Hydra-Shok Deep Loads in .40 S&W and .45 ACP
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Not long ago, Federal Premium released Hydra-Shok Deep loads in 9mm. Now, the company has expanded the ammunition line with .40 S&W and .45 ACP rounds.

These new loads feature a more robust center post and a core design. These features allow the bullet to penetrate deeper after going through common barriers. However, it does with without over penetration. In fact, Federal claims the load penetrates 15 inches in bare ballistics gel and through heavy clothing. This is the optimal depth according to FBI standards.

Federal also used a specially formulated propellant and a reliable Federal primer for consistent ignition, as well as consistent velocity. This provides dependable penetration in all situations to stop attacks, which, of course, is the whole point of self-defense ammunition. People should never shoot to kill or to wound, shoot to stop the attack, and good ammunition helps stop attacks.

New Hydra-Shok Deep Loads

The new loads have folded appearance in the hollow point opening. They also have six deep cuts in the jacket and a broader Hydra-Shok post in the center of the hollow point. However, the lower half of the bullet has two separate cannelures around its circumference that can’t be seen. These cannelures help control expansion and lock the jacket to the core, which allows the the bullet retain weight for consistent penetration.

Consistency, of course, is truly important in self-defense ammunition. A load has to consistently penetrate through clothing to be effective, especially in the winter when people wear heavier coats. In the new loads, Federal used 165-grain bullets in the .40 S&W loads and 210-grain bullets in the .45 ACP loads. Both provide the needed weight to velocity ratio, especially with the new design, to penetrate deep enough to stop attacks.

  • 9mm Luger 135-grain Hydra-Shok Deep HP: $27.95
  • .40 S&W 165-grain Hydra-Shok Deep HP: $31.95
  • .45 Auto 210-grain Hydra-Shok Deep HP: $33.95

For more information about Hydra-Shok Deep loads, please visit federalpremium.com.

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