Hydra-Shok Deep takes Golden Bullseye for Ammo Product of the Year

Hydra-Shok Deep Takes 2019 Golden Bullseye Award for Ammunition Product of the Year
Hydra-Shok Deep Takes 2019 Golden Bullseye Award for Ammunition Product of the Year

ANOKA, Minnesota-(Ammoland.com)- The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Shooting Illustrated magazine recently honored Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep with its Golden Bullseye Award for 2019 Ammunition Product of the Year. Federal Ammunition representatives accepted the award on April 26, during the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana.

From the No. 1 brand in handgun ammunition, Hydra-Shok Deep bullets feature a more robust center post and a core design that penetrates to critical depths through common self-defense barriers, without over-penetrating. In fact, its updated bullet design penetrates 15 inches in bare ballistics gel and through heavy clothing—the optimal depth according to FBI standards. This results in a significant improvement in FBI protocol score.

“We are proud Hydra-Shok Deep was chosen for the prestigious award,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink. “To even be considered for a Golden Bullseye, the product must meet a variety of demanding criteria on design, function, value and reliability. We are grateful they found the winner with Hydra-Shok Deep.”

Shooting Illustrated is the NRA's newest official journal, with a focus on concealed carry, self-defense and tactical shooting. For its Golden Bullseye Award program, the magazine’s staff considers only products that are available to the public and meet or exceeded its testing-and-evaluation protocols. Candidates must offer a unique value to the American shooting public, whether by innovation, affordability or other stand-out qualifications.

Hydra-Shok Deep was initially launched in 9mm Luger 135-grain. Recently, it has also been released in 40 S&W 165-grain and 45 Auto 210-grain, in 20-count packs.

Federal PremiumFor more information on Federal ammunition, visit www.federalpremium.com.

  • 7 thoughts on “Hydra-Shok Deep takes Golden Bullseye for Ammo Product of the Year

    1. I am still waiting for tests in gel and other material barriers that are done with impact at oblique angles. I strongly suspect that would result in expansion failure with this bullet design.

        1. While that is a good review, as I would expect from him, it does not address my concerns. It is a moot point for me as I haven’t purchased a single round of centerfire ammo for the last 38 years. For those who don’t handload it would be useful info. There are many proven bullet designs out there for people to choose from in the meantime.

    2. Not interested in a box of 20 or 25 of any high dollar newfangled ammo.. give me a box of b p l e and it works just fine.. I can afford to practice with it and fill up several magazines..SICK OF SHORT BOXES THAT BREAK THE BANK..

      1. Federal 9BPLE (115gr, +P+) is a very good round, as it has been for about 30 years. The heavier center posin the new Hydra-Shok Deep is more like the first generation, which performed very well, even in subsonic loads. The old ones provided more robust expansion, though. The new Hydra-Shoks stink, and a Federal tech told me that the center posts are just there because they are expected to be by the public; they are no longer functional. The posts in the new ones get smashed and disappear whether the bullet expands or not. Only new ones that I’ve found to be satisfactory (but there are better loads) are the 9mm Low Recoil and the .40 S&W Low Recoil, both weighing 135grs. I would like to put these through my battery of tests and see what they do; on-target media damage balanced with proper (not FBI) penetration. If you want to know what that is, look at the specs for the Remington and Federal 125gr. SJHPs .357 Magnums from Remington and Federal. They DO NOT meet FBI specs, but they just happen to be the best things out there in a handgun round for stopping bad guys.

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