Federal Releases New Personal Defense HST Load in .38 SPL +P

By Dave Dolbee published on in Ammunition

Federal Premium Ammunition’s Personal Defense HST offerings have become synonymous with concealed carry and home defense. While the most popular loads are obviously the first to leave the factory, short-barreled wheel gun enthusiasts can now feel secure with the release of Federal Premium Ammunition’s Personal Defense HST Micro in 130-grain .38 Special +P. Here is the full release.


Federal Premium Ammunition HST Micro .38 SPl +P ammunition box

Federal Premium Ammunition’s Personal Defense HST Micro loads fuel peak performance from subcompact, concealed-carry handguns. For 2017, the HST Micro line has been expanded to include a 130-grain .38 Special +P load with a deeply seated bullet that eliminates excess air space in the case. This results in the most consistent velocities and terminal performance. Shipments of the new loads are now arriving at dealers.

Like all HST Micro rounds, the new load provides reliable expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance with a bullet weight and propellant optimized for the most efficiency and accuracy in subcompact handguns.

“By combining the HST bullet design with the unique seating depth, we’ve created the most consistent .38 Special personal defense load on the market,” said Federal Premium Handgun Product Lane Director Jason Nash. “We’re proud to give those who carry a .38 Special the most effective possible option for the platform.”

Features & Benefits

  • New .38 Special +P load for micro-size concealed carry revolvers
  • Deep bullet seating eliminates inconsistent powder burn rates
  • Law enforcement proven HST bullet design
  • Expanded diameter and weight retention produce the desired penetration for personal defense situations, without over-penetrating
  • Clean-burning, low-flash propellants

Part No. / Description / MSRP
P38HST1S / .38 Special +P HST Micro, 130 grain / $30.95

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Comments (6)

  • Jim in Conroe

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    Thank you very much for your very complete answer.

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  • Suddenimpact

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    Reminds me a lot of the old .38 hydro-shok rounds. I still have have a few of those rounds rolling around in a big box that I used to keep boxes of ammo in. They were given to me by an uncle of mine that was a deputy sheriff about 35 years ago. I wonder if they would still have enough potency to penetrate a target at 50 yards?

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  • Secundius

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    CTA (Cased Telescopic Ammunition, doesn’t that Boost the Bore Pressure too…

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  • Jim in Conroe

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    Are recovered chambered in .357 mag / .38 Spl capable of handling the +P ammunition?

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    • Jim in Conroe

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      “revolvers” not “recovered,” of course. Curse you autocorrect.

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    • Suddenimpact

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      Jim, a .357 mag should be able to handle any .38 + P round. A .38 Special weapon you need to be a little more careful but if you ever had a question about a particular .38 model being able to handle a .38 + P round you could check (1) Owner’s manual (2) Look online at the manufacturer of your weapon and lookup the model number and see if there are any notes or precautions on that particular model (3) Lookup the phone number of the manufacturer or email address and contact them with your question. I have always owned a S & W Model 65-2 .357 magnum and have never encountered a round that it could
      not fire (.38 or .357). I hope this helps you.

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