50rds - 38 Special Federal LE Hi-Shok 125gr. +P Hollow Point Ammo

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Federal Ammunition 125 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

Federal Cartridge Company has been manufacturing quality ammunition for nearly a century. One of the most recognized and respected names in the ammo industry, shooters around the globe trust Federal ammunition for the full scope of shooting applications.



This package contains 50 rounds of classic Federal LE Hi-Shok personal protection ammunition. Although designed specifically for law enforcement personnel, these loads are also well-suited for civilian self-defense and concealed carry.



Each factory fresh .38 Special cartridge is loaded with a 125 grain Hi-Shok jacketed hollow point projectile. Hi-Shok bullets hit hard, expand reliably, penetrate deeply, and deliver effective threat-stopping terminal performance. Leaving the muzzle at a velocity of 950 feet per second, each +P overpressure round delivers 250 foot pounds of muzzle energy. This non-corrosive ammunition is boxer primed in reloadable brass cases.


  • Ammo Caliber
    38 Special
  • Pressure
    +P
  • Manufacturer SKU
    38E
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
    950
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
    029465084073
  • Cost Per Round
    $0.54/ppr

Gel test Results

 

In hopes of giving ourselves and our customers a better idea how this 38 Special self-defense ammo would perform if called upon in a self-defense scenario, we tested dozens of the best selling hollow points on the market.

We fired five rounds of this Federal Ammunition 38 Special ammo through a cloth barrier into Clear Ballistics calibrated synthetic gelatin and recorded the results. For these tests, we used a S&W 640 with a 2.125-inch barrel. In the photos, graphics and video on this page, you can see specifically how the Federal Ammunition ammo performed and how it sticks up with the rest of the 38 Special ammo we have tested so far.

To read more about our testing procedures and discover what round makes the best self-defense ammo for you head to this page.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 50rds - 38 Special Federal LE Hi-Shok 125gr. +P Hollow Point Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 50rds - 38 Special Federal LE Hi-Shok 125gr. +P Hollow Point Ammo

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

50rds - 38 Special Federal LE Hi-Shok 125gr. +P Hollow Point Ammo Gel Test Results

  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 13.5 14 14.5 17.8 19.3
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 124.4 124.5 124.5 124.5 124.5
Bullet Velocity (fps) 829 841 843 846 848

Federal Ammunition 38 Special Ballistic Data

Federal Ammunition 38 Special Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
4
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 950 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Energy ft lbs 250 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Bullet drop inch n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

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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