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Federal HST Ammo

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Arnold Kuhl, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Arnold Kuhl

    Arnold Kuhl

    Apr 15, 2013
    NE Tennessee
    Could somebody tell me what the "H" stands for, what the "S" stands for, and what the "T" stands for?

    I think the first two letters mean "hydrashock", but not sure. About the "T" I have no clue.

    Just curious. Has anybody tried this load? It's probably quite expensive, but it's supposed to be the big rage in defensive ammo. I'm interest in maybe getting the .45ACP flavor. (I don't know if it comes in other flavors).

    Any info appreciated. My apologies if this has already been discussed. If so, maybe if one of you guys could just show me a link?


    Last edited: Jun 5, 2013
  2. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    T=tactical I believe. Good ammo.

  3. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    When it first came out, I heard it stood for "Hi-Shok Two", "Hydra-Shock Two" & "Hi-Shok Tactical" (Which one is correct, I don't know), But all of that was a bit too "hard core" for the PC world, so Federal basically just says it stands for nothing (as far as I know).

    As far as the load goes, it's all I use in my SD pistols... For .45, I run 230gr +p, for .40 I run 180gr, and for 9mm I run 124gr +p... It runs great in all my pistols and the ballistics are awesome!
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  4. pisc1024

    pisc1024 AASG

    Oct 9, 2005
    I don't know what HST stands for. I have shot the 180gr load in a .40cal and I thought it was fine. The recoil was on par with just about every other 180gr .40cal I have shot.
    It rates pretty well as a SD round.
    Check this out for a little more general info.
  5. Arnold Kuhl

    Arnold Kuhl

    Apr 15, 2013
    NE Tennessee
    Do any of you HST fans know what they cost? I guess I could just go to Federal's website, if they list their prices. As you know, a lot of companies do not list their prices on their websites, for whatever reason. Heard good things about this ammo. Like to get some in .45ACP+P.

  6. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
  7. ACM73


    Oct 15, 2012
    My department uses the HST in 40 and 9mm. It's had good results when the officers make good shots.
  8. BearMBD


    Feb 9, 2007
    I heard it stood for hydro (sp?) shock tactical. Either way it opened up perfectly wen I tested it with water jugs (I know it's not the most accurate media, but served my purpose).
  9. Arnold Kuhl

    Arnold Kuhl

    Apr 15, 2013
    NE Tennessee
    Think I'll just pick up a little box of 20 or 25 when I can find it. Not really interested in getting hundreds of these rounds (can't afford it, anyway).

    Thanks for the feedback.

  10. kaech


    Jan 26, 2012
    CG wisconsin
    Hi Shok Two...HST
  11. ABNAK


    Apr 22, 2005
    I believe they only come in boxes of 50.

    Great ammo, get it while you can and when you can.
  12. Buckeye 7x57

    Buckeye 7x57

    Dec 9, 2009
    Central Ohio
    They sell them in plastic see through boxes of 25 now. I saw them at the LGS yesterday.

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  13. Bigpoppie50


    Oct 2, 2010
    There are plenty reviews on Youtube that are very informative.
  14. The interview I read with some guy from federal said HST doesn't stand for anything. That is their official line, it may have meant something to someone early on in development kind of like the joke that Winchester SXT, the replacement for the black talons meant Same eXact Thing.

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
  15. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Yep and you pay about $1 per round for that purty plastic box.:faint:

    I'll take the ugly cardboard box for $.60 a round.
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  16. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    I've been led to believe it stands for "Hydro Shock Two" and that the bullet is based upon the old Hydro Shock with the hollow point center post removed.

    I bought a stash of HST a few years ago when prices were $24 - $32/box of 50 (depending on caliber) in both 9mm and .357sig and both shoot well in my pistols. One of the things about HST is its amazing consistency of expansion.

    What self-defense ammo are you currently using?
  17. Arnold Kuhl

    Arnold Kuhl

    Apr 15, 2013
    NE Tennessee
    I am currently loaded up with .357SIG, 125gr. Speer Gold Dots in my Gen3 G22. But I was thinking about maybe getting some HST's in 9mm, for HD. I have some 15-year-old .45ACP Golden Sabers, which I'm sure are still good. But the .45 caliber bullet is ALREADY expanded, you know.

    But now that I know that I'll be forking out major somolians for the purdy plastic box- encased HST's, I may have to forgo. Unless I can somehow wangle a really miraculous deal on a box of them, it's just cost-prohibitive.

    I wonder if HOMELAND SECURITY is buying HST's for Obama's PRIVATE ARMY? No wonder we can't get any bullets for reloading, and factory ammo is sky-freaking high!
    (Don't get me started with this). I hope Congress cuts off ALL the funding for this insanity.


    How did I get on this rampage?

  18. chargingzebra


    Sep 15, 2012
    I've had good results with the HSTs after switching from Hydra-Shoks. (I never really had a problem with them either, just wanted the next best thing) They have feed reliably in my G27 and G22.

    I have family in law enforcement and the local dept. switched to 180gr 40 cal HSTs. The dept. has only had one shooting in the two years since the switch to the round, and it resulted in one bullet striking the bad guy's (actually gal's) arm, and was not fatal. The officer recovered after being struck by the woman's car and the suspect was later arrested.

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  19. The Retired Sarge

    The Retired Sarge "The Sarge"

    Feb 23, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Vafish nailed it. In direct communication with Federal Ammunition's Law Enforcement Division I was told early on that HST is not an acronym and has no hidden meaning. HST is simply the designation assigned to a specific bullet design. HST is my first choice in business ammo and I carry it in all the service calibers. Bill
  20. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766 CLM

    In 2001 Federal was calling it Hi Shock Two since that was what it was to replace. After deciding it could go head to head with Ranger T-Series it was place on the restricted LE Government sales only.

    Federal also said they would eventually offer it for regular commercial sales. After it was moved from Hi Shock Two the Classic line of ammo and placed in the Premium line Federal stopped saying Hi Shock Two and said HST does not mean anything.

    2007 HST was moved from the Premium line to the Tactical line.

    2012 HST was released to the regular commercial line in 25 round boxes.