Federal 9mm HST 147gr +P in Clear Ballistics gel.

*Note* This test was conducted with Clear Ballistics Gel. Clear Ballistics is a synthetic gel and does not correlate with Organic gelatin like Vyse Ballistics gelatin.

People have posted several time that I need to try out Federal HST’s and I finally got around to doing the first of three. In this test I shot the 9mm HST 147gr +P into two 16 inch blocks of Clear Ballistics gel with a Glock 17. Two rounds through bare gel and two rounds fired through heavy clothing.

The first round in bare gel had an impact velocity of 1097fps penetrated to 14 inches and expanded to .72 inch. The second round hit at 1089fps penetrated to 14.25 inches and expanded to .72 inches also.

In heavy clothing my chrony didn’t pick up the velocity of either of the two rounds but both rounds penetrated to 18 inches with one round expanding to .62 inches and the other to .64 inches.

I’m going to have to try this load in a short barrel pistol and through four layers of denim. I’m hoping for good results.


I finally had a chance to shoot two rounds into four layers of denim covered gel, shot from a Glock 17. The first round had an impact velocity of 1069fps penetrated to 16 inches and expanded to .64 inches. Shot number two hit at 1094fps expanded to .61 and penetrated to 20.5 inches.


I also shot two rounds through my S&W Shield into bare gel. Both rounds penetrated to 14.5 inches with the first round hitting at a velocity of 965fps and expanded to .666 inches. The second round impacted at 962fps and opened up to .65 inches.


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