20rds - 38 Special +P Federal Personal Defense Micro 130gr. HST JHP Ammo

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Federal Ammunition 130 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

For shooters who prefer a wheel gun for self defense purposes, this premium 38 Special +P ammo from Federal has the power you need and the terminal performance you rely on. The 130gr. HST jacketed hollow point (JHP) expands consistently into a full mushroom formation, destroying soft tissue as it drills devastating wound channels on impact. These 38 Special +P rounds are made for self-defense situations, with a low felt-recoil and flash suppressant powders. The low flash component is especially important in tight spaces and darkness as ordinary rounds can cause momentary blindness and give the attacker an edge.

Federal loads these rounds into new production, Boxer-primed nickel-plated brass casings that are malleable for the reloading expert. The nickel-plated brass reduces the likelihood of firearm malfunction because of its silky-smooth feeding and ejecting. Federal has been manufacturing trusted ammunition since 1922, so you can order your self-defense ammo with confidence. Always check with the manufacturer of your firearm to ensure it is equipped to fire ammo with higher pressures.
  • Manufacturer
  • Condition
    New
  • Bullet Weight
    130 Grain
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
    20
  • Ammo Caliber
    38 Special
  • Pressure
    +P
  • Manufacturer SKU
    P38HST1S
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    890
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    604544623581
  • Cost Per Round
    $1.25/ppr

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 130 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) ammo

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 20rds - 38 Special +P Federal Personal Defense Micro 130gr. HST JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds - 38 Special +P Federal Personal Defense Micro 130gr. HST JHP Ammo

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

20rds - 38 Special +P Federal Personal Defense Micro 130gr. HST JHP Ammo Gel Test Results
  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 11.9 11.9 12 13 14.5
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.71 0.72 0.72 0.73 0.74
Expanded Weight (gr.) 129.7 129.8 130 130 130
Bullet Velocity (fps) 849 853 859 861 936
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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Dom Pastore Jr. dpast32

    FWIW, This particular .38 SPL+P Loading appears to excellent as an 'summer season' choice. It exhibit exceptional expansion, although it's penetration does appear to be somewhat lacking with an average of approximately 12.5". If chosen for very 'lightly clad' targets, it does represent an viable choice, IMHO.

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    posted on by Jack

    Really like this ammo

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by J.M.

    Excellent customer service and support, great product, fast shipping. What more to ask for?

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