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Since I started checking out a good carry load, the hydrashok has always had me preoccupied for some reason. It's just got this sexy quality to it. It looks cool and by today's standards, it isn't too bad of a defensive ammo choice. But I'm tempted to take the hydrashok out to test it for myself with denim, spare ribs and a pork shoulder. That would be a good test I suppose. Also add in a wet phone book to catch it. Anyone know where to find testimonies about the hydrashok or street records? Thanks gents and gentlets
 

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Probably a good test, but I'd rather put the spares and shoulder in my smoker than shoot them!

I still occasionally carry the Hydra-Shok rounds, though.
 

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I use Hydra Shoks in all of my SD handguns. Some say they are old technology, but based on my own poor boy testing, they will get the job done.
 
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Hydro-shock was one of the top contenders when it came out. Unfortunately, even the stuff sitting on your shelf instantly became more anemic than a .25 FMJ as soon as Federal released the HST :wink:

I have some too, and its pretty good stuff. I did upgrade to HST for under $30 per box. It is supposed to perform better through heavy cloth, but the brass case isn't nearly as sexy as the nickel plated Hydros!
 

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The hydra shock is a proven performer. It may be long in the tooth, but i would not hesitate to stake my life on it if need be. HYdra shock doesnt even hurt..... said no BG ever. If you. Have some carry it with confidence..... if you want some get some. Dont spend too much time trying to find the "best" carry ammo. Pick something that is reliable and shoots perfectly in your gun, and rock it. In the end, a bullet of any type makes a hole that did not exist, and the best bullet out thwre still does not make up for poor shot placement.

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I am aware of only one shooting personally with the Hydra-Shok, and it was with a 38 Special +P when they first came out and I was a young police officer. Long story short it center-punched the BG and destroyed the 2 lower chambers of the heart, and did not exit. At one point in Evan Marshall's study the 230 grain 45ACP Hydra-Shok was the only round that scored 100% on his stopping power index. Today I believe it has averaged out to around the mid 90 percentile. When the Speer Gold Dot came onto the market our department switched to it across the board for every caliber. The department I finished my career at also issued the Gold Dot to its patrol officers.
 

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The Hydra-Shok is an excellent choice for SD. As with any product in any industry, it lived a product life cycle that eventually required Federal to move on to a new entry, the HST. In theory, the HST improved on the Hydra-Shok by preventing the early clogging and expansion that was supposedly a potential problem with Hydra-Shok. However, as anyone knows who has conducted their own testing between the two, this is more marketing hype than reality. In controlled tests that we have duplicated several times, there was no discernable improvement with HST over Hydra-Shok as a SD round. Both performed very well.
 

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Outdated does not mean ineffective. I use several different SD brands in different calibers. They all feed and shoot well. How effective they may be is all on me in needed.
 

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The HydraShok may be old like I am, but we are both still very effective. It is the round I carry.
 
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I can attest to what it did to a woodchuck. .38 Hydro from a subbie went in the nose just below the eye and left a silver dollar sized hole out the chest cavity. Crisp, clean entry hole. Gaping, nasty exit. Woodie lasted 2.5 seconds before expiring.
 

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"The Federal Hydra-Shok in particular had at one point been the “gold standard” among American police before the coming of higher-tech JHPs from that maker and others, and remains in wide law enforcement use." - Massad Ayoob

That said, I read somewhere that it's less effective in 9mm than in other calibers.
 

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I can attest to what it did to a woodchuck. .38 Hydro from a subbie went in the nose just below the eye and left a silver dollar sized hole out the chest cavity. Crisp, clean entry hole. Gaping, nasty exit. Woodie lasted 2.5 seconds before expiring.
I suppose I COULD ask why you were shooting woodchucks with Hydra-Shok from a snub - but I don't think I will. :smile:
 

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I suppose I COULD ask why you were shooting woodchucks with Hydra-Shok from a snub - but I don't think I will. :smile:
Never said "I" was shooting a woodie that was caught up in a place he shouldn't have been and there were no other calibers nor options available. Just said I'd witnessed the destructive power of a .38 Hydro against said woodchuck.
 

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Never said "I" was shooting a woodie that was caught up in a place he shouldn't have been and there were no other calibers nor options available. Just said I'd witnessed the destructive power of a .38 Hydro against said woodchuck.
Haha! I was self defense!:tongue:
 

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due to sequence I bought them, my gun had hyro-shok in it & the mag loaded in it, but the spare 2 mags have HST. Dang, one of the ought to work. .... LMAO.
Personally... I think they'll both work.
 

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Never said "I" was shooting a woodie that was caught up in a place he shouldn't have been and there were no other calibers nor options available. Just said I'd witnessed the destructive power of a .38 Hydro against said woodchuck.
"Officer, I swear, the woodchuck was dead when I got here!"
 

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There are a lot of people on youtube who do ammo tests. "TNOUTDOORS9" Is one of the best. He's done a few with different calibers of Hydrashok
 
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