50rds - 40 S&W Federal LE Tactical HST 180gr. HP Ammo


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Federal Ammunition 180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

40 S&W Federal LE Tactical HST 180 Grain Hollow Point Ammo – 50 Rounds

Since the company opened in 1922, Federal Premium has grown into one of the largest and most-respected producers of ammunition in the world. Delivering consistent quality and performance for almost a century, Federal Premium continues its reputation for excellence with its LE Tactical HST line. With consistent expansion, optimum penetration, and superior terminal performance, it's no wonder these loads are the preferred duty round for law enforcement officers around the globe.

This package contains 50 rounds of Federal LE Tactical .40 Smith & Wesson ammunition. Each round is loaded with a 180 grain HST hollow point projectile. These specially designed HST hollow points will not plug, even when passing through tough barriers. The result is impressive weight retention and terminal expansion, perfect for self-defense situations.

This is the next generation in high performance personal protection ammunition, whether on duty or off. Featuring a round nose profile and nickel-plated brass casings, these rounds deliver smooth, feeding, function and extraction. When paired with Federal Premium’s unique clean-burning primers, you get the ultimate in function and reliability. Each round produces a consistent muzzle velocity of 1010 feet per second and a muzzle energy of 408 foot pounds.

  • Manufacturer
    Federal Ammunition
  • Condition
  • Bullet Weight
    180 Grain
  • Bullet Type
    Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
  • Ammo Caliber
    40 Smith & Wesson
  • Manufacturer SKU
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
  • Cost Per Round

Ballistic Gel Testing


As you hunt for the best self-defense 40 Smith & Wesson 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 M&P40C. 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 40 Smith & Wesson 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 180 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) ammo

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 50rds - 40 S&W Federal LE Tactical HST 180gr. HP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 50rds - 40 S&W Federal LE Tactical HST 180gr. HP Ammo

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

50rds - 40 S&W Federal LE Tactical HST 180gr. HP Ammo Gel Test Results
Bullet Depth (in.) 15.3 15.5 16 16.2 19
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0 0.69 0.7 0.72 0.75
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 178.5 179.7 179.8 179.9 180.2
Bullet Velocity (fps) 947 951 964 970 978
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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Steven Goellner

    YES IT IS!

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by K. J.

    The load is just what I wanted. I have raccoons that have been getting into the chicken pen at night....and with one shot, I can eliminate the problem of raccoons killing my chickens. Great ammo!

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Jeff

    The best defense ammo period!

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Kendall Calvin

    Great ammo! It has just the correct amount of power, without being overwhelming kick!

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Paul

    This is a badass round with proven and enormous speed, stopping power and expansion! Quite possibly, the best available in .40 for self defense/carry use. I would highly recommend firing off a few rounds at the range, simply for practice, as these are much different from your typical FMJ rounds, and much hotter and snappier. Great price for a 50 rd. box!

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Dave Regala

    Not a round to take to the range, it's only purpose it to be carried for self defense. A lot of my cop buddies tell me how scary these round are, I hope I never have to use them, but I feel a little safer knowing when I pull my USP compact it will drop any attacker. Excellent and scary round. I'd expect nothing less from Federal.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Rene

    This is the best self defense ammo currently on the market. No need for anything else!

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