I have a Kel Tec 380. Is it to much to ask to depend on this gun with hollow point ammunition? For carry situations should I use the round ball ammo to ensure proper feeding and reliability? Currently when I fully load a magazine with hollow points the first round does not want to chamber so it has me second guessing the gun. Thanks in advance for your information.
IMO, .380 should not be carried with HP ammo. FMJ will penetrate better and penetration is key with a SD load, especially in a somewhat anemic caliber like .380. I carry my .380 with 95gr FMJ bullets handloaded just at the upper pressure limit for the round. I only carry my .380 when I can't carry something heavier & harder hitting or as a BUG.
If you feel you must carry JHP ammo, then I'd suggest a trip over to www.KTOG.org and a read through the P3AT forum for some real world suggestions.
Yeah I agree. I've only carried ball in my P3AT.
FWIW, Cor-Bon's .380 DPX load was developed around/for the P3AT. It's what I carry in my own P3ATs. Prior to that, I used GDHPs. I never had feed issues with either.
As above, KTOG is a good resource for these pistols.
Lots of ammo tests/info to be found here, as well: http://www.mouseguns.com/amball.htm
Thanks HardShell for the advice about the Cor-bon's and for recommending the Mousegun site, its a cool site.