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Best ammo for the 380 pocket guns?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by WEATHERBY460, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460

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    I am looking for recommendations for 380 ammo for the little pocket guns.....thanks
     
  2. rednoved

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  3. Kentguy

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    WEATHERBY460..."I am looking for recommendations for 380 ammo for the little pocket guns"

    I assume you are referring to self protection ammo.

    As rednoved pointed out Speer Gold Dots are an excellent choice, I personally like Hornady 90g XTP HP myself.

    For practice ammo, Federal "American Eagle" Ammunition 95g FMJ bullets will give you close to the same feel as your self defense ammo.
     
  4. The Fed

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    Winchester 85-grain Silvertips. Low recoil, low flash, high velocity HP's. But try to find them. I bought 3 boxes/50 2 weeks ago. Now my source is out of them, and they were the only place I found. All they have now is 95 GR. JHP BONDED S380PDB for $21/20


     
  5. I'll second the Gold Dots. Very consistent bullet size.
    The Hornady ones I had tried had some feeding issues with certain boxes because the bullets were not seated quite as deep, and with those ultra compact semi-autos the bullet size is really important.
     
  6. banger

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    In the smaller calibers, I prefer Ball.

    I will take adequate penetration over the supposed advantage of expansion every time.

    Large superficial surface wounds are not all that effective as opposed to those that get to vital organs.

    The same advise goes for .25 and .32 also.

    Flame suit on....fire away.
     
  7. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

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    Even though I've had but a few bobbles in my LCP or Kahr P380 using HP ammo I feel the same way. When I'm limited to pocket carrying a small auto I want it to work. Period. I know stoking the mouse gun with ball is a trade off, but carrying small autos necessitates confidence in reliability. I roll the dice occassionally.
     
  8. barth

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    Not big on .380 for self defense.
    Never carry less than a 9mm or 38.

    But if I did?
    Believe I read Mas say -
    "LAPD uses Hornady Critical Defense in their .380 backup guns".

    I like using LE ammo for Self Defense.
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013
  9. crazyasian1

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    Hornady Critical Duty/Defense for me. TNTOutdoors does a pretty exhaustive review of a few of the common manufacturers ammo on YouTube.
     
  10. collim1

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    Not a big fan of .380 myself. I carried one years ago, a P3AT, and I carried it loaded with FMJ.

    If I was going to carry one again it would probably be loaded with XTP. They tend to be good penetrators.
     
  11. Ljutic

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    This guy tests quite a few different 380 ammo choices.

    http://mousegunaddict.blogspot.com/p/ammo-tests.html

    I always carried Federal Hydra-Shoks, but have recently seen the light with FMJ so that's what has been loaded all Winter. One of these days I'll run a round nose fmj vs. flat nose fmj test and pick a favorite FMJ ammo.
     
  12. unit1069

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    If I still owned a .380ACP I'd likely carry a heavy-for-caliber hardcast round.
     
  13. I don't think most 380s open very much to begin with so i doubt penetration suffers much, that said my choice is GD hollowpoint ammo. I'll take a little less penetration and a little bigger hole instead of a ice pick hole a little deeper. I think maybe a flat nose fmj would be a good combination of both.
     
  14. SCmasterblaster

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    Good choice, for penetration is very important with such weak rounds.
     
  15. Ljutic

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    They make at least 3 that I'm aware of. I tested all 3 last year.

    Corbon 90 Grain JHP
    Corbon Pow'R Ball 70 Grain Pow'R Ball
    Corbon DPX 80 Grain DPX
     
  16. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    Wow, thanx - I had no idea.
     
  17. Ljutic

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    You might be surprised by the expansion of some of the 380s. I know I was when I started testing them. Due to mass and velocity, the largest expanding rounds suffered from lesser penetration.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013
  18. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    BTW, I'm on the Karhtalk board and first saw your data there. I want to say again that I very much appreciate your time and effort in sharing your work with us.