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Old 01-10-2017, 03:24 PM
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Question Hydra-Shok VS JHP

I have both of these in 9mm. My Hydra-Shok are Federal 124 gr and my JHP are Hornady XTP 124 gr. The Hydra-Shok are in my G17 and the Hornady are in my 5906.
Do you prefer one over the other, or, would use both of them for home defense? Below is a ballistics gel video comparing the (2), that I find very interesting.

Hydra-Shock vs Hollow Point in HD 720p 60FPS - YouTube
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Both XTPs and Hydra-Shoks are Jacketed Hollow Points. Both are also older bullet designs that do not perform as well as more recent designs. It's not something to panic about, but you should consider upgrading.

Before asking "What ammo should I use?" you should ask "What should ammo do, what shouldn't it do, and how is it tested?" I recommend the following:
Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness from the Firearms Training Unit of the FBI
Basic Wound Ballistic Terminal Performance Facts by Dr. Roberts (DocGKR)
Ordnance gelatin test assessment for rifle and pistol calibers by Dr. Roberts (DocGKR)
What's Wrong With The Wound Ballistics Literature And Why by Dr. Fackler

For specific recommendations I start here:
Service Caliber Handgun Duty and Self-Defense Ammo by Dr. Roberts (DocGKR)
Then here (for 9mm and 380):
9mm Ammo Quest on Youtube by ShootingTheBull410
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Agreed, both are older designs.

Speer Gold Dot, Winchester Ranger SXT, and Hornady Critical Duty all seem to consistently do well in tests.
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Buy some federal hst and don't look back
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