The Forgotten Child-Federal Hi-Shoks..anybody uses them??


Island Beretta
September 12, 2003, 06:18 PM
Recently got some..anybody knows anything about them..Search functions only shows up the Hydra-Shocks!!

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September 12, 2003, 06:54 PM
I've put about 100rds threw my Colt 1991A1 to make sure my Gunsmith throated the barrel properly.

I have no idea why they are still on the market.

Ala Dan
September 12, 2003, 06:55 PM

I don't quite understand your post. Are you asking, if
any body uses Federal Hydra-Shok's? If so, YES I do!,
and have been for year's. In these caliber's: .38 SPL.,
9m/m Luger, and .45 ACP.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

September 12, 2003, 07:09 PM
yeah i carry the hi-shok in .380...
works every time...
and you can buy it in a box of 50...

FWIW hi-shok isn't the same as the hydra-shok, hi-shok is just a standard JHP....

September 12, 2003, 07:19 PM
Seems some people prefer the Hi-Shoks over the Hydrashock ammo. Personally I carry FMJ NATO 9mm, but I like the Winchester Ranger bullet alot. The Corbon PowerBall looks interesting so far...

September 12, 2003, 07:31 PM
That's the only fodder for my .357 magnum. 125gr JHP Hi-Shoks are the cat's meow.

Sean Smith
September 12, 2003, 08:09 PM
For those that don't know, Hi-Shoks are not the same as Hydra-Shoks. Hi-Shoks are usually sold under the Federal "Classic" line and are an older hollowpoint design.

September 12, 2003, 08:21 PM
Yep, they're my daily carry ammo.

September 12, 2003, 08:28 PM
Like my friend Ala Dan, I am not sure (no offense intended) that I understand your question. If you are asking, do I use HydraShok, my answer is certainly, and I have been for many years, in 9x19, .38 Special, .45 ACP, and .357 magnum. After all, for MANY years HydraShok was essentially "standard of comparison" among top-rated JHPs.

Drifting Fate
September 13, 2003, 01:21 AM
They can be very good. The 9mm 9BP is a legend in accuracy, feeding, and consistant expansion. And, the .357 125grn. SJHP is what Marshall and others raved about for years as being the best stopper out there. Both fall under the Hi-Shock lable.

September 13, 2003, 04:25 AM
Ive used Hi-Shocks for years in my .357

RWK, as has been explained in 3 posts before yours. Hi-Shocks and Hydra-Shocks are NOT the same thing. You can find the Hi-Shocks in the plastic "federal classic" boxes of 25.

Island Beretta
September 13, 2003, 09:21 AM
Guys, some clarifications please:


You said that you have no idea why Hi-Shoks were still on the market..why do you say that????


You stated that the Hi-Shoks were a standard it along the lines of the silvertips or the winchester white box jhp???

September 13, 2003, 11:53 AM
I suspect we are all very aware that HiShok and HydraShok are two entirely different designs and rounds, the former predating the latter by a considerable number of years.


September 13, 2003, 01:10 PM
I use Hi-Shoks--.38 special+P 125 gr. JHP in a Charter Arms Undercover and 9mm 115 gr. JHP in a Ruger P95. The .380 ACP 90 gr. JHP and the .357 magnum 125 gr. JHP are excellent also.

September 13, 2003, 01:17 PM
I have some Fed. 125gr 357magnum Hi-Shoks left. Haven't seen any around for a while though. In the 9mm and 357 loading they are some pretty good stuff.

September 13, 2003, 08:42 PM
The Hi Shok 9BPLE is some of the most accurate 9mm I've shot..

I'm waiting for the Brown truck to deliver 5 more boxes:D

September 13, 2003, 09:43 PM
You said that you have no idea why Hi-Shoks were still on the market..why do you say that????

Because its just a basic JHP. I'm just being cranky.....:)

They sell them at a local indoor range near me. I just used them to test feeding of HP rounds in my Colt 1991A1. They are considerable cheaper than Hydra-Spanks.

Does everyone understand that Hi-shoks aren't the same as Hydra-shoks yet?


September 14, 2003, 03:14 AM
I love the federal HI-Shock line. Unfortunatly, all I see anymore is those stupid 20 round boxes for the 9BP 115 GR HP. At $9.00+ a box!! Gave up on them and went to the Winchester Personal Defense 115 GR HP. Found it at about $8.00 for a box of 50. As far as the Fed. 125 GR .357, I can't find it in Texas at all anymore. Its THE best round I've ever fired in my .357's. Did they quit making it? Do they load in batches and we are between batches right now?

September 14, 2003, 04:57 AM
I would have no problem shootin Hi-Shocks out of any self defense gun of mine. I've shot quite a few of them in .41 magnum and I'm quite confident in their quality and ability to blow the crap out of an attacker at close or medium range.

Personally, I think the Hydrashock are overpriced and I read of the instance in which a certain High Roader was involved in a VERY CLOSE self defense shooting outside of a gun club and his .45 caliber 230gr. Hydroshock did not expand, so he switched to Remington Golden Sabers.

However I like the Golder Saber. I've PERSONALLY had no problems with them in .357 and 9mm, but I understand they have the weakest primer out there and that kind of makes me leary in carrying them for self self, but yet I carry them most of the time in my CCW piece.

September 14, 2003, 05:08 AM
Sgt, we still get the 125gr .357 load up here in seattle. Of course they are the same 9$ plastic boxes. I too LOVE them out of my sp101.

Stephen A. Camp
September 14, 2003, 11:50 AM
Hello. I've used them and have quite satisfactory results:


September 16, 2003, 01:55 PM
I have the110-gr .38 Hydra Shoks in my defense pistol. FWIW, the only knock I've heard on Hydra Shoks was that in snubbies, they don't get sufficient velocity to expand fully. I suspect that's true of a lot of "defense" loads.

September 16, 2003, 02:01 PM
Right now I have a bunch of 9BPLE in my Browning BDM...

rock jock
September 16, 2003, 04:42 PM
My Hydra-Shok inventory:

.38 special +P
.40 S&W
.357 Magnum
.45 ACP

I put one through a wall of my house last year. Actually through a mirror and two panels of drywall. Expanded nicely from .40 to .605. I was dissapointed in the complete jacket separation though. I guess that is pretty normal.

September 17, 2003, 08:17 AM
I carry them in my Makarov. They work great!! Why do you ask??? I used to carry the 9mm version, but the Winchester WBHP is cheaper at Wally world!! :D

September 17, 2003, 07:36 PM
I keep 9BP's in my PM9, they have a more rounded nose that helps with feeding on the offset feed ramp, and they have acceptable accuracy and penetration.

Zach S
September 17, 2003, 09:20 PM
I have no idea why they are still on the market. I didnt know they were. Havent seen them around here for a while.

September 17, 2003, 11:05 PM
I prefer HI-SHOKS.

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