Personal Defense HST

Personal Defense HST

Part #: P45HST2S

Effective self-defense requires ammunition that provides consistent expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance.  And HST® delivers. That’s why it’s already the duty load of choice for law enforcement officers throughout the world. Its specially designed hollow point won't plug while passing through a variety of barriers, and the bullet jacket and core hold together to provide nearly 100 percent weight retention through even the toughest materials.

  • Caliber: 45 Auto
  • Bullet Weight (grains): 230
  • Bullet Style: HST
  • Muzzle Velocity: 890
  • Ballistic Coefficient: .190
  • Package Quantity: 20
  • Use: Personal Defense
  • MSRP: $32.99



Velocity in feet per second
Muzzle 25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
890 872 856 840 824
Energy in Foot Pounds
Muzzle 25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
404 389 374 360 347
Average Range
25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
-2 -6.9 -15
Height of bullet trajectory in inches above or below line of sight if zeroed at 100 yards. Sights 1.5 inches above bore line.


Premium Technology


  1. Nickel-plated brass case
  2. Patented co-aligned internal and external skiving
  3. Deep tapered hollow point
  4. Reliable Federal® primer
  5. Cannelure locks jacket to core
  6. Tapered jacket profile
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bad too the Bone. Best Defense ammo out there. FN FNX with reflex, Shouth Louisiana. Shot over 30 pigs with em. 4-5 of em over 350lbs. Devastating,we trap em,as many as 20@a time,walk too defensive handgun fighting range and do our “testing”. Shot em with everything,nothing comes close. For years thought Golden Saber May never be beat,this does. They come outa that 5.3 inch smoking.
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The best carry ammo you can buy! Carry in all of my 9s and 45s.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeds, penetrates, & expands well, hits hard! This ammo is my go to for my every day carry, a CZ P-01 9mm... With Federal's 147gr standard pressure HST, they are easy recoiling, always feed, and expand to .60 Plus caliber every time... This round from a 3.75" barrel always punches the steel popper plates with authority and have expanded every time in our informal wet pack media test and also water jug tests... HST's in their respective "Heavy For Caliber" loadings all perform well in 147gr (9mm,) 180gr (.40Cal), and 230gr (.45ACP's)... By well, I mean hit the steel hard, reliably feed, (CZ's, M&P's & 1911's), and expand consistently in the aforementioned "informal" test media above. The larger the caliber the larger the round expands in tests media... albeit all with mostly similar penetration... Gold Dots have been the bechmark in years past and are still a formidable choice; I have a rather large stock of them ... However, in my opinion, Federal has raised the bar just a bit with their HST line... YMMV...
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome ammo Simply the best most reliable defense ammo hands down.
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ammo If you are looking for a great personal defence load,look nomore.The Federal HST 230 45 ACP is the one you want.Excellant expantion and penetration.I have tried many other loads for P.D.and this is the one for me.No doubt about stopping power.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior Ammo I have been using HST .45 +P since it first came out as LE ammo. I have shot a lot of this from my XD-45 Compact. It is extremely accurate, easy to shoot, and I have NEVER had a jam. As far as ballistics and expansion are concerned, I don't think there is a better .45 ACP round out there. This is my go to round for self defense.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Self-Defense Load I use the 230 grain +P HST load in my Kimber Super Carry Pro HD which is a Commander sized (4 inch, all steel) 1911. I was able to locate the +P LEO version of the HST on line and decided to give it a try. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made regarding a Self-Defense load. I was concerned about the velocity loss from a shorter barrel (4 inch) weapon and thought the additional velocity from the +P load would help to offset the effects of a shorter barrel. It did so perfectly! Besides, the fact that I am using a LEO load for Self-Defense is always a good legal choice because of the litigious times we live in!!
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HST AND EFMJ While tring and falling in love with the HST , it's perfect, I use 230gr in my Glock 30 45 acp......124 gr HST in my G-26 it perfect cycling, accuracy, performance all good in both ....However, I won't say where, it was a legit ammo seller, but once I couldn't get the 45 HST they were out yet they had a 50 round box of FEDERAL PREMINUM "EFMJ" AT THIS TIME TODAY I HAVE NOT SHOT ONE ROUND. QUESTION, IS IT STILL MANUFACTURED? I DID WATCH A VIDEO ON BALLISTICS THAT SOMEWHAT EMPRESSED ME.SHOULD I SAVE THEM , SHOOT A FEW PUT A FEW IN MAGS FOR SELF DEFENSE?
Date published: 2014-11-18
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