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: $31.95
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When law enforcement agencies choose a duty round, they use the FBI’s demanding protocol testing to see how different loads compare. In our internal testing, HST 45 Auto (P45HST2S), 40 S&W (P40HST1S) and 9mm Luger (P9HST1S) all scored exceptionally high in every protocol scenario.    

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The exclusive HST® design and heavier bullets used in Micro loads redefine the capabilities of subcompact platforms, providing the dramatic expansion and deep penetration needed to stop any threat.

Personal Defense HST
Personal Defense HST
Personal Defense HST
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Personal Defense HST



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 Test Results I am a veteran Law Enforcement Officer, 35 years. Have been involved with the selection process for most of those years. We went from .38 Spl. to .45 ACP. Our agency conducted a "very un-scientific test" for .45 ACP ammo. All major brands were tested. 4 layers of denim, water bottles and wet phone books. Again, not the best test, but it was the same for each round. Federal HST 230gr. standard pressure won, hands down. Later, we had ATK reps come to our range, and we ran the FBI ammo tests on each brand again. The standard pressure 230gr HST did better through barriers than the plus P type. ATK told us that would be the results before the tests. Great round. Works as advertised!
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from in my kimber super carry hd.3" ladies & gentlemen all i can tell you after over 300 rounds and no failure of any kind this is one round i will use in my 3" kimber. accuracy out to 15 yards is dead on federal hst 230 gr is the best ammo i have used and i have used all top manufacturers out there all i can say is save money experimenting and give hst a SHOT 45 acp.
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from QC? With all the tests I've seen, I'm sure the terminal performance is great. But . . . when I pay about $30 (after taxes) for 20 rounds of ammo I don't think it should look like it was thrown in the garbage disposal before packaging. The cases are tarnished, and scratched. Each and every round has a scratch leading from the bullet down onto the casing in an identical fashion. And that doesn't account for the many scratches on both bullet and casing. While I'm sure the performance will not likely be affected, there is nothing like a brand new box of shiny clean ammo. This definitely wasn't. Hopefully other aspects of manufacturing these rounds didn't suffer the same neglect as the aesthetic.
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Defense Ammo Federal HST is in My Opinion The Best Handgun Defense Load there is. Great Muzzle Velocity, Excellent Expansion. Reliable feeding, clean burning powder.Reliable primers. I hope I never have to use these in a Defensive Situation. But if I did, I know that they would stop the Bad Guy.
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HST for PUBLIC I guess my complaints finally paid off. Never understood why federal offers Guard Dog to the Public when you have the HST for LEO. Thank You! Finally I can protect my family with better performing HST Bullet. Just 1 more BEEF I want 147 HST in 9mm The 180 in 40cal is excellent same as 45acp 230. HST
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Just as advertised I was curious to the claims and I must say I am impressed. I tested these against Winchester PDX-1 230gr .45 ACP and both bullets had comparable velocities out of my XDS. What really got me was when I fired them into milk jugs filled with water. Each penetrated 3 jugs and stopped in the 4th, but the HST had almost 3/8" more expansion diameter and the menacing looking claws were an added bonus. Great ammo and is now in use in my EDC.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great choice for +P JHP Good high quality hollow points for defensive use. Can verify they feed perfect through HK USP 45 full size.
Date published: 2013-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Haven't needed to use it in self defense luckily. But while target practicing, it makes a pretty whole! Great expansion
Date published: 2013-01-14
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