Federal 9mm Luger 147 Grain HST
Federal’s Premium Law Enforcement Ammunition line-up currently includes four different 9mm Luger loads that utilize 0.355” versions of their hollow-point HST bullet. As the title of this article states, the standard pressure 147grain load (P9HST2) will be the focus of this article.
All versions of the 9mm Luger HST ammunition are loaded in nickel-plated, brass cases. The case-head for the P9HST2 is stamped “F C 9MM LUGER”. This version is loaded to a cartridge nominal OAL of 1.125”. The primers are sealed, but are not crimped in place. The case mouths are also sealed. The round is charged with a “flake” powder.
(The individual squares in the red grid below measure one-tenth of an inch.)
The 147 grain HST projectile has a nominal length of 0.680”. The bullet has a deep cannelure and six skives in the copper jakcet. The skives on the 9mm HST projectiles are the longest of any of the 9mm Luger law enforcement loads that I’ve evaluated to date.
The 9mm HST projectiles have a very unique construction, in that the lead-core directly beneath the skives has a crown-shaped cut-out.
Federal’s literature claims that the 9mm Luger 147 grain HST load has a muzzle velocity of 1000 FPS. When chronographed from my Gen 2 Glock 19 (with the factory original barrel) over an Oehler 35P chronograph, the P9HST2 load had a muzzle velocity of 1018 FPS with a standard deviation of 11 FPS!
Dr. GK Roberts has stated that the 9mm 147 grain HST rounds “are among the finest 9 mm duty loads currently available.” Terminal ballistic testing in 10% ordnance gelatin conducted by the good doctor produced the following results . . .
I evaluated the accuracy of the P9HST2 load from a distance of 25 yards using two different platforms; my Gen 2 Glock 19 and a Colt 6450 with a free-floated Noveske barrel.
When using hand-loads topped with the Hornady 125 grain HAP bullet, my Noveske barreled Colt 6450 has turned in 10-shot groups at 25 yards that have extreme spreads of less than a half-inch.
A 10-shot group of the P9HST2 ammunition fired from the Noveske barreled 6450 at 25 yards had an extreme spread of 0.83”.
Firing from the bench at a distance of 25 yards, my Gen 2 Glock 19 (with the factory original barrel) produced a 10-shot group with an extreme spread of 2.05”.