50rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE Tactical 129gr. Hydra-Shok JHP Ammo

$49.95
($1.00/ppr)

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Federal Ammunition 129 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This 38 Special +P cartridge from Federal’s Law Enforcement Tactical line of ammunition features a 129 grain Hydra-Shok projectile. The Hydra-Shok’s defining characteristic is the center post within its tip’s hollow cavity. It serves to prevent the hollow from clogging with clothing during penetration so that fabric can not hamper its ability to expand. This bullet has a non-bonded lead core fitted with a metal jacket, the latter of which sports notches to assure reliable expansion. The Hydra-Shok creates an exceptionally wide wound cavity, but a shallow one as well -- that means it’s less inclined to cause the kind of overpenetration which could be disastrous to an innocent bystander.

This round’s brass casing is plated with nickel. That not only makes it more visible during an on the fly chamber check in a darkened environment, but further enhances its lubricity for smooth cycling and aids it in resisting corrosion as well.
  • Manufacturer
  • Condition
    New
  • Bullet Weight
    129 Grain
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
    50
  • Ammo Caliber
    38 Special
  • Pressure
    +P
  • Manufacturer SKU
    P38HS1G
  • Primer Type
  • Cost Per Round
    $1.00/ppr

Ballistic Gel Testing

 

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.

Federal Ammunition 129 Grain 38 Special ammunition fired into ballistic gelatin

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 50rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE Tactical 129gr. Hydra-Shok JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 50rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE Tactical 129gr. Hydra-Shok JHP Ammo

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

50rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE Tactical 129gr. Hydra-Shok JHP Ammo Gel Test Results
  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 15 15.2 15.3 18.3 18.4
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.35 0.35 0.39 0.4 0.51
Expanded Weight (gr.) 128.2 128.3 128.5 128.6 128.8
Bullet Velocity (fps) 842 857 889 890 912
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