500rds – 40 S&W Federal Hydra-Shok 165 gr. JHP Ammo

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  • Manufacturer Federal Ammunition
  • Condition New
  • Bullet Weight 165 Grain
  • Bullet Type Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
  • Use Type Self Defense
  • Casing Type Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity 500
  • Ammo Caliber 40 Smith & Wesson
  • Manufacturer SKU P40HS3
  • Primer Type Boxer
  • Muzzle Velocity 980
  • Muzzle Energy 352
  • Cost Per Round $0.90/ppr

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

Your carry pistol's potency will be significantly upgraded when you load up with these Hydra-Shoks from Federal. These .40 S&W cartridges are built using high quality components including clean-sparking Boxer primers and reloadable brass casings which both sport a coat of nickel for corrosion resistance, smoother cycling, and easy identification. Each casing contains a standard pressure propellant charge which is formulated to produce a low degree of muzzle flash; this helps preserve your night-vision in a a low-light situation for more responsible decision making and faster follow-up shots. The round is topped by a jacketed hollow-point (JHP) projectile which weighs in at a light 165 grains for easily managed recoil.


The Hydra-Shok JHP design has a deep cavity with a tall lead plunger at the center which is intended to prevent clogging that could hinder expansion. Precisely measured serrations adorn the bullet's cavity mouth in order to promote impact expansion at lower velocities which are commonly associated short-barreled carry guns. The end result of these features is a hard hitting round that will create a large wound cavity during entry while depositing all of its energy in a target to bring the fight to a close without the risk of over-penetration. Federal Premium is a premier manufacturer in the United States and known throughout circles concerning law enforcement, competition, recreation, and hunting. Both their new and classic designs receive heavy praise for performance which has been trusted by the U.S shooting team to help bring home Olympic gold medals.

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.

500rds – 40 S&W Federal Hydra-Shok 165 gr. JHP Ammo fired into ballistic gelatin

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 500rds – 40 S&W Federal Hydra-Shok 165 gr. JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 500rds – 40 S&W Federal Hydra-Shok 165 gr. JHP Ammo

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

500rds – 40 S&W Federal Hydra-Shok 165 gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results
  Median
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
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