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Federal Tactical HST

Federal Tactical HST ammunition is some pretty amazing stuff. Federal HST is hollow point ammunition designed to provide consistent expansion and optimum penetration for terminal performance.

Federal HST has a specially designed hollow point tip that won’t plug while passing through a variety of barriers. The bullet is also designed to hold its jacket together in the toughest conditions. HST is engineered to provide 100% weight retention through most barriers with impressive expansion.


Federal as a company will only sell this ammunition to law enforcement or the military, which is more than a little annoying. However, it’s not a law, just a company rule. As such, it’s generally available to the public from various vendors, albeit a little hard to find.

A good place to buy Federal HST is Lucky Gunner, who almost always has it in stock.


Load No. Caliber Grains/ Grams Bullet Style
P9HST1 9mm Luger (9x19mm Parabellum) 124 / 8.04 HST
P9HST2 9mm Luger (9x19mm Parabellum) 147 / 9.53 HST
P9HST3 9mm Luger (9x19mm Parabellum) +P 124 / 8.04 HST
P9HST4 9mm Luger (9x19mm Parabellum) +P 147 / 9.53 HST
P357SHST1 357 Sig 125 / 8.1 HST
P40HST1 40 S&W 180 / 11.66 HST
P40HST2 40 S&W 155 / 10.04 HST
P40HST3 40 S&W 165 / 10.69 HST
P45GHST1G 45 G.A.P. 230 / 14.9 HST
P45HST2 45 Auto 230 / 14.9 HST
P45HST1 45 Auto +P 230 / 14.9 HST

Video Demonstration

This video by TNOutdoors9 is a good overview of Federal HST. He shows some simple penetration and expansion tests of the ammunition after passing through 4 layers of denim. After watching this video, you will understand why this is one of my personal carry loads (9mm 147 grain standard pressure).

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