20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 110gr. HP Ammo

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Federal Ammunition 110 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This is .38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok PD 110gr. Hollow Point Ammo. This ammo contains a post in the middle of the hollow point to give it rapid expansion and deep pentration. This ammo is also very suitable for short barreled weapons and women, because it is a reduced recoil round. This ammo has proven stopping power. This ammo comes packed in 20rd. plastic boxes.

  • Ammo Caliber
    38 Special
  • Manufacturer SKU
    PD38HS3 H
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    980
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    029465092030
  • Cost Per Round
    $1.00/ppr

Gel test Results

 

As you hunt for the best self-defense 38 Special 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 640. 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 38 Special 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 - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 110gr. HP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 110gr. HP Ammo

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

20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 110gr. HP Ammo Gel Test Results

  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 13.8 14 14.2 14.7 15.9
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.46 0.49 0.5 0.54 0.58
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 110 110 110 110 110
Bullet Velocity (fps) 891 891 954 963 980

Federal Ammunition 38 Special Ballistic Data

Federal Ammunition 38 Special Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
4
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0.123
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0.123
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 980 943 911 882 855
Energy ft lbs 235 217 203 190 179
Bullet drop inch n/a 0 -1.5 -5.7 -12.6

Trajectory Line Graph Federal Ammunition 38 Special

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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    posted on by Dom Pastore Jr. dpast32

    FWIW, This particular .38 SPL+P Loading appears to be an suitable 'all season' choice for those wishing a reduced recoil Loading. It did not however exhibit exceptional expansion, although it's penetration does appear to be quite adequate at about just over 14". Another point worth remembering is that this is an 110 grain projectile, which will indeed 'shoot somewhat low', due to it being of lighter than. the sights are regulated for at the factory. This in itself should not be cause to avoid it, if all its other attributes are satisfactory for your needs.
    Just keep in mind that if shooting past day 15 +/- yards, be aware to adjust your POA / POI. Too bad the expansion wasn't more uniform, as it would probably move it up a notch on the list, IMHO.

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