1000rds – 40 S&W Federal Premium Law Enforcement 165gr. HST JHP Ammo

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Federal Ammunition 165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This .40 S&W duty ammunition from Federal is an ideal choice for concealed carry or home defense with your favorite handgun or pistol-caliber carbine. The HST line of ammunition is constructed from the ground up with premium components which include reloadable brass casings and clean-igniting boxer primers which are all treated to a nickel coating; this is done to prevent corrosion in storage and decrease friction for smooth feeding alongside dependable ejection. Each case contains a precisely measured propellant charge that produces low muzzle flash enabling shooters to quickly reacquire their sight picture in low-light situations.


Crowning each cartridge is a jacketed hollow-point (JHP) projectile which weighs in at 165 grains for high velocity, relatively light recoil, and little drop out to applicable distances. The HST JHP design utilizes a deep cavity and pronounced jacket skiving in order to reliably achieve wide, petaled expansion during entry into the threat. A core-locking cannelure prevents the copper jacket from separating or fragmenting so that the entire bullet penetrates deeply enough into a target to reach vital zones and cause a positive drop.


Federal Premium has over 90 years of experience in manufacturing top tier ammunition to exacting specifications. Their Law Enforcement line is highly praised by industry professionals for its street-proven performance which is maintained by a stringent quality inspection process.


  • Ammo Caliber
    40 Smith & Wesson
  • Manufacturer SKU
    P40HST3
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    1130
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    50029465094473
  • Cost Per Round
    $0.80/ppr

Gel test Results

 

As you hunt for the best self-defense 40 Smith & Wesson 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&P40c. 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 40 Smith & Wesson 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 – 40 S&W Federal Premium Law Enforcement 165gr. HST JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 40 S&W Federal Premium Law Enforcement 165gr. HST JHP Ammo

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

1000rds – 40 S&W Federal Premium Law Enforcement 165gr. HST JHP Ammo Gel Test Results

  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 16.8 17.7 19.7 19.8 20.6
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.66 0.67 0.68 0.68 0.69
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 164.4 164.6 164.8 164.8 165
Bullet Velocity (fps) 1033 1035 1036 1037 1043

Federal Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson Ballistic Data

Federal Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
4
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0.150
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0.147
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 1130 1078 1035 999 967
Energy ft lbs 468 426 392 365 342
Bullet drop inch n/a 0 -1 -4 -9.1

Trajectory Line Graph Federal Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson

Velocity / Energy Comparisons

Ammo Muzzle Velocity Muzzle Energy
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#29
926 fps
#27
343 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#32
915 fps
#30
335 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Tula Ammo
#31
919 fps
#29
338 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Magtech
#23
944 fps
#21
356 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer
#25
938 fps
#22
352 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#15
1006.5 fps
#6
405 ft lbs
165 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#6
1044.5 fps
#7
400 ft lbs
165 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#11
1035 fps
#10
392 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Remington Ammunition
#18
964 fps
#15
371 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#21
946 fps
#20
358 ft lbs
180 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#28
931 fps
#25
347 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#20
954 fps
#18
364 ft lbs
165 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#17
972 fps
#26
346 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Fiocchi Ammunition
#13
1016 fps
#13
378 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#22
946 fps
#19
358 ft lbs
165 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#9
1040 fps
#9
396 ft lbs
155 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#10
1036 fps
#16
370 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#19
956 fps
#17
365 ft lbs
125 Grain Frangible Fiocchi Ammunition
#1
1265 fps
#3
444 ft lbs
165 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#24
941 fps
#32
324 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#12
1035 fps
#11
392 ft lbs
155 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#3
1146 fps
#2
452 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#8
1042 fps
#8
398 ft lbs
155 Grain Hollow Point Speer
#2
1200 fps
#1
496 ft lbs
155 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#7
1043 fps
#14
374 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#5
1067 fps
#5
418 ft lbs
180 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#27
937 fps
#23
351 ft lbs
180 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#26
937 fps
#24
351 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Prvi Partizan Ammunition
#30
920 fps
#28
339 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#33
903 fps
#31
326 ft lbs
180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#16
985 fps
#12
388 ft lbs
140 Grain Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP) Barnes Bullets
#14
1014 fps
#33
320 ft lbs
165 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#4
1089 fps
#4
435 ft lbs
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