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choosing an effective .380 SD round ?

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by revel8, Aug 9, 2010.

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  1. revel8

    revel8 hedgehog

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    When considering .380 as a defensive round, do they generate enough velocity for proper expansion ?

    OR

    Would one be better off just using traditional hardball ammunition for better penetration ?

    Does the corbon pow-r-ball come in .380 ? The particular gun in question is a Kahr p380

    thank you
     
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    Any expanding bullet load in .380 will come up short on what most folks want these days for penetration, and the ball rounds that penetrate sufficiently (or too much) are prone to over-penetration ricochet, and tend to leave icepick-like wounds that produce limited immediate incapacitation. This is why so many of us draw the line above .380 ACP as an acceptable caliber for a primary self-defense pistol.

    Honestly, revel8, the best advice I think I can give you is to turn the page in the Kahr catalog and order a PM9 in 9mm Luger.

    best,
    Mas
     


  3. revel8

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    I read a few of the other posts after this one, and realized you've said this several times allready. Thank you for the answer