50rds – 9mm Federal LE 115gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo


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Federal Ammunition 115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This 9mm cartridge by Federal features its manufacturer’s own Hi-Shok projectile. While its hollow point nose cavity does not feature the center post design like one of Federal’s more recently innovated bullets may have included, the Hi-Shok still certainly takes care of business. In our own ballistic gel test, this bullet reliably penetrated over two feet, and on average expanded to over one third of an inch in diameter. The lightweight bullet causes relatively muzzle flip as well, so you can quickly and accurately inflict a great deal of damage when you’re shooting Hi-Shoks.

This ammunition garnered a positive reputation among law enforcement professionals for good reason. It’s affordable, to be sure, but not by doing without the smooth feeding and extracting brass casing, dependable primer, and consistent propellant charge that effective self-defense calls for. Subject these rounds to the only scrutiny that really counts -- you own -- and see that they’ve every right to protect you. We also sell this round by the case if you intend to train with the most important kind of ammo you could own.
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Gel test Results


As you hunt for the best self-defense 9mm Luger (9x19) 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&P Shield. 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 9mm Luger (9x19) 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.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 50rds – 9mm Federal LE 115gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 50rds – 9mm Federal LE 115gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo

How do the results for this Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) compare to other 9mm Ammo?

50rds – 9mm Federal LE 115gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 21.6 25.9 26 26.7 27
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.41
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 115 115.2 115.2 115.3 115.4
Bullet Velocity (fps) 1057 1084 1087 1100 1104


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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Robert

    The price is great and the ammo was accurate and burned really clean!

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    posted on by DAVID GIESE

    Have shot a couple hundred rounds of this ammo out of my glock 19 Accurate, feeds well and priced right. Have read the info out there about jacket separation and inconsistent expansion. Certainly better engineered JHP is available but for someone with limited funds looking for a good defense load thats affordable I just dont think it can be beat.

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    posted on by Steve Heaphy

    After ballistic testing this round gets a 3 out of 5. The penetration was ok, accuracy is good, but the expansion varied. Some rounds expanded well while others did not and core-jacket separations happened. The 9PBLE is a better round if you like the Classic line of ammo. Get some HST in regular or +p pressure, they performed better in my ballistic tests.

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    posted on by ERIC FRIESE

    I really like this ammo at the price. Reliable, accurate and while not the "best" super new defense round, I would still rely on this round for self defense. I fact, it is loaded in my Ultra Compact 9mm and Glock 19 right now. In fact, I really can't think of anything detrimental to say about this stuff.

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    posted on by Efren Jimenez

    Very accurate ammunition, I've seen the tests, it doesn't expand elegantly but boy does it expand, fed perfectly through my gun and the price is right.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Steve Heaphy

    This is a tried and tested round by used police for years. It is reliable, accurate, and very affordable ammo.

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    posted on by Michael Thompson

    This is an old school HP with what is out on the market now. But still works outstanding, I have boxes of this load and the +P+ hi-shok both shoot great and will get the job done if you have to use them. A outstanding load in any 9mm pistol and at a great price!!

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    posted on by Ryan Rhodes

    If your pistol has trouble feeding jhps you should give these a try. They have a nice rounded profile and it seems like federal has tweaked them over the years to expand more reliably. They aren't as good as many more modern designs but that doesn't make them useless. I still use these in some of my older 9mms as they are standard pressure and feed well.

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