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

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:

  • 50-percent greater penetration than original Hydra-Shok.
  • 15-inches of penetration in bare ballistic gel and through heavy clothing.
  • Improved center post that helps bullet retain structural integrity.
  • Better barrier penetration.

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 www.federalpremium.com.


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    Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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