- Manufacturer Federal
- Condition New
- Weight 129gr
- Projectile Type JHP
- Ammo Use Type Self Defense
- Casing Type Nickel-Plated Brass
- Quantity 20
- Caliber .38 Spl
- Pressure + P
- Manufacturer SKU P38HS1
- Primer Type Boxer
- Muzzle Velocity (ft. per sec) 950
- Muzzle Energy (ft. pounds) 246
- UPC Barcode 029465088323
- Cost Per Round 85.0¢ per round
- Q & A
When you load your gun for self-defense, you use hollow points because they’re capable of creating a catastrophic wound track while also decelerating, which protects innocent bystanders from the over-penetration of rounds like FMJ’s. But do you use the most powerful round possible for the greatest knockdown power you can get? In a life-or-death situation, you need every factor possible in your favor, and that’s why overpressure rounds are a wise choice. These .38 Special rounds are +P, so they’re loaded to higher internal pressures than the cartridge standard. That gives them better knockdown power and gives you a better chance if you’re ever attacked.
Because Federal produced these HydraShok rounds with defense in mind, they gave them features meant to help keep you safe. In addition to being +P rounds they’re JHP’s; because they’re jacketed, expansion is controlled more than an average HP, so they penetrate more deeply. Federal’s unique center-post design also lends to expansion while notches in the jacket increase energy transfer, helping the round bull through barriers without losing power. At 129 grain these are fairly lightweight, so they’re faster and their weight won’t increase recoil. This ammunition has a muzzle velocity of 950 feet per second and a muzzle energy of 258 foot-pounds.
Federal was founded in 1922 by Charles Horn, and since day one they have been focused on creating high-quality ammunition for shooters everywhere. They believe in loyalty and patriotism and have played important roles supplying the US Military in multiple wars, even receiving an Army-Navy “E” for excellence. Federal has a reputation for excellence, and when it comes to defense rounds, you would do well to rely on them for the protection of yourself and your family. There are 20 defense rounds in this box of ammunition, so you might want to consider buying two. Take the time to train so you’re comfortable with the power of these HydraShoks and keep your gun loaded. Be prepared.
(Before purchasing +P ammunition, please check and make sure your firearm is approved for +P ammunition.)
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