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W@hat is the best feeding 380 ammo for Ruger LCP?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by mikegun, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. mikegun

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    I I have the Hogue hybred grip on my lcp , very nice change and thanks
     
  2. XDfense

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    I stagger WWB and Gold Dots and never have feeding problems. Only LCP issue I've had was with Tula. The steel cases get hung up in the mag.

    I like the Hogue grip too as others have noted.
     

  3. ithaca_deerslayer

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    Hornady Critical Defense has pointy plastic tips that go into the chamber nicely.

    Wolff Springs make higher poundage springs to help drive the slide closed with more authority.

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  4. ViennaGambit

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    I have used the BB hard cast 100gr flat nosed +P.

    Never had an issue and it was accurate enough.

    I think flat nose in the LCP is the way to go - same reason why lots of folks swear by the SWC in .38 special. Flat nose is good for iffy calibers.
     
  5. mikegun

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    Some time ago I bought a box of the same ammo in 380, tried to shoot same in an old p3at EVERY ROUND JAMMED THE PISTOL, prior never had a jam w any ammo....tossed ammo in garbage...
     
  6. colin1230

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    I purchased a new LCP about a month ago and have about three hundred rounds through it so far. It was my plan to put several hundred through it for brake in and then start trying SD ammo. The only ammo available had been Rem/UMC 90g FMJ. The first fifty rounds shot, I had two fail-to-feed's. The next box of fifty I had one ftf. The last two hundred rounds have fed 100%. I now have several boxes of Hornady Critical Defense that I am anxious to try. So far I am very impressed with this little pistol.
    Thanks for the thread mikegun. I appreciate everyones response.
     
  7. immanurse

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    owned an LCP, prior to purchasing GLOCK 17... go on youtube and search "shootingthebull". i ran 300+ rounds of precision one ammunition through my LCP (flawlessly).
     
  8. J_Rico

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    Yes. Some Fiocchi jhp. Think it was 95 gr. Had a very long OAL. Would get stuck in the magazine.

    So, far that has been the only problem.

    Shot several hundred Winchester RA380T without issue.
     
  9. robhic

    robhic WOLVERINE!!!! Platinum Member Silver Member

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    So did I, but I DID have issues! I figured a bit of +P ammo wouldn't hurt the LCP. I don't know 'zactly when it happened (how many rounds) but it couldn't have been more than around 20 and the take-down pin head sheared off! :wow:

    I couldn't remove it for anything and brought it to a friend who is a gunsmith. For $20 he removed the broken shaft of (what was left) of the pin and I gave him a new pin I ordered from Ruger for $2. Good as new but a MAJOR PITA! I don't think I'll be using any more +P in my LCP ....
     
  10. ViennaGambit

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    Wow that is good to know and thank you for the heads up!!!

    As time has gone on, I have actually switched to Speer 90gr Gold Dots, non +P, and have carrying those since the fall...

    This video speaks volumes:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NfS9owxPiU"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NfS9owxPiU[/ame]
     
  11. AZson

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    Did he say breast feeding?
     
  12. fg17

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    I have 345 rounds of 95 gr magtech ammo, Ball and HP through my LCP without a malfunction. I did fire 6 round of pmc bronze ammo once and had 1 malfunction, the only malfunction I have had to date.
     
  13. J_Rico

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    There is no SAAMI standard for 380acp +P is there? So no firearm can be rated for this?

    Anyone selling +P ammo is basically saying, "Good luck."
     
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    I've heard that numerous times. But I don't load 'em, I just buys 'em! :supergrin: Buffalo Bore (and some others) rate some ammo as +P so I figure it's a higher pressure grade. If it meets some spec, I don't know. But I tried it for reference if I wanted a more powerful round to keep in the gun for whatever reason. And it does shoot more "zippy" if ya know what I mean. The gun jumped like a scalded dog!

    I also have a Bersa "Thunder" 380 pistol which IS rated for +P higher-pressure ammo. Go figure...:dunno:
     
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    I shot alot of cast 102gr came out 105-107gr.. For SD loads I use WWB 95gr FN or Rem 90gr fmj with narry a problem ; )
    Y/D
     
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    forgot to add this video: (WATCH THE ENTIRE SERIES)

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNtPHYwcDts"]Ammo Quest .380 Final Wrapup: finding the BEST ammo for a .380ACP pistol - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    I've fired hundreds of hydrashoks without an issue.
     
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    This is what I use. 100% so far.

    The GS bullet is designed to have a low threshold of expansion velocity, something around 400 fps, if I recall correctly. For a cartridge which is sort of marginal in terminal ballistics, I consider this attribute to be desirable. For other cartridges with generally better velocities/momentum (9mm, .40, .45, etc), I consider this attribute to be less critical, where there are lots of good choices for SD ammunition (although I lean towards the GS for these too).
     
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    Just noticed this old thread was still active.

    I'm still carrying either Win RA380T or Speer GDHP, but that's because I bought some boxes of the T-Series when I first got my LCP, and the Speer ammo is available at my agency.

    I've also tried the Win FPFMJ, STHP and Rem HPJ BJHP, all of which have fed & fired normally.

    Handy little .380 pistol. Aside from replacing the takedown pin (occasionally walked under recoil), and adding some color/contrast to the rudimentary sights, the little gun's done fine.

    Not as enjoyable to shoot as much as my J-frames, but surprisingly accurate for its size.

    I've been thinking about maybe picking up a new M&P Bodyguard .380, to supplement the LCP, now that S&W has eliminated the integral laser and they've had a chance to shake out any remaining teething pains.
     
  20. J_Rico

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    I did this as well and was impressed at the difference it made.

    Was shooting against a timer last week and was surprised at how well it went.