain #1 Shot Black Hills Ammunition
#15
800 fps
#10
225 ft lbs
158 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#14
802 fps
#9
226 ft lbs
125 Grain Semi-Jacketed Hollow-Point (SJHP) Remington Ammunition
#4
921 fps
#5
235 ft lbs
125 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Black Hills Ammunition
#1
1050 fps
#1
306 ft lbs
158 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#11
861 fps
#3
260 ft lbs
132 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#9
879 fps
#8
226 ft lbs
158 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#18
775 fps
#13
211 ft lbs
110 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#5
911 fps
#16
203 ft lbs
90 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#2
1032 fps
#12
213 ft lbs
125 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#3
950 fps
#4
250 ft lbs
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