Older bullet designs like the Silver Tip, Hydra-Shok, and Black Talon were state of the art 15 or 20 years ago. These older bullets tend to plug up and act like FMJ projectiles when shot through heavy clothing; they also often have significant degradation in terminal performance after first passing through intermediate barriers. Modern ammunition which has been designed for robust expansion against clothing and intermediate barriers is significantly superior to the older designs. The bullets in the Federal Classic and Hydrashok line are outperformed by other ATK products such as the Federal Tactical and HST, as well as the Speer Gold Dot; likewise Winchester Ranger Talons are far superior to the old Black Talons or civilian SXT's.
XSlevinn wrote:I actually thought HST's were the same as Hydra Shoks. It appears now I was mistaken. I believe I carry the HST and that's what I was referring to when I mentioned ballistics tests showing them as top tier. I always thought HST stood for Hydra Shok Technology or something equivalent.. haha. I'll have to double check my rounds tonight just to make sure, but I am 95% sure I carry HST's.
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