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Federal Premium Expands Hydra-Shok To .40 S&W And .45 ACP

Adding two popular self-defense calibers to the Hydra-Shok lineup, Federal Premium has armed citizens covered.

How Hydra-Shok Deep improves on the original:

Released a year ago, Hydra-Shok Deep was Federal Premium’s attempt to improve on a legend. With an improved core design, the defensive rounds were devised to provide 50-percent deeper penetration than original Hydra-Shok. Furthermore, the hollow point’s trademark post in the center was beefed up, creating a projectile that retained more of its structural integrity through barriers. The only problem was Hydra-Shok Deep was strictly a 9mm affair … until now.

Federal Premium tacked on additional loads for the .40 S&W and .45 ACP for 2019, which means the line now has an option for the most popular defensive semi-auto pistol calibers in use today. The .40 S&W Hydra-Shok Deep is a 165-grain load with a muzzle velocity of 1,050 fps and the .45 ACP is a 210-grain load which leaves the muzzle at 980 fps. According to Federal, the new Hyrda-Shok loads have shipped to distributors, so should appear on store shelves soon.

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  • From Federal Premium:

    ANOKA, Minnesota – – Federal unveils two new Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep loads that better meet modern handgun performance measurements. Shipments have been delivered to dealers.

    In 2018, Federal reinvented the proven Hydra-Shok bullet design with Hydra-Shok Deep in 9mm Luger. Now, it has expanded the line with new loads in 40 S&W and 45 Auto. The bullets feature a more robust center post and a core design that penetrates to critical depths through common self-defense barriers, without over-penetrating.

    Features & Benefits

    • Now available in 40 S&W and 45 Auto
    • Penetrates 15 inches in bare ballistics gel and through heavy clothing — the optimal depth according to FBI standards
    • Improved penetration to optimal depths
    • Significant improvement in FBI protocol score
    • Iconic center post design has been improved for better, more consistent expansion through standard barriers
    • Consistent, specially formulated propellant
    • Extremely reliable Federal primer

    Part No. / Description / MSRP

    P9HSD1 / 9mm Luger 135-grain Hydra-Shok Deep HP / $27.95
    P40HSD1 / 40 S&W 165-grain Hydra-Shok Deep HP / $31.95 NEW
    P45HSD1 / 45 Auto 210-grain Hydra-Shok Deep HP / $33.95 NEW

    For more information on Federal ammunition, visit

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