Ballistic Gel Testing
We tested this Federal Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W M&P40c with a 3.5-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 16.7-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.48-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 40 Smith & Wesson ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 40 Smith & Wesson.
To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.
Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison
|500rds – 40 S&W Federal Hydra-Shok 165 gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||14.6||16.5||16.5||17.8||18.1|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.4||0.4||0.48||0.51||0.61|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||165.2||165.5||165.7||165.8||165.9|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||917||937||946||997||1002|