The obsolete Federal Hydra Shok

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    The obsolete Federal Hydra Shok

    Still seems to work very well. This big bodied 8 pointer went crashing down ( collapsed immediately ) when hit at an estimated 15 yard quartering away shot.Dont know about anyone else, but I'm not seeing any evidence on living matter that the old stuff is out dated as far as effective performance.
    Pistol was a G22 ( my issue carry) with a 155 weight Hydra Shok.

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    Nice deer!

    Did the HydraShok exit, and if not, how far did it penetrate and what kind of expansion did you get?
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    Wait a second...all this time I thought humans and animals were getting harder and harder to kill. I mean honestly, after getting shot with a Hydra Shok in .40 caliber I figured the deer just thumbed his nose at you and ran off because that round/brand combination is at least 10 years outside of the effective killing date .

    Edit: On a serious note nice deer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 481 View Post
    Nice deer!

    Did the HydraShok exit, and if not, how far did it penetrate and what kind of expansion did you get?
    No. It did not completely penetrate. I found it in the upper cavity, going towards the neck and brisket area. The bullet was badly deformed. I estimated 14-16 inches of penetration.
    My intention was to keep the bullet to post for pics, but could not find it after getting home.
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    To think, it was dropped with one of those mean, nasty COP killer bullets! Seriously though, nice deer. Are they in full rut there now?
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    Nice, you will have meat for the freezer.
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    Although you claim to have gotten 14 - 16 inches of penetration, in order to fully complete the evaluation of the effectiveness of this round, it will unfortunately be necessary for you to send me the backstraps of this dear for scientific analysis!
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    i still have some of the old out dated stuff around. i also got some old silver tip around. they work just as good as the new stuff. nice deer too.
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    Nice, gman! Guess the deer didn't get the memo about how obsolete the Hydra-Shok is...

    I can just smell the straps fryin'...
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    It's funny how the old "obsolete" bullet designs will still get the job done. Goes back to what we have said here many many times - it's all about bullet placement. Very nice dear. You'll have meat for the winter.

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    Great post. 15 yard shot is my kind of hunting.

    I would have no concerns about carrying a "old school" Hydra-Shok, I've got the 180 gr. in my Glock 27.

    I doubt there are many times where slight differences in HP bullet design would significantly affect the outcome of a shot, given bullets of equal weight, caliber, power.
    For example: 155 Hydra-Shok vs 155 Gold Dot vs 155 Hornady XTP (all 40 caliber) given the exact same shot placement would any of those really make that much (if any) difference over the other?
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    Wow 15 yards! Whatca do feed him corn and tie him to a tree?

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    Looks like the round worked as advertised. Nice deer.

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    Nice deer, I think you may have accidentally captured a shot of Bigfoot kneeling in the background .
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    Re: The obsolete Federal Hydra Shok

    Good job, Glockman. The quartering shot is the most difficult in my estimation. Another verification of the importance of bullet placement.

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