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.

  • Manufacturer
    Federal Ammunition
  • Condition
  • Bullet Weight
    110 Grain
  • Bullet Type
    Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
  • Ammo Caliber
    38 Special
  • Manufacturer SKU
    PD38HS3 H
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
  • Cost Per Round

Ballistic Gel Testing


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.

Gel test results for Federal Ammunition 110 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) 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
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
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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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